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    Our department relies solely on the evening pager test for announcements for drills, etc. I have pointed out several times to department officers that many people are not around to hear the evening pager test, and if the announcement is only made once, there's little chance many people will get the message. I've suggested using e-mail communication, but the officers don't seem to respond to this. No bulletin board or calendar at the firehouse. Do most departments operate this way, and any suggestions that could be made to our officers to improve the flow of information to the members?


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    are you not aloud to put up a board or calendar? We put our training on a board, and also a calendar especially with one's still a few weeks away. It is also announced at our monthly meeting. if someone is unable to make it to the meeting, or some kind of training comes up that we find out about a few days ahead of time we will try to contact them to let them know about it.

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    Why cant you make a calendar on the cpu and pass it out at your meetings. I do it for our fd. I put the meeting nights which has been every monday ever since I've been around (some people have'nt figured that out yet) and I put the special meetings or trainings on it as well as whos duty weekend it is.We also have alpha pagers we use also. We hardly ever do a announcement over the radio about training unless a truck is going to be o.o.s.

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    Problem is officers hardly ever announce training or anything at monthly meetings.
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    What We've done in the past, because we too have the same problems sometimes with the Pagers is put out a Page in the AM notifying people of the events,one in the afternoon and one on the evening pager test. That way pretty much everyone(or at least the regulars too stuff) would hear it. Just a thought.
    If someone with multiple personalities threatens to kill himself, is it considered a hostage situation?

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    How about a department website? Department e-mail addresses for everyone? Broadcast list email is very easy and you can get domain names and hosting pretty cheaply these days. Cost you less to do that than it would to send snail mail announcements.
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    We have no ability to run a pager test.
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    Is it time for a new chief then?

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    Chief was just elected.
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    Very often we get a page about a training day or impromptu meeting the night before it is scheduled. Very little of what we do is scheduled too far in advance. Oh, and they love to cancel scheduled meetings and training days the night before as well. And they wonder why attendance and membership is low........

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    Sounds like we run from the same playbook SWLAFireDawg. Like others have suggested, with computers and e-mail, you would think . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by JD1234 View Post
    Sounds like we run from the same playbook SWLAFireDawg. Like others have suggested, with computers and e-mail, you would think . . .
    I will disagree everything as far as I'm concerned revolves around your leaders of the dept. If they are setting bad examples and not showing up only when they want to then that makes the members think the same. If your leaders showed up all the time like they should, then the members will see that as well and be there because the leaders would be showing they care and what not. What kind of training do you do?

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    So far, the training has consisted of classroom style training but it's nice to know more than 2 days or 1 day in advance that there is going to be training.
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    So you have no regularly scheduled training nights? And I am assuming, no pagers that have the voice record option?

    Both of those items would take care of your problems. Pick a day/night each month or twice a month and that is your training time. You don't have to have announcements or notes or emails or anything cuz everyone would know that is the day/night to show up for training. We've been doing that now for 120 years. We still have the same meeting night and the same training night.

    Voice record pagers will store the last few announcements so even if you miss the pager going off, you could play back the message later.

    Good luck. I think you will need it.
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    No voice record pager .
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    Oh dear. This is going to get bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bones42 View Post
    Good luck. I think you will need it.
    Yes, quoting myself. I definitely think it applies here.
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    Ask your chief one question. If he was having a heart attack, who would he want there to care for him? A paramedic or someone only trained in basic first aid? After he answers, ask him why he is willing to go to fires with lightly trained personel. It is a dangerous job we perform. Training paves the way for positive calls. A lack thereof is only asking for tradgedy.

    Good luck!>>Maybe find a new house

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    Well, we don't have, and would not allow, a bar area.

    We use alpha numerice/Text pagers, and we have meetings twice a month. But we do little if any training at the meeting. The training I get is what I pursue on my own.

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    So your dept doesn't even have the ability to put out messages even if it means using the radio at your station to put the message over the pager. We usually do that or we have the options of being able to set our tones from the hall or just get our dispatch too do it
    If someone with multiple personalities threatens to kill himself, is it considered a hostage situation?

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