Are You The Problem Or The Solution

In the fire service today it appears to be more firefighters adding to the problems of the fire service versus being apart of the solution. In this article I want to throw out a few things for you all to ponder.

Training- When you do your training do you approach it with enthusiasm or do you gripe about it? When itís a handís on drill do you put energy into it or do you just go through the motions? Are you being honest with yourself and training on the subjects you know that you struggle with? Do you bring drill ideas? Set your objectives and once met your training is complete.

Education- When I say education most you probably think I mean achieving a college degree but thatís not what I mean. I do want to encourage those of you who donít have a college education to get it. It can only enhance your knowledge. What Iím talking about is more Continuing education. Signing up for fire academy courses at least two a year even if it’s just refreshing on classes you havenít taken in a while to update yourself. Remember this is a profession but yet a craft and itís our responsibility to know and to exercise the best practices possible.

Team work- Together, Everyone, Achieves, More. If we see one of our brothers doing positive things lets encourage them and check and see if you can lend a hand. Who knows you might even learn something along the way.

It is most troubling when I hear firefighters sitting around bashing another firefighter for wanting to better her or his self. Have you ever stopped to think that maybe you should try to follow suit? What do you do for your organization to make it better? Are you really there for the greater good or just yourself ? Yes butt kissing exists but jealousy is more prevalent. I encourage each and every one of you who read this article to ask yourself are you apart of the problem or the solution.

ďOn the mission of ignorance is the path to wisdom. LAO TZU


  • pfd24 says:

    just another idea on education—look at websites like this, and all of the other great sites that talk about the training, experiences and great ideas of firefighting. I can say that i have learned a ton of knowledge from these sites. Awesome post by the way. Stay safe

  • Engine Captain Missouri says:

    This is what all of us need to read, those who understand the true meaning of our profession, must continually in all we do help other to both understand and take our back our profession! Great post Brother!

    • Sameer says:

      The original tounge in cheek survey made me smile. Indeed, cynics and optimists alike should see the humour. To Robert I extend a nod of thanks for breaking the drudgery of the day. To Allen, however, I would take issue with your approach. Even though we do not share many political ideas I do respect your convictions and passion. I think it important that we extend this type of courtesy to friend and foe alike, since it is a mark of civility. I question your credibility when you start using terms like Fiberals. If it was not a petty act and merely just a typo I duly apologize; otherwise I would suggest that people would take you more seriously if you did not resort to name calling.

  • Intersting , but True.

  • firestudent1 says:

    Chief what part did you find interesting?

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