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Approaching April
Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2012

Dear Inbound friends and family,


It is hard to believe it is already almost April.  We have a lot to get done before fire season gets here.  Of course we have our annual pack test and refresher (next to be held on April 28th in Eugene), but there are also opportunities for advanced firefighter training and supervisor training.  In addition, we will have an all hands meeting in June in Oakridge and also one in June in Cave Junction.


Hopefully by now you are well into your physical fitness plan to get in great shape for the season.  This past weekend we had our first pack test of the year, and everyone who took it passed easily.  We also had our first refresher training.  Steve Clarke always does an excellent job.  We welcomed a few new members to the Inbound family and it was good to see some old friends.


One question I asked was, "What kind of company do you want to work for?"  I heard that we want to work for a reliable company and an honest company.  Those are important traits in a culture.  I think overhead would agree and would keep an honest reliable crew over the alternatives.  I want to add that you should insist on working for a safe company.  I take safety seriously and want you to know that.  I hope you do to.  Wearing appropriate safety gear when on task is part of it.  Wearing your seat belt at all times is part of it.  Having a company culture where you can bring up a safety concern to your supervisor without fear of reprisal is part of it.  Trusting your leadership and their decisions is part of it.  For us to be a safe company we have to maintain a culture of continuous improvement and learning.  A good refresher is part of it too.  Our frequent all hands meetings are also part of it.  Please keep your ideas coming so we can continue to get better.


The next training is on April 28th in Eugene.  Please rsvp with me at 503-473-4851 so I can have enough food and drinks for everyone at the training.


Stay Dry,


Dillon


PS  Check out this video from a fire in Colorado earlier this week.  http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=6a1_1333050490