Firefighter Posers and when are you considered a REAL firefighter?
This is actually 2 questions about me.
A little more than a year ago I started volunteering at our local career/volunteer fire department. I love it. I go to every drill night I can (about 95%) and just finished my "160" Certified Volunteer Fire Fighter training. I always work my 24 hour minimum shift hours, usually more. I take great pride in what I do and what I am trying to represent. I definitely pull my weight and show respect everyone else in the department.
I have a full time "regular" job that I have no intention of quitting or any ideals of becoming a career FF. I'm 47 years old and just want to help my community and give back because I was not always the best human / person earlier in my life.
My question is, am I a poser Firefighter? A Firefighter wanna be? If not, do I call my self a Firefighter, Volunteer Firefighter? Am I "allowed" to be considered part of the brotherhood?
I don't really care what regular folks think of me or call me. I just don't want to disrespect the traditions (a lot of the culture and close-mindedness I can do without).
Thanks for your time,