It has always amazed me what you can learn from people. If you listen and ask the right questions what you can see in them. What motivates them, what they do. People are more than the exterior they present. The fire service culture has created a carbon copy of what a fire fighter looks like; athletic, clean cut, a "yes, sir" attitude, mechanical aptitude, etc... It's only when you work side by side you learn the layers these people have. It's in their strengths, their passions and their vulnerabilities that you learn what their true WORK is. Their life's work. It's that, "thing" that makes your heart beat a little faster, that gets you up in the morning and keeps you up late. You do the work because you know it matters. It will improve someones life and experiences. You know the work you are doing will help someone else up.
I see the work we all do. I see it in your training, in your coaching, in your beautiful work ethic, and the care you give your families. I hope we all keep doing our lives work, to enrich our families, friends, our departments.
Enjoy this video. It's the difference between your job and your work.
Beyond the Gear is a informational place where firefighters and their families can read and take steps at living a healthier life. Healthy body starts with a healthy mind. I hope you enjoy.