Sorry folks, but you're killing me...(and yourselves)
I'm sure I will take some heat for this, however I must say this... What in the world is going on here?
I have not posted much of anything recently, but I have read some of the posts. There seems to be a recurring theme... Something vs. Something. Be it paid or volunteer, smooth vs. combo, which brand of helmet rules. And the latest, people bitching about posts that are riddled with spelling and gramatical errors. Come on, fellas. Are we really that bored that we have to invent things to bitch about?
What ever happened to good natured arguments? Stories about our dads, uncles and grandfathers who we followed into the fire service? New things that YOU have seen that may help EVERYBODY?<br />Hell, talk about a good spirited rivalry you may have with a neighboring department. We are on the same team.
Years ago I learned something at instructor school that I have carried with me. I will paraphrase the lead instructor:
"You might be teaching in some of the towns with less money. Perhaps the fire engine that you will have to use for class is something from the 1940's with chipped paint and a few rust spots. But, that is the best truck in the world."
If things work well someplace, or one happens to love a particular make of apparatus or type... cool.
It irks me that we are supposedly the best (firefighters) in the world and yet we consistently bash one another to no end. "This sucks, that sucks, PG county blows, (not written to offend anyone in MD. I recall it was a hot topic).
I think that we all can benefit to learn how one's respective department functions in whatever town. I believe we all like to be challenged by our brother and sisters comments, but not belitlled by them.
If one is that ****ed at another's comments, e-mail them or write them a letter. Keep the bashing out of here. It is beneath us.
Lastly, I would like to close with the words of SouthBronx: "There is a saying in our job that seems quite appropriate. 'The job is bigger than all of us.' That's how we sum up our need to go back to working every day without so many of our friends and family members. Think about it."
I will. Hope everyone does as well.
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