Make it a reason, not an excuse ( A new safety campaign)
Every time my mom asked why didn't I do one of my chores, I inevitably replied with an excuse. That excuse started with "Because...". My mom would always interrupt with, "It better be a good reason, don't give me an excuse."
Even when I went to fire stations, I'd hear guys yelling, "Why didn't you....?" and the reply was, "Because I didn't have time" or "Because it was his job, not mine". I thought, well at least me not doing my chores isn't as life threatening a mistake as them not checking their gear. I remembered a day when I was little and helped roll hoses. It was really hard work and a firefighter asked me why I wanted to be doing this hard work instead of just climbing on the trucks. I replied, "Because if they are not rolled right, someone might not come home. That's a really good reason."
So that wish for every first responder to be safe was the inspiration for my new campaign.
I'd like to launch a new campaign "Because.... Make it a reason, not an excuse."
I'm challenging every firefighter to start each day, shift, or station meeting, with the pledge Because... and give a REASON they are going to do something that day they don't often remember to do, or don't want to do, or often overlook.
- Because I care about my brothers safety, today I'm going to (insert station chore here)
- Because I love my kids, I am going to check my gear after every call to make sure I come home safe.
- Because I love my wife/husband/significant other, today I am going to buckle up.
When disaster strikes, it's an accident if it was unpreventable - it's a tragedy if there's an excuse. Who wants their friends or family to hear, "it happened cause he/she didn't/forgot......"?
So start your meeting with everyone writing on a board their reason that month. Or put a note by your locker or by your family's photo with your Because promise. Write "Because..." on your hand or your helmet as a reminder to take a little of your time TODAY to get a safety chore done.
It's better to pledge /promise to do something you don't really want to do, then to explain with excuses why you didn't and something went wrong. Trust me on this ... excuses never justified anything with my mom. :/
P.S. I would love to hear some of your pledges. I'll post some of the responses to inspire others. Please help me spread the word BECAUSE.... because I want everyone to be safe.