Like many things in life, my personal drive for all things fire service has it's highs and lows. It seems I hit those dreadful lows at the end of each year. I am sure the marathon of the holidays does not help, but I feel this is due to a long uphill battle trying to motivate the masses of firefighters to go above and beyond. Passing along relevant news, developing trainings and reinforcing the basics over the year is down right exhausting. Thankfully, there is an elite group of fellow brothers and sisters that also thrive with this same workload.
As is true with any cycle, eventually the full circle is completed. For me this happens every time the fire academy starts. No matter how burnt out I become after the previous year, seeing so many fresh minds eager to learn anything that relates to the fire service is like drinking from the fountain of youth.
It is our responsibility to pass on all the information taught to us from the past generations of crusty jakes. If we do not all their hard earned lessons will fall to deaf ears and go in vane. This passing of the guard can be done in a multitude of ways. It could be as simple as a one-on-one lesson on how to clean an axe or publishing an article on leadership that could reach thousands. In either case, both the student and the teacher benefit.
I challenge all of you to take some time and pass along some of your knowledge to a fellow firefighter. After that, seek someone else's knowledge and expand your experience. Finally, share your new found knowledge with the rest of us to complete the cycle.
Stay safe and strive to become intellectually aggressive.