Fire Life Inventory

As most at this point in the year start really taking inventory of their lives, what to be thankful for, New Years Resolutions. Have you taken the time to do a Fire Life Inventory? Fire Life Inventory yes! Does not matter if you are Paid or Volunteer are you happy with your career? Where do you want to be? Do you have the drive to achieve it? Do you have what it takes to fulfill the duties of the role?

Too often in the Fire Service I hear the excuse of this person or that person is holding me back, when the truth is the only person holding you back is YOU! The realization is that you have to put in more than you wanting back. More and more I hear firefighters say I just do my 24 and go home. How is that professional? When a doctor has a tough case that they are trying to solve, do you think they just go home a do nothing? This is the difference maker in being where you are and where you want to be. The firefighter that beat you out for that promotion is not always because they are in the right crowd, its because they wanted it more. While you were sleeping or wasting time they were studying, training,or getting drilled on the skills necessary for the next level. Being a Firefighter is the Greatest title any of us could ever have, and with that said; Have you taken inventory of what that really means? I encourage everyone to inventory their Fire Life to see where you are and decide where you want to be.

Now the most important part of our Fire Life is giving back. Give back to someone newer than you. If you are the newest person prepare yourself to give back what you have been given. Be proud of your department,company, and yourself. Starting now instead of finding reasons not too, find reasons too. My hope for all is that this year kicks off and unprecedented year of training in the Fire Service that is so overwhelming we can't keep up with the opportunities.

Remember Brothers/Sisters that training is your responsibility! Your department is going to most likely give you what's required and maybe something new, but you have to make that commitment to yourself, family, company, and community to be the best you can be. I look forward to your postings of your Success and God Bless you all in 2014. Nozzles and Hooks up! Remember too Keep it Basic.

1 Comment

  • Michael H says:

    This awesome I have been a professional career Firefighter for approx 14+ years, I have suffered a few major in the line of duty accidents I have recovered from them, but they could have been prevented if some would have only done what was written above, take the time my brothers/sisters in blue you fought to get that title of Firefighter, you worked harder than most could wanted, now that you have made it dont stop, nothing can replace proper hands-on training. Remember someone said the best thing that an Old Firefighter can do is to teach a young firefighter to become and Old Firefighter.  

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