A few days ago a lady said "my husband is not a real firefighter, he's only a volunteer" As a vol firefighter I was realy ticked! but chose to keep my mouth shut! lol what are some of your thoughts on this statment, and how would handel it if it were said to you?
We are all firefighters. Labels are just that labels. I know many V/C/P firefighters who range from "not trained", "barely trained", or "highly trained". Each of these are all firefighters but to be honest they all operate at different levels.
Most people haven't got a single clue whether their fire department is volunteer or career. Further they couldn't begin to pretend to care less when their house is on fire whether the firefighters that show up are volunteer or career.
Frankly, my pay level has never had a thing to do with own professionalism or training. I switch hats all the time because I am a career firefighter as well as being a member of 2 POC FDs.
The best bet is to CALMLY, CLEARLY, RATIONALLY, explain that while you are a volunteer firefighter you are TRAINED and SKILLED and do your job as PROFESSIONALLY as any other REAL firefighter does.
I would shrug it off since that means I'm a real firefighter then. :-)
Seriously, I would agree with the other comments for the most part, not getting into a pissing match shows professionalism and I do also agree with the aspect of being "real" firefighters in any ranks.
The reality is that there IS definately a difference as well as a trade off when it comes to a dept type established. Don is right that many people don't have a clue as to what their FD consists of, it is easy for people to confuse their FD as career etc.
In the end, what should it matter what the comment was made? Hell I see enough of them from a career aspect as well as being a union member, hearing evrything from "thug" to a leach of taxpayer dollars, and even the "just doing it for a paycheck" that comes from other members on these forums. In the end, take the high road.Why even let it get to you?
Last time I checked, fire doesn't care. It burns and kills just the same. Stay safe.
if the fire is real ------- so is the firefighter
if the car accident is real --- so is the rescuer
It is not volunteer vs career it is professional versus not