The Time Is Now...

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It’s time for us to take a stand…. I believe that the fire service culture has taken a turn for the worse. If we do not change it now, it may be gone forever. Just over a week ago, this country celebrated it's  anniversary of our independence from Great Britain. With that in mind, I cannot help think about all of the hard work that was put in by its members. These brave men and women decided enough was enough and the time for change is now. Flash forward to 238 years later, and still this country fights for what it believes in. No matter your political stance, I am sure that everyone agrees that hard work is something that made this country what it is today. If that is the case, why is it that hard work, pride, dedication and passion for the fire service has disappeared? We live in a culture which believes that laziness is ok and hard work is not. People who do the bare minimum and slide by are looked higher upon than people who love their job and want to train and become better. I have heard men/women say, “I work a very dangerous job being a firefighter.” If we truly believe this in our minds, then why do we not put in the work to make sure that we stay fully prepared at all times? We criticize and bash the go getters, the ones who train, the over achievers, and the ones that will do whatever it takes to protect the badge and keep the fire service as the best job in the world. If you are one of these individuals who could care less, I have one thing to say to you…Get the f---out. Quit bringing the ones down who love this job. Your negativity is a cancer that is easily spread to impressionable others. If this job sucks so badly, find another one. To those on the other side of the spectrum, keep your head up. You will reach a point where nothing you do seems good enough and the cancer starts to creep in. Stay focused and remember that your drive and passion is what is keeping you going. As founder of Apple, Steve Jobs summed it up like this, “Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”