The Fire Scene: Firefighting: "The Greatest Job"

In the weeks and months following 9/11, many unique and motivational phrases, bumper stickers and signs began appearing around New York City and in its firehouses. One in particular said, “FDNY Still the Greatest Job on Earth”. It was true before 9/11...


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Of course, we cannot say the word sacrifice without acknowledging that firefighters also give their lives in the discharge of their duties. It is not a designed outcome, but instead a tragic turn of events that results in sacrifice. The sacrifice is not a conscious decision at the moment it occurs, but rather a decision made years earlier to engage in work that could be dangerous or even deadly.

Firefighting is truly the greatest job on earth! n

 

John J. Salka Jr. presents “You Are Not In the Front Seat to Beep the Horn” at Firehouse World 2014.