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Unfortunately in many cases we have lost the family connection. This is sad, but it is a part of American life in this the 21st Century. My point is quite simple: We can moan about the lack of young people in our world or step up to the plate and do something about it. The great leaders will step forward and adopt this as a critical part of their job. Moaning will do nothing to alleviate the problem. Only a conscious, active, concerned, and caring approach to building a productive future will work.
DR. HARRY R. CARTER, Ph.D., CFO, MIFireE, is a Firehouse® contributing editor. A municipal fire protection consultant based in Adelphia, NJ, he is the former president of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors. Dr. Carter is a past chief and active life member of the Adelphia Fire Company. Currently chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners for Howell Township District 2, he retired from the Newark, NJ, Fire Department in 1999 as a battalion commander. He also served as chief of training and commander of the Hazardous Materials Response Team. Dr. Carter is vice president of the American Branch of the Institution of Fire Engineers (MIFireE). He recently published Living My Dream: Dr. Harry Carter's 2006 FIRE Act Road Trip, which was also the subject of a Firehouse.com blog. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.