In the never ending battle for firefighters to get respect from local, state, and national officials, as well as citizens, one point comes up that might be a bit of a touchy subject.
Believe it or not there are reporters who read through these threads as well as officials from cities, towns, and states. In order to further enhance the professionalism that firefighters deserve it might be (once again) time to point out that when a subject is written about it should be done so in the hopes that it can be understood.
I will use myself as an example of someone who is careless with spelling. Is it a big deal? No. Does it matter as to the overall view of the fire service? Yes.
Doing the job should be enough and for many it is but for those who know that despite protests to the contrary image does matter it would help if people paused just a second prior to sending off a post. Can it be deciphered? Is your name misspelled?
Without pointing to the thread there is one where the issue is serious but the initial post is beyond just spelling errors. A reporter that I know from that state made a remark about the post - and it was difficult for me to defend it.
I am going to try and do a better job - I will no doubt make mistakes but at least trying shows a serious concern for how we all look.