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    Question Morning exchange of information

    We are a full time department with 3 platoons and I am looking to change our departments semi formal exchange of morning information, ie., calls ran, new equipment, moved equipment, maintainence, etc. It is actually pretty informal and there are things not always exchanged. I am looking to see if there are any op's that you have for your department because I would like to make this a standard. Ours is usually just a quick walk by and a phrase. I would like to see more of a sit down and if possible an exchange of some object from one engineer to another if there is anything of that sort out there. Please give any info.
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    IMHO, one of the best ways is to have an "Handing over book". Jot down the items that need to be handed over to the next shift as they occur, then when you are being relieved by the oncoming shift you will be able to hand over without missing anything. It makes life a lot easier.

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    Default Our method...

    We keep a pass down book in quarters. Anything of interest that happens during our tour -- vehicle maintenance, equipment changes, out of service apparatus or gear -- is noted in the book. Also, it's the master schedule for the department. Tours, special meetings and classes are also marked as they are scheduled to prevent suprises. (i.e. "I didn't know we had 98 first graders coming to the station today!")

    We pass down the information verbally, and the book (a large 3", 3-binder with loose-leaf calendar pages) is the back up... Not that firefighters would ever forget to pass something down.

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    Jimmy, try a pass down log and policy or SOP of Items
    that SHALL be included in the shift Pass Down Log. This
    will kill two birds with one stone; first it gives you a
    written account of what was/is passed to the other shifts,
    and ensures ALL shifts get the required info.(disemenate
    and accountability)So now when Capt'n Joe says " No chief
    I'm positive I told, "C"platoon, Lt John (who's acting) that
    the vent saw was out of service, you have a way to confirm
    this occurence and now "B" has a way to get this info.
    Also make the officer sign this log at the end of shift
    in a manner that no additions can be made. As to design
    any ledger log book will work.

    Hope this helps

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    Originally posted by Gregorychief
    Jimmy, try a pass down log and policy or SOP of Items
    that SHALL be included in the shift Pass Down Log. This
    will kill two birds with one stone; first it gives you a
    written account of what was/is passed to the other shifts,
    and ensures ALL shifts get the required info.(disemenate
    and accountability)So now when Capt'n Joe says " No chief
    I'm positive I told, "C"platoon, Lt John (who's acting) that
    the vent saw was out of service, you have a way to confirm
    this occurence and now "B" has a way to get this info.
    Also make the officer sign this log at the end of shift
    in a manner that no additions can be made. As to design
    any ledger log book will work.

    Hope this helps
    And have each oncoming officer sign each page entered since he last was on duty to indicate that he has read it - we discovered it's useless having a log if nobody reads it.
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