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 it’s a hand’s 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 that’s not what I mean. I do want to encourage those of you who don’t have a college education to get it. It can only enhance your knowledge. What I’m 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 haven’t taken in a while to update yourself. Remember this is a profession but yet a craft and it’s 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.
“On the mission of ignorance is the path to wisdom. LAO TZU