07/12/11 123 W - + 2 - 1 Why the Hate?

Posted by myself as a comment to the Caption This Thread photo from the other day. Seems worthy of it's own posting. Will you be willing to answer the question? 

While I do thank everyone for their comments and participation on this blog, I do also wonder where the hostility is coming from.

I am neither a therapist nor play one on television, but maybe we need a thread where readers can get on the couch for a few.

Or, more simply, share a bit on what’s going inside those heads.

I guess, as a question, what do you presently dislike about your job/role in the fire service?

And what about these postings brings that out?

Note that these questions are “you” based. There may be plenty of things that you don’t like, but narrow your opinion to those things that affect YOU.

Let’s get personal.
Legeros - 07/12/11 - 08:51

I don’t like having to be an EMT. I know it’s the way things are and I love being a fireman, which now requires it. But I didn’t get into the fire service to be an EMT. I hate that we don’t seem to get many calls when I work. Yes, that’s good for the people we serve, but it doesn’t help that I don’t get to use the skills I’ve trained on very much. I hate the drama that is the firehouse. It’s everywhere. Big city, small rural vollie and all points in between. I hate that our brothers and sisters lose sight that this is a team effort and we all need to help each other, on the scene and off, to better ourselves as people. Getting stabbed in the back because someone doesn’t like you isn’t a good feeling. We have to be able to trust each other. I hate that I don’t get to spend as much time at the station as I’d like. But what I really hate about that is that people take that (in most cases, not just mine) that you’ve either lost interest, don’t care, or don’t want to be there. For some that may be true. For most, it’s because their situation in life has changed and they have to move their priorities around. I think if you’re putting in as much as you’re able, you’re doing your part. If you fall short, maybe you need to reevaluate your priorities.
Duda (Email) - 07/12/11 - 08:59

I hate having to make up for the shortcomings of a broken system that SOME folks don’t want to change. When I need/want a resource, I want/need the closest, staffed and trained resource. Jurisdictional and ego boundaries should be gone in this day and time. Why should I have to wait for X dept to be my back up company/resource when they have to PASS Y dept while Y dept sits in the house because of some stupid political agenda??? I feel it has a direct affect on my safety and the safety of my crew, but all you hear is “that’s the Wake Co/Raleigh way”. Yet, I have and will continue to do the best I can with what I have to make sure that my crew and I get the job done….

Stay Safe folks and HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE...
Wayne - 07/12/11 - 19:35

Thanks Wayne, thanks Duda, for the perspectives. It’s refreshing to hear “I” statements in comments, and not just “I think.”
Legeros - 07/12/11 - 19:45

Response from reader DJ, posted to his own blog: http://9-echo-1.blogspot.com/2011/07/lik..
Legeros - 07/13/11 - 19:50

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