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    Default Fire Department Culture

    We just posted a new podcast on Radio@Firehouse titled "The Leaderís Toolbox: Influencing Success Through Fire Department Culture", where host Richard Gasaway talks with Shreveport Chief Kelvin Cochran about the firehouse culture and some of the common themes that have been found across the country.

    After you listen to the show, use this thread to talk about your department's culture. Where do you think it is? Where do you think it's heading? Can it be improved, and if so, what needs to be done?


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    Great.

    I thought you were going to teach us how to get rid of that fungus growth in the showers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyingKiwi View Post
    Great.

    I thought you were going to teach us how to get rid of that fungus growth in the showers.

    I live and learn.
    Kiwi keep the penguins out of the shower and you will not have a problem.

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    Cool

    We have culture in our fridge as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davjohnson View Post
    We have culture in our fridge as well.
    A little bleach water will take care of that for you.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by davjohnson View Post
    We have culture in our fridge as well.


    .....look's like your departments "boot" isn't doing their job properly!
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    Very good podcast BTW.
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    Default Fire Department Culture

    This podcast emphasized the role of the Chief and Company Officers in changing culture, but I believe the most effective change can come when we fire fighters recognize a need for change and influence each other. We are not children. We are highly trained individuals who know our jobs. We know the rigs need to be cleaned, the equipment needs to be checked and maintained, the fire hall needs to be cleaned, and our seatbelts need to be worn at all times. I agree that policies and procedures need to be in place but, unless we are mushrooms living in the dark, we know what needs to be done. So lets not wait for someone to tell us what we already know. Lets just do it.

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    Well, we usually start the day with a tribal dance.

    Actually, I'm not sure I could define our culture. I really don't see one there, but if you asked someone who wasn't on our department, I'm sure they could give you an unbiased and objective opinion. A lot of the guys are so different you could just as easily say we're a combination of many cultures, if that doesn't sound cheezy enough as it is.

    Edit: That is not to mean that we do not function as one unit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Schnuazer View Post
    This podcast emphasized the role of the Chief and Company Officers in changing culture, but I believe the most effective change can come when we fire fighters recognize a need for change and influence each other. We are not children. We are highly trained individuals who know our jobs. We know the rigs need to be cleaned, the equipment needs to be checked and maintained, the fire hall needs to be cleaned, and our seat-belts need to be worn at all times. I agree that policies and procedures need to be in place but, unless we are mushrooms living in the dark, we know what needs to be done. So lets not wait for someone to tell us what we already know. Lets just do it.
    Good point.

    We had a discussion about seat-belts as part of last year's stand down for safety. That's exactly how I posed it to them. I didn't threaten discipline, just talked about how important it was they get home after the call.

    The pledge was passed and was voluntary.

    Some senior guys supported it, spoke up, and boom.. it's a done deal.

    The seatbelt compliance is one of the things i'm most proud of as chief, and here I had very little to do with it!
    I am now a past chief and the views, opinions, and comments are mine and mine alone. I do not speak for any department or in any official capacity. Although, they would be smart to listen to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiefKN View Post
    Good point.

    We had a discussion about seat-belts as part of last year's stand down for safety. That's exactly how I posed it to them. I didn't threaten discipline, just talked about how important it was they get home after the call.

    The pledge was passed and was voluntary.

    Some senior guys supported it, spoke up, and boom.. it's a done deal.

    The seatbelt compliance is one of the things i'm most proud of as chief, and here I had very little to do with it!
    Creating an environment where personnel influence positive change without you having to force change upon them is a sign of exceptional leadership. Giving credit to your people for the work they have done is another sign. I know, as a fire fighter, I respond better to somebody saying "what do you think about this?" instead of "this is what you are going to do."

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