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Be Mentally Prepared for "Other Duties as Assigned"

By AARON DEAN When you arrive at the firehouse, are you ready to perform your duties as assigned? Or, do you scramble to get your gear and get on the rig when the bells ring? Most of us are physically prepared to perform our duties when we arrive to work. We inspect our apparatus and check our equipment. We ensure our personal protective equipment is close to the rig. We ready ourselves for whatever the day has in store for us. Yet, are we ready to perform our duties? Did you get into an argument with a loved one just before you left the house for work? Were you running late, rushing to get to the firehouse on time? Did you get enough sleep on your off days? Are you feeling fatigued, tire...

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