Civil Service, Fighting Fire, Fireman, Careers, Fire

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A career firefighter is an extremely dangerous profession. It takes countless hours of physical, psychological, and emotional training to be successful and avoid injury. While a career dedicated to civil service is honorable and highly appreciated, it is sometimes hard to relate to and understand. Here are a few ideas that will help to support, inspire, and encourage someone dedicated to fire and rescue.  

He or She Might Be Thinking About...

  • Am I trained and prepared to fight fire?
  • Can I TRUST my Captain and fellow firefighters with my life?
  • Am I emotionally prepared to handle a loss of life?
  • How do I know when a scene is unsafe for entry?
  • What do I do if I don't feel comfortable following my Captain into an untamed fire?
  • How can I become a better firefighter?
  • What can I do to help teach my friends and family fire safety?
  • How can I help my wife/husband feel safe and not worry when I am on call?
  • Can I financially support my family as a career firefighter?
  • Will my family be taken care of in the event of a tragedy?
  • How do I manage a work-life balance with a non-traditional work schedule?
  • Will my family be proud and supportive of my career choice?
  • How do I mentally detach myself from the job at hand?
  • Death is a reality.
  • There is potential danger on every call.
  • What are the long-term health risks of firefighting?

Words That Might Be Encouraging

  • You are extremely brave.
  • I admire your passion and commitment to a life of service.
  • You are incredibly selfless.
  • Thank you for everything that you do for our community.
  • We are grateful for your service and bravery.
  • I'd like to become more active in the community as a volunteer. What can I do to help?
  • Your community is very lucky to have such active fire and rescue personnel.
  • Your department's response time is incredible. Keep up the great work.
  • I'd love to help your department grow. Is there any equipment that youn guys need? I could organize a fundraising committee or event. 
  • You have such a king, loving heart.
  • I bet the kids at the elementary schools love when you guys come visit.
  • What an exciting and adventurous career path!
  • I'm proud of you.
  • You're a big part of my life. Please stay safe. 

Words That Might Be Discouraging

  • Firefighters don't make very good money.
  • I don't know how you do it. 
  • Firefighting is for adrenaline junkies that are only worried about working out and looking cool.
  • You're crazy.
  • Don't most firefighters die of cancer?
  • I would pass out in a fire.
  • Are you sure you want to make a career out of firefighting?
  • I'm sure your family is worried sick about you.
  • I'm so glad my spouse has a 9-5 desk job.
  • Firefighting is so dangerous.
  • What does your family think about you working as a firefighter?
  • What made you want to be a firefighter?
  • You're just doing it for the attention.
  • I'm sure you get a lot of people wanting to date you.
  • Firefighting is for macho men.
  • Most women don't make successful firefighters.
  • Firefighting is too dangerous for women.
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