I recently attended a class about building construction presented by Mike Lopina of Lockport Illinois and Tom Tulipaino of Lombard Illinois. An excellent class that I would highly recommend.
This class was full of very strong firefighters, both in skills and values. While on our breaks we all talked about the job and our departments like most firefighters do. After the class I realized something very disheartening. Everyone (including me) was talking about the negative issues within their organizations. I know most of my classmates outside of the classroom. They all have had interesting and unique calls and work for excellent departments, but no one talked about it. There was no talk about how this company made a great stop or how truly wonderful our job is.
I wonder if this a a natural cycle of the fire service or are the hard times changing how we feel about our job. Please do not mistake what I am saying. I know that the majority of firefighters live a breathe this profession. I just see these negative thoughts overshadowing the truly amazing opportunity we all have to be firefighters.
Going along with John Barrett's post; With all this negativity, will are perception change?