I was at a department not to long ago visiting and looking at their equipment and noticed that they needed better updated equipment. When I finished looking at the departments trucks the chief asked “what do you think”? I took a few minutes to think about how I should respond without sounding disrespectful and then I replied “you have some great trucks and equipment but have you and your men ever think about maybe getting more equipment”? He looked at me and said “We can’t afford it”. When I was on my way home I started to think about what that the chief had said to me. In today’s fire service the statement “we can’t afford it” has become all to common. No matter the size of the department or if it is paid or volunteer equipment and trucks can be obtain just by throwing out the “we can’t” and replace it with “how can we”? The fact of the matter is the mind is a computer and will only work with what it is given to work with. So when we say “we cant afford it” our minds shut down and does not try to think beyond that but when we say “how can we afford it” then or minds go into over drive thinking of all the ways both inside and out the box on how to obtain the money to buy the equipment. There is many ways to obtain money outside of grants for example bingo, bake sales, yard sales and etc. So I encourage you please don’t say “we can’t afford it” and start saying “how can we afford it”? I wish you and department the best so until next time stay safe and take care.
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