Wow... that came from a Chief?
"One says Asst. Chief..."
Originally Posted by mach158
The below is given with all due respect of the position you claim to hold.
You are an Asst Chief, and you don't understand the importance of knowing who is on the line behind you? The person you are trusting your life with? The person, that when things go south, you need to KNOW you can count on to not leave you and do everything in their power to get the both of you out?
You don't understand that there are "experienced" firefighters who do this job for other reasons not to include the fact that it is something they truly love, such as an easy paycheck, good schedule, etc? That will leave you stranded and not think twice about it when things may get a little hairy?
You have never been in a structure on a line, turn around because you need help with slack and find that the slack isn't being pulled because no one is there?
You think that a firefighter straight out of rookie school is the same as a firefighter with 20 years experience?
It is "Chiefs" like yourself that keeps putting rookie firefighters in positions that they should never be in. Putting rookie firefighters with 1, maybe 2 years experience into a position where they are in charge of a truck. Having two firefighters whose total years of combined experience don't equal more than 5 years in a structure together.
Let's make this clear. I am not saying that you have done any of these acts... and maybe you have, but the comment you made above is the kind of comment that would come from an officer of any rank who would.
In my opinion: There is a huge difference between one firefighter and another. It is VERY important to know who is on the line with me so I know what to expect out of them, and anyone who says that there is no difference from one firefighter to another has not been in the service long or has been off the truck too long and needs to get a reality check.
Just my 2 cents, feel free to ignore.