Chief's vehicle taken away...
Ok, so the politicians are starting again!
A new rule has just been passed in our city. No city employee is allowed to take their work vehicle home after hours. Our chief who is a career chief, has to bring his POV to the station in the morning, and after hours, he is to either go to the station, or designate someone to drive his chief vehicle to the scene.
The vehicle is leased by the city, and not the FD. However, the chiefs vehicle has his radio's, TIC monitor, and all the other gifts and gadgets that a chief should have.
The city council put out a letter to the chief stating that he can designate someone to drive his vehicle to the scene after hours. The problem encountered is this... If we only have 2-3 people on midnight (We are volunteer, manned 24/7/365), this delays the person driving his vehicle getting packed up for whatever the call.
I think this policy was put into place because of other city employee's abusing the system, "personal use", but our chief uses it to get to work, go home from work, and answer calls. His normal hours are 9-5 Mon through Fri, and all calls that he deems necessary to answer, which he answers everything that sounds like it could be major.
Thoughts and opinions please...
Also note that, not only am I volunteer, but even if he tells me I am the "designated driver of his vehicle", I will not take his vehicle to the scene, especially if the call involves entrapment etc. I am not trying to sound like an idiot when I say this, but why should we, the department put the peoples lives in jeopardy, because of a stupid policy that they are trying to enforce? Our chief is very well liked by the department, as well as the citizens, and he is also quite upset that not only is this putting the residents in jeopardy, but also the firefighters on the rigs.
Thanks, and be safe