UnitIII Letter M. Norris.docx - Meg Norris 123 Riley St...

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Meg Norris 123 Riley St University Town, USA 12345 3 January, 2019 New Rookie Firefighter University Fire Station University Lane University Town, USA 12345 Dear Rookie Firefighter: Welcome to University Fire Station! You have joined an amazing team of experienced firefighters; as part of this team, you have one additional responsibility that you should consider part of your duties. It will be hard to accomplish at times, and might even cause a little apprehension the first time you perform this duty. But you have already demonstrated your dedication and willingness to perform challenging tasks that others might shirk just by completing your initial training and joining our department. I am speaking of your duty to care enough about your safety, the safety of your fellow firefighters, and the safety of the people we serve to speak up if you ever see something that causes you to be concerned. This could mean insisting that everyone, including the firefighter conducting the training, wear proper PPE during training exercises. I’m sure you’ve already heard that we aim to train how we will respond so that we respond how we trained. Just because someone has the knowledge to instruct others does not mean that they have not become complacent with the tasks they are training you to perform. Repetition breeds complacency and can lead to someone getting hurt in a manner that is easily preventable. Speaking up might mean that on the fire ground you ask a more experienced officer to stop the task they are doing because you notice a hazard they either missed or disregarded. Often seasoned firefighters get focused on completing the job and can miss a potential danger that someone standing on the periphery might see clearly. It could even mean that you

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