I will say when you are in a hurry or doing something else you may not know you are misspelling. I know I did in my reply and after you look later on you wish you could get back into it and correct it.
Haha... believe me, it's no better as a paid guy. I actually think we have it worse sometimes depending where you work. I've been called every name in the book. There's a lot of racism out there. As a volunteer, this doesn't happen as much because most of the crime-filled, poor areas where this happens are in larger cities. When I work in the ghetto as a white guy, they don't always want me there. Our media jumps all over us for everything and definitely makes us look bad at times. The media is EVERYWHERE in the nation's capitol. So it doesn't get any better if you're paid. Same story, just different problems.
I'm in a very affluent suburb, when we've had to block the road with the engine for an MVA, people get down right pissy. I've been called names more than once. I charm em with my smile and offer to get a cop to discuss it with them. Funny, they never seem to want to talk to cops. Usually they offer up a one-finger salute and lay on their horn as they drive off, another way. Simple pleasures.
Volunteer, Volunteer and Volunteer. Many people volunteer to be a firefighter some are paid some are not. Some are good some are not, some do it for the love some do not, some do it for a job some do it for selfworth, some do it for the status, some do it to work thier fannies off, some do it to sit on recliners, some are realistic some are naive, some have the right mind set, some are closed minded, The fire service is not perfect because people die. Our society does not enjoy seeing fatalities firefighters or civilian. But because of the volatility of fire and other emergencies the fire service requires a certain type of individual. Many things changed because we were killing firefighters, rightfully expected. But what also changed in our society is the Y generation. "What are you gonna do for me". Instead of being rewared for good work, now some people want rewards for making an effort with low results. We will continue to seeing tragedies in our profession if we do not wake up. It should be about logical ideas, not emotional opinions..