After finishing my current endeavors, I plan to pursue a career in the fire service. One of the things that is important to me is that I genuinely integrate myself into whatever community I serve as a firefighter. Community integration seems to be a very real concern in various locations (I can think of places such as Detroit and St. Louis and issues such as residency requirements). The general advice on applying is to apply everywhere and keep an open mind. With such wide possibilities for getting on the "job," what do you all think about integrating yourselves into the communities that you hope to serve in fire/rescue? By "integrate", I mean concerning yourself with the normal concerns of a citizen in the neighborhood/city you serve (economic, political, social, etc).

I am in no way suggesting that it is wrong to not have the same conviction as me. I'm just curious about the perceptions of service and community among prospective fire candidates. Thanks.