Fire Service Traditions and History

PRIDE AND OWNERSHIP: THE LOVE FOR THE JOB – OUR MISSION

Issue 5 and Volume 157.

By Rick Lasky For more than 200 years, the fire service has responded to just about every call for help and emergency imaginable, and we’ve responded to those requests without hesitation, attitude, or complaint. And over the years those calls for help have grown. They have pushed us and prodded us into performing and handling situations that no one ever imagined we would handle. Our mission as a fire service years ago was a simple one: to put out fires. But through the years, the public has grown to understand that a firefighter will and can do just about anything, especially when it comes to helping citizens, their family, or their business. We started out fighting fires, and soon it was realized that we could provide first aid. We started with basic first aid, Red Cross first responders, and the like and then moved into the emergency medical technician field,…

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