I had 30 years on the line, and was a member in volunteer, part-time, and career departments, and have been truly blessed and honored to have instructed with, and learned from, the best Firefighters our business has to offer. I have found the true essence of the Firefighter demonstrated in members from the biggest cities to the smallest rural departments.
In all of this I have also found varying levels of committment and dedication. I've heard "don't bother me with that fire crap" to "Hey, what are we going to do for drill on Sunday?" It's not your check, it's your heart. Don't take anyone's word for it... find out yourself and never let >"cause we've always done it that way" be an answer to any of your questions about what or how to do it.