Maybe it is me, but anyone else feel that because of our job we are making the average IQ of the world lower?
Here is my argument. 80-90% of the people we go help have put themselves in a bad position, either intentionally or by their own ignorance. If it wasn't for people like us saving them from themselves they would thin out the herd. Darwinism at its finest.
Don't get me wrong, I love my job. Helping people in their greatest time of need, all that good stuff. I get personal satisfaction by doing my best for our customers. I think we are pretty awesome for what we are able to do.
But occasionally, after saving someone from themselves, I sit and wonder; "If I would have just choked that person instead of giving them life saving care would the world be better?" Especially if they left the Earth before having a chance to procreate, passing their stupid gene on to another generation.
I truly believe that if all the safety innovations (seatbelts, airbags, safety buttons on circular saws, ground fault electrical plugs...) were taken away for about 30 or 40 years we could thin out the gene pool of stupid people. Sure there would be "collateral damage", a few Nobel Peace Prize winners might die when they get t-boned in an intersection, but the "collateral damage" is for the betterment of society.
Relax everyone, all spoken out of light hearted frustration and sarcasm. I love this job, just wanted to know if anyone else thinks like me.
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Thread: Frustration of the occupation
06-22-2011, 03:24 PM #1
Frustration of the occupation~Drew
06-22-2011, 03:42 PM #2
06-22-2011, 03:52 PM #3
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- Why? It's not like you're going to visit me! But I'm near Waco, Texas
Most of us that have been doing this a long time feel the same way. When I reach that point a nice vacation is in order.NREMT-P\ Volunteer Fire Chief\Tactical Paramedic
Experts built the Titanic, amateurs built the Ark.
06-22-2011, 03:55 PM #4
As they say, stupid should hurt.
Unfortunately, by the time you discover who your "victim" is, it's usually too late to step away...Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.
Everyone goes home. Safety begins with you.
06-22-2011, 04:22 PM #5
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- Rural Wisconsin, work in the burbs of Milwaukee
Stupid people, accidents, and illness are why we have a job in the first place.
Think positively, they are job security. Well, at least to some extent.“The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live.” Leo F. Buscaglia
This place gets weirder and weirder every day...
06-22-2011, 04:23 PM #6
stupid is as stupid doesFirefighting - one of the few professions left that still makes house calls.
06-22-2011, 05:35 PM #7
OK... we all agree that some things we do perhaps disrupt "Natural Selection", and perhaps will have a long range effect in future chapters of "On the the Origin of Species", but as Fyred stated so eloquently...
We have Job Security...
As long as people do things to themselves or others that defy common sense, there will be a firefighter in the solution.
I just wouldn't sit around and dwell to much on it...
Time is better spent on solving the chicken/egg question (circular reference) or Quantum Physics, E = hvHAVE PLAN.............WILL TRAVEL
06-22-2011, 06:25 PM #8
All that time and this is the best you can do? Has the heat got to your head?Logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead.
06-22-2011, 06:46 PM #9
That would leave only six or eight people posting on here, bad for buisness.IAFF
06-22-2011, 08:25 PM #10
06-22-2011, 09:27 PM #11
Fine. I missed you.Logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead.
06-23-2011, 08:39 AM #12
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06-23-2011, 08:45 AM #13
06-23-2011, 01:12 PM #14
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The sad thing is - the emergency services role in "defeating natural selection" is just a drop in the bucket compared to the out of control social programs that have evolved. In my neck of the woods, it is unreal how many people under 35 are on SSI.?
06-23-2011, 04:28 PM #15
Read through the articles on fh.com and some of the threads that have appeared in here.
The fire service has enough incidents that show we are not all that much better."This thread is being closed as it is off-topic and not related to the fire industry." - Isn't that what the Off Duty forum was for?
06-23-2011, 07:34 PM #16
WE need more stringent selection requirements, and the gene pool needs fewer lifeguards and more chlorine!AJ, MICP, FireMedic
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06-23-2011, 08:59 PM #17"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY
06-24-2011, 01:47 AM #18
06-24-2011, 07:59 AM #19
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_W1lll5Z3Q8"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY
06-24-2011, 08:21 AM #20
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