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Mission, Not Only Work
Firefighters not only have each other’s back but also help other people, says Zbyšek Orzech, who coordinates the ŠKODA AUTO fire brigade.
byšek Orzech became a volunteer firefighter 20 years ago, and when he started working for ŠKODA AUTO, he already knew the field perfectly. However, he does not consider firefighting a job, but rather a mission. As a coordinator, he is currently more concerned with administration than the practical firefighting profession, which represents a new challenge for him. “My goal is to have high-quality and highly professional firefighters on the team and to provide them with adequate working conditions, which I think I’m managing well”, explains Orzech. There has to be a high degree of cohesion between the firefighters – they have each other’s back. Therefore, he strives to unite the whole team and defend its interests. “However, my highest priority is to ensure that all my subordinates and ŠKODA AUTO employees return home every day in good health”, he says.
According to Orzech, situations in which they would face a choice between following the rules and adhering to their personal beliefs are more or less non-existent with firefighters. “We’re not only ŠKODA AUTO employees but, above all, professional firefighters, and our actions are bound by very strict legislation. We take all our steps with a clear conscience and with regard to the responsibility we bear”, he continues. All the people who work for the rescue services must show great discipline. It can’t be done without it. Discipline goes hand in hand with will. “It is important for me to have a goal that I want to achieve. As far as the aforementioned responsibility is concerned, we simply have to have it within us. We carry it not only for ourselves but also for our colleagues and no less for other people when we’re deployed to fight a fire”, adds Orzech. ED