The fact that it is two different worlds has no relevance on the level of Brotherhood and commitment needed or expected.
Brotherhood is developed through spending time together, either on shift, or in the case of a VFD, thorough training and runs.
The fact is, with holidays, we have less than 50 training nights together and a handful of runs. In that limited amount of time it's far more difficult to develop the brotherhood associated with a career department, or even a busy VFD, such as my previous VFD.
Given the very limited number of runs that we do mutual aid, it's almost impossible to develop any level of brotherhood with the mutual aid departments.
So you're members in podunk Louisiana shouldn't have the same level and belief in the Brotherhood as though from a larger FD?
See above .. Less training and far fewer calls = fewer opportunities to spend time together as a department.
Furthermore, the community depends on you to show up and mitigate there emergency, and you call for a lower level of commitment?
I have discussed this before. Down here the fire department is much smaller part of the members lives than it is in some VFDs in some parts of the country. Yes, they are committed, but not to the level that some may expect.
So, if your members don't commit to being a member or the fire department, why do you even have a "fire department?"
Your idea of commitment and mine are very different.