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    Does anyone use turnover reports? We used to do verbal reports but now chief wants written reports. If anyone uses this could you help with a format?

  • #2
    we use firehouse software. having 2 stations we enter a "intershift memo" and we do a verbal along with that.

    it is as simple as
    "Truck 1 is OOS"
    "Paper towels needed at st2 - b-shift contact secretary"
    "Engine 2 needs A-foam, none in reserve"
    Originally Posted by madden01
    "and everyone is encouraged to use Plain, Spelled Out English. I thought this was covered in NIMS training."

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    • #3
      We have a checklist of house duties etc that both officers sign off on offgoing that said it was done and oncoming that it was checked and the station is OK.
      It only came about after guys not doing what they were assigned, police yourselves and don't force the Admin into doing something like that.
      E-mail me and I'll see if I can find a copy on the server for you.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by mja2770 View Post
        Does anyone use turnover reports? We used to do verbal reports but now chief wants written reports. If anyone uses this could you help with a format?
        I take that this is a small department and your chief hasn't a lot to do except to micro manage.

        We have used a log book, journal, for years and years. Eveything important is logged in by the office in charge of the companies for each day. First to go in the log is the members on duty and where they are operating, plus all members off on the shift or detailed to another company. Other insertations could be all scba's checked, EMS equipment checked, the apparats OS to the shop, on the district, OS to Training, supplies received, new hose received and tested, etc... Also listed is the watch list and the daily house and apparatus duties, such as floors stripped and waxed, compartments and tools clean.

        The officers when they releive each other goes over the happenings from the last shift and anything unusual about a run or anything.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by CaptOldTimer View Post
          I take that this is a small department and your chief hasn't a lot to do except to micro manage.

          We have used a log book, journal, for years and years. Eveything important is logged in by the office in charge of the companies for each day. First to go in the log is the members on duty and where they are operating, plus all members off on the shift or detailed to another company. Other insertations could be all scba's checked, EMS equipment checked, the apparats OS to the shop, on the district, OS to Training, supplies received, new hose received and tested, etc... Also listed is the watch list and the daily house and apparatus duties, such as floors stripped and waxed, compartments and tools clean.

          The officers when they releive each other goes over the happenings from the last shift and anything unusual about a run or anything.
          Exactly the same here.
          RK
          cell #901-494-9437

          Management is making sure things are done right. Leadership is doing the right thing. The fire service needs alot more leaders and a lot less managers.

          "Everyone goes home" is the mantra for the pussification of the modern, American fire service.


          Comments made are my own. They do not represent the official position or opinion of the Fire Department or the City for which I am employed. In fact, they are normally exactly the opposite.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by CaptOldTimer View Post
            I take that this is a small department and your chief hasn't a lot to do except to micro manage.

            We have used a log book, journal, for years and years. Eveything important is logged in by the office in charge of the companies for each day. First to go in the log is the members on duty and where they are operating, plus all members off on the shift or detailed to another company. Other insertations could be all scba's checked, EMS equipment checked, the apparats OS to the shop, on the district, OS to Training, supplies received, new hose received and tested, etc... Also listed is the watch list and the daily house and apparatus duties, such as floors stripped and waxed, compartments and tools clean.

            The officers when they releive each other goes over the happenings from the last shift and anything unusual about a run or anything.
            When I worked full time that is exactly what we had too. A daily log book/journal is exactly what you need. You can buy them at the local office supply or bookstore for about 8 bucks.
            Jason Knecht
            Firefighter/EMT
            Township Fire Dept., Inc.
            Eau Claire, WI

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            • #7
              Wow, isn't it amazing that most fire departments operate about the same!!


              We too use the journal that one can get at office max or staples.

              We also use the computer programs, to log in runs, hose lays, engine pumped, ladders used and other related information. This keeps a running total for everything that is tracted. Most like what other department do as well.

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              • #8
                We always used a log book for shift change. Station or duty officers had their own, Captains and crew had alog book, detailed tasks accomplished, anything new in areas, hydrant out, road closed due to construction, buildings with any problems, etc. Usually officer and his crewwould participate in a verbal handover at shift change.

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                • #9
                  We're basically the same. The station log contains the on duty crew, the apparatus #'s and a few checks. Runs and personnel changes mid shift are also logged in.
                  Then there is a seperate journal for personal entries such as, address, locker number, badge number for each person, and any injuries.
                  The apparatus each have their own logs for equipment checks and mechanical checks. Anything found that needs to be repaired gets requested through the fire shop.
                  Anything found that needs to be repaired for the station gets requested through facilities.
                  IAFF

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                  • #10
                    IMHO only,

                    Sounds like your chief is looking for an excuse to nail someone for "dereliction of duty in regards to proper reporting procedure" by making them put it on paper. He can't control an verbal report, he can control a written report. "oh, I see here that you did such and such, but failed to notify your relief in your written XYZ-234 Form! I'll have to dock you...."

                    We too use the journal book (have for decades) to log runs, equipment problems, visitors to the station (vendors/repairmen not family or friends), dept members families deaths/retirements, etc. The offgoing person AT EVERY POSITION gives a verbal report to his relief, but this is not a requirement, rather highly suggested. The officer of the truck is responsible to review the log book before he signs his name in as having assumed command.

                    Course, if your guys can't seem to do the right thing and give proper complete verbal reports, then you may have to go with the written. Guys screwing it up for themselves...hmm that never happens eh?

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                    • #11
                      Ours is a combo-
                      Outgoing LT has the updated list of OOS hydrants, closed roads/construction, respones for pervious 24 hour incidents, special information for the day (IE: Other than shift training, pub-ed, tours, city meetings etc), and anything else the LT deems necessary to pass down. Typically incoming LT reads it over, passes the pages around and assigns personnel for details as he sees fit or personnel volunteer. LT gives a quick run down and loose time line for events taking place given theres not a response interfering and we get to work.

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                      • #12
                        We use a log book also. Company officer is responsable for filling it out during the shift. We log who is on overtime, station duties completed, equipment out of service, etc. For apparatus we enter repairs needed and equipment issues into a computer. A print out from the computer hangs on the drivers side door. Drivers handwrite changes to the paper in door and Lt. updates it periodically. Oncoming crews have a verbal exchange with offgoing crews. Drivers double check truck sheet so nothing is missed and Lt. do the same with the log book. The chief can view the computerized truck sheet for each firehouse from his office so he can schedule repairs and order appropriate equipment.

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