I have PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome). There, I said it; I admitted it to the world.
How I came to have it? I’m not sure. It’s not something I want; it’s not easy to deal with. After all, I was a suburban firefighter for my entire career. Not that the suburbs are immune from bad calls. But I’ve heard stories from friends who work for busier urban departments. Unbelievable stories of human carnage. Yet I…Continue
Added by Stephen Raclaw on October 27, 2015 at 9:05pm — No Comments
We are committed to the job of firefighting
We are the ones who dreamed of being a firefighter
We are the ones who bring passion to our work
We are the believers in the traditions of the fire service
We are the ones who take pride in our job, our tools, our actions and our department…Continue
When I finished Firefighter I, I thought I knew it all. After all, I had been around firehouses since I was a kid. I was a fire explorer and I lived and breathed the fire service.
I continued on with classes. At that time it was more to pad my resume than “really” learn stuff. Not to say I didn’t learn new things, but I thought I knew everything I needed to know.
Sadly in retrospect,…Continue
Added by Stephen Raclaw on October 5, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments