The fire service is wrought with tradition, yet it often fails to help young firefighters understand and respect these traditions. Here are ways to teach humility, respect, and knowledge to new firefighters while fostering their excitement, which ultimately helps recruit new volunteers.
By Leischen Stelter
Those who have made firefighting their career know what a dangerous commitment they have made. Particularly those who focus on fighting wildland fires understand the unpredictable nature of these fires and the environmental factors that can create instantaneous danger. Their respect for fire and their relentless training helps them be better firefighters, but as evidenced by the death of 19 elite firefighters killed while battling the Yarnell Hill fire in Arizona, even the most highly trained and most experienced firefighters are never free of danger.