I want to preface this by saying that I am still a farely young guy and an even younger in regards to my experience in the fire service, but this is something that I'm picking up on...please excuse the rant at first but I need to put this into context:
There are a lot of guys running around talking about pride, ownership, brotherhood, etc. But I am noticing (a lot in my new FD specifically) that these very terms that we hold so near and dear to our hearts and base not only our careers off of but our lives..are being thrown around with absolutely no regard for the meaning and more importantly the history or them. Guys want the end before the means.
What I mean is guys want the House T-Shirts, name their stations, and talk about "this is the way we do things". Now, I don't necessarily think these things are bad, but I believe these things do have to be earned. If you want a House Shirt that says how good you are, then you better be good, or if you want to give your station a mascot... i.e. Bulldog, Eagle, Tazmanian Devil etc..then you better live up to it. And you better not talk about "Brotherhood" or "Family" if you stab your "brothers" in the back the second they leave the room and start trash talking and bashing them.
So what I am looking for is some advise on how a new guy in a dept can start to make some small changes in the mentality and thought process of a dept that feel that they have pride and tradition but they don't live that out or show it.
I for one believe that a lot of this could be solved with the teaching of traditions within the fire service as a whole and how those things have carried over to views, beliefs and traditions we do today. The other thing is training: training is a great way to build pride in your team, house, and rig..while at the same time earning the shirts, mascots and ego's.
So please let me know if you guys or girls have any advise or experience that could help me out. I really want to see change in this dept, not only for the safety of the guys, but because the guys deserve to know and see the truth about the service we are in.