Don't You Just Hate Traditions
By Ray McCormack
We hear a lot of blame being placed on fire service traditions. Get rid of the traditions and everything will be better!
Some don't even have to be traditions in the true sense they can just be statements, such as "Firefighting is a dangerous profession."
This one is bad to some because if you think it is dangerous it will be.
I wonder what fires they are attending?
Another tradition of having large, well attended firefighter funerals and referring to all firefighters as heroes is bad. Some believe not all firefighters are heroes and their death should reflect that and young firefighters may see glory in death and take unnecessary risk. Have the courage to tell their families they were not heroes.
And that pesky tradition of saving lives and property some think that needs the boot too. How has that one stayed around so long? Oh thats right, thats at the core of what firefighters do, but you know to some the core is rotten.
If you run a department and this is how you feel don't lie to the public, tell them you no longer provide life or property saving services, it will make your departments renaming or dismantling that much easier.
Keep Fire in Your Life