Firefighting is one of the world’s most honored but hazardous occupations. It is the duty of every District to save lives, reduce injuries and property loss. By becoming a firefighter, an individual joins a profession that is rich in heritage of dedication, unselfish sacrifice and inspired human action. A firefighter performs no greater service than coming to the aid of others. The firefighter’s job is not comfortable or easy; it is a profession that exposes an individual to a high level of personal stress and danger. Firefighting requires a high sense of personal dedication, a genuine desire to help people and a high level of skill.
When most people feel they have an emergency, they first think of the Fire District. Firefighters are involved with all types of people and are appreciated by some and scorned by others. Because a firefighter is a public servant, he/she is expected to calmly evaluate the problem and bring it to a successful conclusion. As a result of the profession, a firefighter will come to know sincere thanks, human kindness, misunderstanding, sadness, helplessness and disappointment. A firefighter will see and know unrestricted emotion, destruction, foolishness, pain and death. From the first time an emergency situation is encountered until the last day of service, the public expects a firefighter to perform heroically. Firefighters are not extraordinary. They are ordinary people who often find themselves in extraordinary situations. Like other people, firefighters have their limits. Everything cannot be done at once; this fact must be accepted. An emergency situation requires knowledge, ability, and skill to bring it to a safe conclusion.
The rewards that a firefighter receives as a result of performing his/her job come in a variety of forms. A firefighter’s sole reward may be feeling good from helping the community and its citizens. He/she will also develop a sense of belonging and teamwork from working with fellow firefighters.