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With the changing face of the American fire service it is no wonder we don't have as many old salts to sit around the table in the beanery and spin the great tails of old. The reality is that the adventures are still out there and happening every day, some of us have just forgotten to update our stories. As with all things we as a profession are changing and what our customers expect of us is changing as well. Many would say that Johnnie and Roy ruined it for all of us by planting the seed of change. Most of our organizations are no longer fire departments we are medical assistance providers. Much of our fire department time is spent teaching fire prevention and inspecting businesses to help reduce potential fire starts. We have lost money, favor, status, people and community position yet we scratch our heads and ask why our young techno-gens don't get it. I submit to you that it's high time for those of us from the cotton duct generation to admit the sacred cow has been slaughtered and stop baiting our crews with visions of what was and start preaching what is.

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Comment by Bobby Halton on November 14, 2010 at 12:36pm
Hey Skip, Not sure where you are heading with this but keep going. Where do you think we are and what is the new reality in your opinion. I enjoyed your opening statement. I would disagree that the younger generation doesn't get it. I travel a little and when I meet younger firefighter they seem a lot like I was except a lot fitter and a lot smarter. But that is strictly a personal observation and I am not that fit or smart. I would love to hear you keep this thread going, in your opinion what is it and did we really slaughter the sacred cow?

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