Re: Station Watch Log Books
Are you saying tradition is a bad thing? I don't feel keeping a log book in addition to a computer log is bad. It is a quick way of glancing at the previous shifts runs and activities, without having to dive into the computer records.
Originally posted by fireman077
Besides tradition - "we have always kept a daily watch log book" - what would be the reason to continue doing this?
Re: Re: Station Watch Log Books
No - not all all. I believe that we should remember where we came from, honor those who served before us, and continue to serve with the finest traditions that got us to where we are now.
Originally posted by Engine5FF
Are you saying tradition is a bad thing? ...
With that said, I do not believe in continuing a practice that is outdated, inaccurate, inconsistent, and a paperwork exercise for the sake of tradition - "because we have always done it this way".
From the replies, there seems to be many departments that have a very good handle on the continued use of the station watch log book. They seem to follow the true intent and find that it's use is the best way to handle daily company level documentation. These are the responses that I was hoping to see and I am glad that many of these fine departments are carrying on a tradition that also is still a practical manner of recording activities.
On the other hand, in my department, I feel that the practical use of this recording keeping book has been surpassed by other means that we are required to maintain.
Thanks for all of the replies.