Grandfathered... Is it safe?
Our dept. has a few personal that are "grandfather'd" into the fireservice.
For those who do not know what that is, "grandfathered" is a firefighter that has evolved through the fireservice, begining before 1965(or something like that) these people are not subject to taking ANY formal fire training.
As a firefighter under the comand of these "OL TIMERS", I am here to tell you that the fireservice has evolved over the years and the old sane "put the wet stuff on the red stuff" just does'nt cut it anymore! I personally do not believe that being in the service for years substitutes hundreds of hours of fire training.
I have debated this issue of years vs. training with several fire service profesionals. I have yet to recieve an answer that is satisfactory to myself or to my family, that I promise I will return home to after work. This is a concern that is eating away at me...
I need some input from others....any input will help me get over this fear of inpending doom....ANYTHING!
"The few, the proud, the insane!" ------------------
[This message has been edited by Ohiofiremed57 (edited January 18, 2000).]