With the recent events with the state troopers and emts, it got me to thinking about how often we in the fire service make jokes at the expense of law enforcement. How many of have heard of using the" cop o' meter"to check for haz-mat, or one of the many jokes about fire fighters being better than police officers? I have been on both sides of the issue, I am a retired law enforcement officer, and I can see both sides. We need to stop setting ourselves apart and start trying to remove the walls that seperate us and learn to work together. I know that there many fire depts that get along with and work well with their local law enforcementand I am fortunate to be with a dept that does. I think that alot of the friction that exist between the fire service and law enforcement comes from a lack of understanding of the roles and responsebilities that each dept has at an incident, and if we try to show each other what we do and why we do it, we could eliminate alot of the problems. Now I know that we are not all going to line up and hold hands, but I do think that a little information can go a long way.