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  • Nick_Miller
    started a topic Passion for the Job

    Passion for the Job

    Do you look forward to the next tour? Are you eager to run that next alarm? Or are you a kind of person who can't wait to get away from the job for a couple of days? You spend 24 hours a day at the firehouse at least two to three days a week. That is 42% of your week - almost half. If you are less and less interested in the job, then you are missing something really important in your work life - passion.

    Being passionate about your job is more than the old adage, "do what you love". It's looking forward to going to work. It's time flying by when you're there. It's working your best on cleaning all the tools and the apparatus, not because your Captain told you, but because you were so intent on making sure your equipment worked properly, and ensured the safety of your brothers fighting next to you.
    When you are passionate about what you do, you will perform better and enjoy it more, and you will discover the benefits in increased success. Passion is defined as: “a strong affection, emotion, desire or enthusiasm for an idea, concept, etc”. Sometimes you can't be passionate about a job, but you can still take ownership. You can still own the job and “do it well”. Every task you perform has your "signature" on it. Others know who did it. That is ownership. Own what you do. Don’t wait for a member of the community to come to you and tell you what needs changed. Inspire pride and ownership in your department. Inspire civic pride within your community.

    Wait! But Chief! Sometimes there are others that attempt to block our accomplishment! Of course there are all of the negative attitudes and complaints from others roaming in the firehouse. Be a leader. You don’t need to be an officer to be a leader. Get input from others on simple tasks and assignments. Make them feel important to the team, the company, to the department. Instill that pride in the job in them, and re-ignite their passion in the job. We have the best job in the world. Firefighters are the greatest warriors on earth.

    I think that Battalion Chief Anthony Kastros of the Sacramento Metro Fire District (CA) put it best:

    “Ask the Navy SEALS if they would go into battle in 5 minutes from a dead sleep, to an unknown battlefield, facing an unknown enemy, for an unknown target, with little or no intel, with other soldiers they may not know. They would say, “That’s CRAZY!”, yet WE do it every day. We go from our bunk at 2am, to fully mentally and physically alert in three minutes to a fire in a building that we have not been to before, to face an enemy whose whereabouts are likely unknown. We do this not knowing what companies will be with us at the moment. And to top it off, many in the battle have little to no experience. If this does no motivate you to train today, then nothing will.”

    Now in no way am I criticizing our Special Ops operators. This quote from Chief Kastros is simply a side of our profession that no one ever considers or ponders. FIREFIGHTERS are truly the greatest warriors on earth….hands down.
    Keep your mind and body sharp! Try little tricks to jumpstart discussions or learning. Leave post-it notes with basic or advanced questions randomly throughout the firehouse, or at home. Constantly challenge yourself daily, not just on the job. If we continue to learn the knowledge handed down from what past firefighters have taught us, we can emphasize a continual improvement of the profession we all love so much. So take pride in your profession, in everything you do. Fuel that pride with passion for the job. Own every task or assignment given to you and your crew. Lead and inspire others to do the best they can on the job, and take ownership in every task they do.

  • conrad427
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    Originally posted by EastKyFF
    From the looks of his profile, he's been passionate for a sh**load of different jobs.
    Holey moley. That was quite a resume.

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  • FyredUp
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    I want somebody who has a bold attitude, or opinion, to at least have the nuts to stay around and defend it. If you post stuff, get questioned on it and then disappear, how sincere was your belief in what you said?

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  • The52nd
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    You've got to love it when guys on this job think your worth is measured by how much you "love" the job, as if there is a yardstick to measure it. These "I love the job more than you do" guys have always been the worst to work along side. I'd rather work with guy who takes an honest interest in his work as a professional (ie. not a spark), and then goes home to his life at the end of the shift.

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  • johnsb
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    Originally posted by FF-Andy View Post
    Don't pizz down our backs and tell us its raining. Tell us it's pizz.
    Actually, I'd prefer being told "Hey I gotta pee, you might want to move"...

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  • FyredUp
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    Oh where, oh where, can our Nickie be?

    Oh where, oh where, can he be?

    He came in here with his text book platitudes,

    But ran and hid when he didn't like our attitudes!


    Come on Nick...If not standing and defending your opinion is an example of Passion and Leadership all I can say is no thank you.

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  • johnsb
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    Originally posted by FF-Andy View Post
    Don't pizz down our backs and tell us its raining. Tell us it's pizz.
    Are you into that kinda stuff??? You haven't been watching 50 shades have you??

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  • FyredUp
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    Originally posted by scfire86 View Post
    Platitudes are easy, substance is hard.
    It seems so...

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  • scfire86
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    Platitudes are easy, substance is hard.

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  • FyredUp
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    I guess Nick gave up...

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  • FyredUp
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    Originally posted by FF-Andy View Post
    Don't pizz down our backs and tell us its raining. Tell us it's pizz.
    Exactly! I have said for years that an honestly told bad thing is better in the end than a sugar coated lie.
    Last edited by FyredUp; 02-18-2015, 05:30 PM.

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  • FF-Andy
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    Don't pizz down our backs and tell us its raining. Tell us it's pizz.

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  • FyredUp
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    Seriously, I would like him to come back and discuss this from a personal standpoint versus being a quote master. Maybe he could convince me of the error of my ways!

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  • scfire86
    replied
    Sort of reminds me of the Chance Gardener character from Being There.

    As long as the roots are not severed, all is well. And all will be well in the garden.

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  • captnjak
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    Maybe he ran out of good quotes?

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