What makes a or is a "good firefighter"
You know, when "Bill says...John..Oh yeah he was/is a "good firefighter". Or the other "he's forgotten more about fighin' fire that you'll ever know!" I hear that, and it always makes me wonder.
Is it because he was one of the "good ole' boys"? Been around for XX amount of years? The brother/cousin/father/son of the Asst. Chief?
I have met some of these guys that are supposed to be "good firefighters". And yet they have done nothing to show me as to how or why? Yeah maybe they could "stand the heat". But, they have no education or extra training other than the basic firemanship course or rookie course they took at the local firefighter convention 15 years ago. Or the last class they took was when they were at the academy!
To me a "good firefighter", is someone that continues to train hard every time. Takes courses when ever they are made available. One that shows the new guys how to do something, or gives little pointers. Shows up for all calls (as a vollie) or does the full shift or doesn't call in sick (as a fulltimer.)
So what is your thought? What makes a "good firefighter"?