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is on the other—both watching with video cam-
eras. Now, go do your job.
While it seems silly, it’s really a great way to maintain focus and appropriate behavior. What would
you do or how would you act if “they” were watch-ing? Yep—exactly. Years ago, I had a firefighter come
in my office to talk to me about his libido problem.
It was extraordinarily active. That wouldn’t be an
issue other than his wife was a weapons expert, and
he wanted to live a long, fruitful life. So, I told him
the above, to imagine the chief and his mom on his
shoulders and now behave in a way you wouldn’t be
ashamed. He seemed to get it.
A few hours into that evening, we turned out for
a stabbing victim at a bar. While I wouldn’t
normally go to that, I was in the area and
responded to assist given the nature of the
call, it being a weekend night and a crowded
place. I was in the lot observing the crew
working. Around them, as they worked on
the victim in the front outside, were some
well-dressed men and women, not unlike
what you would see at a club. While this was
going on, I saw that same firefighter from
earlier working on the victim, but he was
also looking at the many women watching
him. He looked at them, then his eyes met
mine. He smiled and patted himself on the
shoulder as to let me know he remembered
our discussion. On his shoulder was his mom,
so to speak … and he went back to focusing
on his job.
It’s a simple story but drives home the
point on how we should behave—and behave
naturally, not as an afterthought. Of course,
these days there’s always a very good chance
you are on video.
For a variety of reasons that psychiatrists
could help us better understand, we don’t
always behave as we should when in the
firehouse. And while that’s no excuse to do
anything other than behave, it is our personal
responsibility to act in a manner that we
would want our children, grandchildren, or
spouse treated by others. It’s “Golden Rule”
stuff that we expect to be followed. So, what
happens when we don’t behave?
We need systems in place. Systems in place
means that there are “built-in” ways to correct
initial problems when our personal or profes-
sional behavior starts to slide off the rails.
It’s the speed limit sign. It’s the officer in the
front seat telling you to slow down. It’s the
EVER reminds you to behave properly based
on POLICY and LAWS to slow down, to
wear your gear, to treat that other firefighter
like you would want one of your own children
treated. It’s policy and training firefighters exactly
what is expected of them—and what is not tolerated.
It is also the training and APTITUDE DETERMI-
NATION used to determine if someone who may
be a great firefighter can be a great officer. When the
officers “get it,” the problems can be avoided. Or,
when problems do pop up, they can be immediately,
properly, legally, and fairly corrected. It’s about being
in an organization that certainly likes to have fun
when the time is right, but not at the expense of
another person. I can’t cover much more of that here,
but I urge you to reach out to the International Asso-
ciation of Fire Chiefs (IAFC); it has a very active bul-