Fire Engineering Training Community

Where firefighters come to talk training

I was reading an article today about the single biggest problem with America's workforce. Engagement. The author of that story feels that engagement with your job is the worst problem with our workforce. I tend to agree with him.


It is the same for the fire service. The bottom line is engagement. In short, are you innovative and willing to work toward bettering the fire service? are you simply going through the motions? Or are you actively seeking ways to undermine things?

In my humble opinion, we should all be engaged. We all chose this job, this profession. I would hope no one said, gee, I need a job, think I will go be a firefighter! We have to have a love of the job, a dedication to something bigger than ourselves. We need to strive every day to do the right thing, even if it isn't easy or fun. We need to learn and teach to help our companies and departments become better than they were.

We should avoid just going through the motions and "phoning it in" in the station, and on the training ground and fireground. The "what do I have to do to keep my job today" mentality has no place in our fire service!

Then there are the guys who are always trying to undermine things. The guys who are bad mouthing their officers because they may be younger than them, or being disruptive and not participating in training. Or actually trying to do harm to the organization in some way. There should be no room or tolerance for folks who do this in our fire service! It is one thing to disagree about strategy and tactics, or what color was voted on to paint the bathroom at the VFD, but quite another to go out of your way to make things more difficult.

What does it mean to be engaged? It may depend our your role in the department, but we can all, from the newest recruit to the crustiest old Chief, get engaged with our part of the fire service.

Views: 417

Comment

You need to be a member of Fire Engineering Training Community to add comments!

Join Fire Engineering Training Community

Policy Page

CONTRIBUTORS NOTE

Our contributors' posts are not vetted by the Fire Engineering technical board, and reflect the views and opinions of the individual authors. Anyone is welcome to participate.

For vetted content, please go to www.fireengineering.com/archives.

Fire Engineering Editor in Chief Bobby Halton
We are excited to have you participate in our discussions and interactive forums. Before you begin posting, please take a moment to read our policy page HERE. -- Bobby Halton

Be Alert for Spam
We actively monitor the community for spam, however some does slip through. Please use common sense and caution when clicking links. If you suspect you've been hit by spam, e-mail peter.prochilo@clarionevents.com.

FE Podcasts

Friday

Talking Trucks & Equipment

with

Chris Mc Loone

CALL IN AND JOIN THE SHOW

1-877-497-3973 (Toll Free)
or 1-760-454-8852

Check out the schedule of
UPCOMING PODCASTS

© 2019   Created by fireeng.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service