Now compared to my father, my grandfather, and a good portion of the people on here I haven't been in the fire service very long. Five years officially this fall.SoI have been around just long enough to start forming opinions, and whether they be right or not depends on who I agree or disagree with. When I joined I was 21 kept my mouth shut and trained and learned everything I could. All while taking over the family business which just made it even funner. Over the last five years I have really seen a shift in the department we have taken on guys younger than me and have lost some of the guys who were middle aged. I guess that sums up the situation so I should probably get to the point. Or I could just continue to ramble eh better get to the point. My dad told me the other day he was proud of how I show the younger guys and the cadets how to do things and that if I don't know I'm not afraid to ask somebody else. After talking about it with him I got to thinking. It seems like I just joined and in many ways I have, but it made me stop and think "Oh crap these guys are actually listening to what I'm saying!". Now this freaked me out at first because I'm not used to be on the mentoring side of things. Then I thought about it for awhile and came to the conclusion that it's all part of growing into the fire service. I think the trick is continueing to admit you don't know everything once people start listening to you.
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