Thursday, March 26, 2009

Who Are We Trying To Recruit Anyway?

We've seen coverage by Dave Statter over at the STAT911 blog on arsonist firefighters, and discussion on Firefighter Nation in light of a post by Tim Sendelbach about the type of people that firefighting draws in.

Do we want the adrenaline junkie or do we want to find a mature individual who takes the oath to “prevent and protect” against fire to heart? Who among us doesn’t have at least one story about a member who was just a little too zealous for his/her own good? Wouldn’t you rather enter a building with a firefighter whose nickname was “Crusty” rather than the one whose nickname is “Whacker”? Talking about it over at Firehouse Zen.
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3 comments:

  1. We just posted a story with some commentary on this at FR1: 'Hero syndrome' not limited to firefighters

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  2. I guess it's better to hire four new firefighters for every two or three that stay and make a career out of it. It's pretty obvious that not everyone is cut out to be a firefighter. Some of those that aren't masquerade as firefighters for quite a while.
    Eventually the system catches up with all of them. It's a shame that some of them tarnish the badge prior to the system re-setting at equilibrium.

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  3. I guess it's better to hire four new firefighters for every two or three that stay and make a career out of it. It's pretty obvious that not everyone is cut out to be a firefighter. Some of those that aren't masquerade as firefighters for quite a while.
    Eventually the system catches up with all of them. It's a shame that some of them tarnish the badge prior to the system re-setting at equilibrium.

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