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I am always amazed at how many critically important issues there are to manage in the fire department. With any high risk occupation the day is filled with decisions that have long lasting effects. Yet it seems that we never have time to do things right but we always have time to do them over.............. and when a departments crisis is at its height, we are reminded of our duty to ensure that everyone is wearing the correct t-shirt. What! Yep it seems when things get tough we sometimes have a tendency to spring into our comfort zone. It is easy to catch the savage ill reputed wrong t-shirt wearer and scorn him with shame but it is hard tackle the fact that someone didn't lay out when the should have, someone ran out of air on the 4th floor of an apartment after having a low air alarm sounding for 5 minutes prior, or someone forgot to budget for air cylinders that reached their maximum life span this year. Oh how we love to dwell on the t-shirts that have changed designs three times in five years! New chief = new t-shirt, new patch, new name.......... When the house has a roof leak you should get it fixed before painting over the water stains! This video is several years old but illustrates how the whole t-shirt and constant changing uniform design is perceived by the troops.....enjoy! http://youtu.be/h_VD_bOdA2Q

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Comment by Bobby Halton on January 30, 2014 at 11:25am

Smoke Daddy, Fantastic post and you couldn't be more spot on. When the clueless jump into action it's usually for all the wrong reasons or doing the wrong thing harder. Having been clueless myself several times I know how easy it is to fall into this trap! Thank you for another outstanding Hump Day SOS

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