Risky Business: Consent Safety and Fire Fighting Culture. Essay

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Risky Business: Consent Safety and fire fighting Culture.

This case study introduces us to the risk, safety measures, and issues involved in fire fighting. The title of the case study is Risky Business: Consent Safety and fire fighting Culture. The case discusses the Bay City fire fighting department which is known “as one of the most advanced in the country” (2010). The case highlights the fact that though the department has one of the most highly trained fire fighters in its team, the chief is concerned about some security issues which were due to result of negligence and disobedience on the behalf of the firefighters.
There are several examples given in the case which include deaths of both the fire firefighters and the clients
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Rather, it puts them and many other lives associated with them in danger as well. They actually need to realize the opportunity cost of their behavior that has to be shared by many others.
The directness in which the policies and procedures are given to the firefighters shows the seriousness in which the management staff is taking things. Yet the ‘resistance’ to follow these organizational rules is taking place and resulting in loss of life. Thus the communication problem lies at the point where the trainers need to shape the behaviors and attitudes of fire fighters towards their jobs.
The need and the solution to this problem is to conduct a “transformation’ of sorts on the “Ideology” of the Fire Station. “The term transformation highlights how local social movements attempt to “effect large-scale, collective changes in the domains of state policy, corporate practice, social structure, cultural norms, and daily lived experience”. (2010) While “the term ideology refers to our basic, often unexamined, assumptions about how things are or ought to be”. (2010) By working with the firefighters and reestablishing roles in the fire house, the Fire Chief will be able to effect change on a large scale throughout the house, thus allowing the day to day

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