I have always felt that if I take care of myself first, I am better able to help others.  If I am successful at my career or my life in general, I can share this with other young people who are trying to find their way in life.  It is not easy but success is possible when you have a plan and have self discipline.  In the fire service, mentoring programs can really benefit the new, the old and the department.  As always, take care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally.  The job can be a big strain over a long career.

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Comment by Richard S. Phelps on July 23, 2014 at 10:35pm

Speaking as a Chaplain, I agree completely that taking care of ourselves is a priority. Both firefighting and life are a challenge. Making this positive choice will bring rich rewards

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