There is always work to be done around the fire station. There’s the usual cleaning duties like sweeping, wiping down the counters, cleaning the bathrooms, washing out the coffee pot, and so forth. Then there’s the upkeep and maintenance of all the trucks (apparatus’). Everything from checking the fluids and washing the outside regularly, to cleaning out the compartments and the inside of the vehicles. There’s lawn maintenance and minor repairs to the station itself. Things like repairing a door, replacing light bulbs, touch-up painting, etc.
One of the jobs I’ve been busy doing lately is labeling all new equipment & gear with the fire department initials. It’s a simple job, which makes it perfect for a rookie like myself who doesn’t need to be doing anything that I haven’t been trained on yet. Now just because it’s simple doesn’t mean it’s not important. We work a lot of mutual aid calls in our area so it’s highly important that all of our equipment is labeled with our department initials. If not we could easily end up short a pike pole, or some other tool, and have no clue that it was left leaning against another crew’s truck or somewhere else.
Take pride in having a clean station and clean equipment.
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