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    Hey everyone, i need to pick a topic for my cultural anthropolgy class, and basically we have to write a 6-8 page paper on a certain culture, can be anything, and some different aspects of it. and i thought, why not do the FD. was wondering if someone could give me just some different topics that i could dive into about fire dept. culture. some i have thought of so far:

    Brother/sisterhood
    Apparatus attachment
    funerals (could be tied in with brotherhood though)

    any help would be greatley appreciated.

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    The words:
    "Old ladies" and "sewing circle" come to mind about some departments.
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    Just watch MTV's "Real World". I think you'll get a good idea what goes on in a firehouse
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    ? i know what goes on at my firehouse, but was wondering some different ones what goes on.

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    Well, let's see..... I show up at 8am, coffee in hand. Listen to the other shift complain at all the cleaning they had to do because the previous shift is lazy. We talk, eat breakfast, make/drink more coffee. Then knock out the daily's for the day. Train on whatever. Run calls whenever. Work out, wash our cars, go on the internet, watch TV (man this is getting boring). All after the brass leave of course! And hopefully, sleep most of the night. Before I leave I make sure I leave a small piece of paper on the floor so the oncoming shift can complain to the next shift about us. It keeps the circle of complaining going strong. I love being a fireman!
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    You could include the change in focus through the years from reactive (fire suppresion after the initial ignition) to proactive ( improved electrical devices, better building methods and fire resistant materials and public education re: fire safety). You could include how Fire Services is expanding slowly to include EMS services which was previously the domain of public and private ambulance services only.The anthrological focus would be man's need to control his world including natural elements. How man's understanding of fire and it's contributing factors (particularly materials) have led to the change in how the fire service now fights fire, provides EMS services and the public perception of the fire service. Heck you could examine how the fire service became cultural heros and the reaction of your average firefighter to that perception.

    Those topics alone could go 6-8 pages each.

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    no, thank you! that was EXACTLY what i was looking for!

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    Cultures

    I have seen a variety of cultures and various moulds growing in strange places at the station, some even on the people who were born lazy.
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    6-8 pages on the culture of why paid and volunteer have issues with each other. The culture of "doing it for a paycheck" and "doing it to serve my community" crap. The culture of "Not enough staffing to do the job safely" and "Why won't they let untrained guys help".

    This could go on and on for many pages...as long as you don't need an answer at the end.
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