If you were to look at the history of the volunteers in the US. When most volunteer depts were formed it was done by the wealthy. People like George Washington and Ben Franklin. They had the money to buy the equipment. As the years went by people needed fire service in their areas so they worked together to build it and run it.
So people thought about helping their community and they invited their friends and so some of them maybe a farmer, truck driver, mechanic, or some job that makes them out to be a REDNECK.
I have been a kitchen worker and then a county supply clerk. Does that make me a REDNECK?
What do you mean in the south, it's not just in the south. If folks knew where the term "redneck" really comes from they would and should be proud to be a "redneck". A group of miners that stood for what they believed. So all firefighter should be rednecks, because we know what its like to make a stand in overwhelming conditions.
I hate to say it, but from movies, TV, incounters with the odd tourist from the south, it is tough not to see you all as Rednecks........lol And lets faceit, Jeff Foxworthy doesn't help you any!..........lol The worst part is, I'm born, raised and live in the country, an hour from Toronto and my nick name is Billybob! I don't hunt, I don't fish, and I don't chew, but I don't see things in the same way as the city boys!
I agree with the turning on the scanner comment. It only takes a few to make all look or sound bad. Most of the time it is volunteer depts with people who got in just to be able to wear there "find em hot, leave em wet" or"first in last out" shirt when in reality they wouldnt go in a burning house for nothing. There simply yardbreathers. I am not downing volunteers, God knows we need them. However some volunteers need to understand that the fire service is not a club, it is a vital service and having the word volunteer in the dept name does not mean they should not train and have a professional attitude. A lot of volunteer depts do a great job but people see those few"rescue randys" and stereotype all. Most of the time it is a lack of good leadership within the dept.