If you could go back 5, 10, or 20 years in your fire service career, what's the one important thing you would tell yourself?

I believe the one thing that really counts is, "knowing that everyone is watching." Throughout our careers, beginning on day one, everyone is watching what we do; why we're here and how we handle ourselves in situations. Our actions influence whether other people will follow us, or avoid us. The greatest compliment we can receive is for someone to tell us, "I was watching you, and because of you I am here."

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Comment by ENGINECREW CAPT. aka Pres.FHMC on March 20, 2013 at 6:49pm

I would tell myself it's just a job and I must detach myself personally from the BS politics that the elders and the brown nosers thrive on.

Comment by Don Catenacci on March 13, 2013 at 12:57am

I would have told myself to stop coming up with excuses for not finishing my bachelor's degree and just get it done.  I believe that is the biggest change I would have made.

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