We have all worked with those that just don't care, we discussed it in an earlier post.
We exhaust ourselves to make the fire service, our fellow firefighters and us better and safer by training and mastering our craft.
We are asked "why" continually and it is easy to think about giving up. It would just be so easy to ensure that I know what I'm doing and leave you to your own mediocrity.
I know you just want to push me and those like me aside, for us to just get out of your way.
Well, I, and those like me, will not move. We will not get out of our way. We will not quit. This is to those that are okay with being "okay" at this job. This is to those officers that wont take a stand against the loud, vocal minority that are just "okay" at this job. This is to those that think they know everything about fighting fire but refuse to practice their craft.
We will not get out of your way.
You might be my partner at the fire that things go bad at and I want to make it home; I wont get out of your way.
You might be my last chance for survival when I call the Mayday; I wont get out of your way.
You might be the firefighter arrives when my family has a crisis and you need to be at the top of your game; I wont get out of your way.
You might be the incident commander seeing conditions deteriorate from the exterior as I am operating on the interior unaware; I wont get out of your way.
For every firefighter and officer out there trying to make a difference, no matter what road block they throw up, Do not get out of their way.
Keep plugging along and take your lumps, just don't get out of their way.