Putting Out Fires at Work …

You know how some people complain that they can’t get any work done because all they do on the job every day is just “put out fires” ??

Well, that old adage became literal for me Tuesday morning when fire broke out in the utility area of the large conference center I manage.

Yuk! Black oily smoke from melting PVC pipe permeated an extensive portion of the meeting rooms. In the end, it wasn’t a big fire and the flames were doused in a few minutes.

No permanent damage, but it’s surprising how messy, how extensive and how expensive a simple smoke situation can be!

Nobody was hurt, that’s the important thing.


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Late bloomer ... aspiring writer and musician.
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5 Responses to Putting Out Fires at Work …

  1. I’ve been fighting with myself about responging to a part of your post. As you are talking about real fires, not the business kind, I’ve held back for a few hours, but, sigh… I just gotta say it…

    The reason there are people in business who excell in putting out fires is because that is how they define themselves. Worse, they need fires to put out, much like doctors have a vested interest in the sick and injured, they, too, have a vested interest in there being fires to put out.

    To make a healthy business, managment should give kudos to the people who never have fires to put out–those who just get their job done on a regular basis. Giving props to the firemen pretty much insures more fires.

    There. I said it and I’m glad.


    Sorry if I changed the nature of your post.

  2. Judson says:

    Richard .. Very well put. There is a lot to be said for being the type of business person that nobody ever notices.

  3. nrhatch says:

    I’m glad that no one was hurt. But what a mess. 😦

  4. Judson says:

    Nancy … LOL. That was just the first one! At least three others showed up. The fire was doused inside of 15 minutes. But, the smoke … wow.

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