Stupid question but it's on my mind.
Howdy. I'm currently taking EMT classes and working my way up to become a firefighter, hopefully in 2014 (currently taking EMS beginner classes now, will take EMT classes in summer 2013 followed by Fire Academy afterwards).
However, I have a thought that's bugging me; I'm a Muslim and I'm worried what other firefighters will think of me, especially because of 9/11. I won't make a big deal of it or anything, but I'm worried other firefighters won't like me or view me differently.
My being Muslim won't affect my job performance but I'm worried that other firefighters will view me as a member of the religion that killed 343 firefighters on 9/11 (among thousands more). Yes, I don't consider the 9/11 terrorists to be Muslim, but I can't shake this feeling in the back of my mind about how the firefighting community will view me.