Firefighting

Sometimes Quirky Wins

Issue 2 and Volume 170.

By ALAN BRUNACINI In a recent discussion with a group of fire service bosses, we exchanged the mutual frustrations we had all experienced in attempting to deal with how the nature of our business creates a fertile environment for the energetic exchange of informal/unofficial communication among the members. The subject of this very active ongoing communications festival relates to the people, places, and things in and around our organizations. It should be no surprise that a profession with a very selective entry system inhabited by high performance, very smart, very energetic humans with a high need for information sometimes on a slow day will invent and then circulate their own news – in fact, some of our gifted members will take that ability to an art form. It is very predictable that this creative communications inclination will extend to the production and circulation of rumors and gossip. The bosses I…

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