Fire Service Traditions and History

PRIDE AND OWNERSHIP: THE LOVE FOR THE JOB THE FIREFIGHTER

Issue 6 and Volume 157.

By Rick Lasky What’s amazing about the fire service is that when you look around, you see about the widest variety of people imaginable. Some are young, and some are old. Some have a lot of experience, and some have very little. All have different interests—some are into the fire side of it, some are into the EMS side of it, some are into the specialty areas, and some are into it all. But when you look at the fire service, what do you want to get out of it? Why did you get into it? Whether you’re a paid firefighter, volunteer, paid-on-call, or any combination, you obviously didn’t get into it for the money. We all realize that we’re not going to get rich being a firefighter. (That’s why we all have side jobs.) You got into it for something that money couldn’t buy. You got into it to…

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