Is it just me or are others bothered by the term heros, I don't consider my self one and wonder why this termonology seems to be on the rise . We do a job we chose and train for and the amount of hero worship is now croping up in even some of the advertising we read, not to mention the number of general tributes to firefighters on here. May be I'm wrong but it does bother me personally.

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To answer your question, some do need it. (Or so it seems). I'm not really bothered by it one way or the other.
Well.... We risk our life to save theirs and there property, for that I think the praise is warranted.... We do not do it for the praise, at least not all of us any ways. I do not think it should be expected yet at the same time a thank you here and there is nice in my opinion.
A hero is someone who helps without anything expected in return. Their gesture may be big or small, profound or not, it doesn't make em' any less of a hero.
I guess it depends on how big a hole you have in your life.

But try this: Got to your local grocery store and get a loaf of bread. When you get to the checkout and they give you the total, tell them to put it on your Hero Tab.

That's about what it's worth.

TCSS

Reg
Reg, I'm gonna try that! :)

Seriously though, this has been discussed many times here. What we do can be viewed as heroic by some, especially with the dangers that we face. But (and there is always a but) for the most part these are scenarios and situations which we are trained and expected to respond to.

I don't think that it is necessarily heroic to do what you are hired, trained, required and expected to do. Now with that said, I do think that there are times when situations beyond the norm are thrown at us and that we have to rise above and beyond what is expected. These situations can be considered heroic.

To me personally, I view a hero as being someone who because of circumstances beyond their control must step forward and perform acts above and beyond what is expected of them.
There's two kinds of heroes: The one that everyone else sees doing something that they think they could never do themselves and; the one that lets everyone know they fight what you fear.
Not to hurt anyones feeling but the posts that we see here rather often on this topic, to me feel like the woman firefighting topics. I am not here to make you feel important, heroic, special, or justified. Those posts drive me nuts.

Are we heros NO, unless you run around in spandex and a cape, face it fire service is like working at wal mart its a job. That is either enough to give you fulfillment or not. If you are in this business and arent 100% satisfied by simply doing your job and you need to hear reinforcment this is probably not the right job for you
Jack if you want I can get you a T-Shirt that says that. I'm sure you'd look pretty cool wearing that around town!
Simply put....NO..it isn't "needed" nor is it wanted by most....
Capt106,

I wear the one that says, "I fear what you fight". It makes the heroes feel good about themselves.
"When a man becomes a fireman his greatest act of bravery has been accomplished. What he does after that is all in the line of work." This pretty much sums it up for me. DO THE JOB! the quote is from edward crocker chief of the Fire Department of New York from 1899 to 1911
Like you I am uncomfortable with the term when it is used to describe one of us. So I avoid wearing things like t-shirts that have that word on them.
I feel the only time that should be used is a time like at a ceremony where a person is being honored for a very special act, such as saving a life.
When we have a "save" we hand out rolls of LifeSavers and call them "Life Saver Awards." That always gets a few laughs.
And, of course... when referring to our men and women in the military who are laying their lives on the line for all of us.

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