Whenever I get upset because of the political BS of this job, or the budget monsters tell me I can't go to training (no $$$) or I otherwise get mad in general (which seems to be happening a lot lately...) I have this hanging in my locker, which refresehes me. Thought I'd share it with you. Many of you know a shorter version of this speech, which was given by Chief of Dept. Edward F. Croker (FDNY) to a graduating proby class, I believe sometime in 1905 or so.
"I have no ambition in this world but one, and that is to be a fireman. The position may, in the eyes of some, appear to be a lowly one; but we who know the work which the fireman has to do believe that his is a noble calling. There is an adage that says 'Nothing can be destroyed except by fire.' We strive to preserve from destruction the wealth of the world, which is the product of the industry of men, necessary for the comfort of both the rich and the poor. We are defenders from fires of the art which has beautified the world, the product of the genius of men and the means of refinement of mankind. But, above all, our proudest moment is to save lives of men- the work of God himself. Under the impulse of such thoughts, the nobility of the occupation thrills us and stimulates us to deeds of daring, even at the supreme sacrifice. Such considerations may not strike the average mind, but they are sufficient to fill to the limit our ambition in life and to make us serve the general purpose of human society."
Anyone else have any tricks to remind themselves what this job is all about?? (By the way, this includes volunteerism!!!)
"Loyalty above all else, except honor."
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Thread: Warm & Fuzzy thoughts
02-18-2001, 02:01 PM #1ArmyTruckCompanyFirehouse.com Guest
Warm & Fuzzy thoughts
02-18-2001, 02:17 PM #2Pastor DawnFirehouse.com Guest
02-18-2001, 02:37 PM #3ladyfirefighterFirehouse.com Guest
When the politics run rampant I remind myself that as a volunteer "I am here because I want to be." No one makes me do what I do.
It is easy to get discouraged, and when we do we all have to step back and remind ourselves of the reason we became a firefighter.
Rebecca Richardson FF/EMT
Isles of Capri Fire Rescue
02-18-2001, 03:26 PM #4CainFirehouse.com Guest
When I get discouraged (which thankfully is not very often) I just think about the poor souls that are trapped in their vehicles with NO ONE else around to help them. Where we operate, we are the only ones able to do extrication. I just say to myself if you don't go NOBODY goes; you are the ONLY people that can help. This really gets me through all the BS that can creep up occaisionally.
Remember plan "B"
02-18-2001, 06:12 PM #5mark440Firehouse.com Guest
When I get down/discouraged (not very often though, how can you in this line of work? ) I just picture myself in need of help and would want someone there to help me. So I treat everyone just like I want to be treated. I respond to every call with the urgency and speed I would want someone to help me. On the frequent flyers I get down/negative that we go on them so often I keep myself positive by thinking if this were my mom or dad or even my grandparents, would I want someone to be nasty and negative with them? I treat them all like they are someone elses grandparents.
Just keep smiling, it's contagious!
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