Some people are beyond help sadly... This post is a double edged sword though.
What do we consider treacherous? The current (soft) generation, still new and green? or the Senior (Real) Firefighter, complacent and already shedding negativity toward the oncoming generation?
It's almost sad that those who have responded to the question in general talk about singular and personal self worth rather than exchanging ways to affect such change.
I'm proud of one girl in particular in my department, who weighed at least 230lbs at 5'5", no reliable transport to speak of and paid for her entire Firefighter 1/2 course and testing on her own, passed and is indeed a very solid firefighter. I feel privileged to have been able to mentor and teach her how to be a "Real" firefighter and strongly believe she'll do the same when the generation beneath her has come to replace her.
Inversely, I know of a recruit firefighter and brand new EMT who decided to be the type of guy that needs to have lights on his truck and a million "I'm a firefighter" shirt's, and a tattoo for his love of the service on his back. 3 weeks into being accepted into our recruit program he was stripped of any title he had for D.V. and trying to kill himself. The surrounding districts won't except recruitment for him.
I hate the mindset of the brand new recruit who doesn't have the longevity but an overabundance of pride, but with the right leadership skills you can change that for the better.
Not everyone can be a leader! How come these "Leaders" never use their own initiative?
Because no one told them to…
Stay safe and be proactive and not reactive.
(p.s. If you're a retired whatever rank and haven't been active for more than 2-3 years, you need not reply)