Going Interior with Unsafe FF's
Here's the setup/problem -
Totally volunteer dept. First crew out of a night time usually consists of Officer, Driver, 2 other firefighters and me. The 2 other FF's are both young, very aggressive in their attitude (and firefighting), don't have a lot of experience, and believe that they know everything there is to know about interior firefighting. Neither of them are team players, neither of them will listen to anything anyone tries to explain to them, and neither of them show any discipline. One basically sulks and refuses to help pull hose if he isn't the nozzleman. At a structure I'm usually paired up with one of them for interior attack. It's got to the point where I feel distinctly uncomfortable going in with either of them because as we all know interior firefighting is dangerous, and the way that we minimise those dangers is through discipline, teamwork, communication etc - which is only happening in one direction in this case.
a) Keep going in and hope that nothing bad happens
b) Tell the officer that I don't want to go in with either of these two renegades
c) Accept the fact that I am getting older and retire to leave the firefighting to the indestructible young wannabe-hero guys
Your thoughts (and any other suggestions not covered in a, b or c) would be appreciated
I hope I didn't confuse anyone....
The original thread from stillPSFB was posted back in March. I hope no one thinks this is a current problem for him. I was just curious as to how the situation had been resolved, if at all, since then.