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The Kitchen Table Debrief – MAYDAY! The Goodness Spec

The Kitchen Table Debrief – MAYDAY! The Goodness Spec

In this article I have outlined what are, in my opinion, the five most detrimental obstacles to good Department SOPs. I have also included suggestions to address them when you see them in your department.

Another consideration you may want to introduce is to make your SOPs the Department “Goodness Specification”. Once you are happy with your guidelines, have a group of people from all ranks and job functions look them over. If they agree with what is written, let them sign-off on the document. Include their signatures in the officially released document to show their support.

If someone (anyone) has a suggestion for any portion of the “Goodness Spec”, listen to his/her issue: They may just make the end product a little better!

Fire Departments have changed a lot since I started back in 1991. “200 years of tradition unhampered by progress”? Hardly! We keep getting better all the time!

Thank you for giving me your attention!

Stay Safe!

Chief Ed Raposo, (Ret.)

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