Curious question to decision makers
Having come from suppression and into prevention I was told I was committing career suicide; that if I ever wanted to advance in the fire service going into prevention would be a show stopper.
In coming up with my peers, and people I have met while traveling and doing presentations, I have seen this come to fruition many times (not every time) where they have competed for upper management positions to be passed over for less experienced people (in service, certifications, awards, accomplishments), and in more than a few occasions, being told that their "resumes' were very impressive - but their background is in prevention."
Why is this so? Is this not hurting the fire service as we fall behind others in our fire prevention approach?