I'm 35,000 feet in the air, listening to a little Metallica and heading home from Kemah, TX after attending and teaching at the 3rd Coast Conference. While there, District Chief Clyde Gordon said something in his class and I couldn't get it out my head; "you never know where the fire service will take you".
I started thinking about this and thought about where the fire service has taken me? My mind immediately turned to Forrest Gump! A simple man that traveled, suffered heart ache, love, adventure, friends and lived a life that most would be jealous of.
I have been in the fire service my entire life, my father was my first Chief and mentor. I started as a cadet at 16, spent over 30 years with the City of Atlanta and now have the honor to teach and work with some of the most incredible people throughout the country.
I have sat and had beers and dinner with legends to rookies, I have built friendships that will last a lifetime and look forward to every class, every trip and have no idea what's around the next corner!
The Fire Service Path & Options
The majority of us get into this job, for the jobs. We want to help people and make fires everyday. However, as our careers and lives change our paths can vary. Think about the different opportunities the fire service provides:
Swift Water and Dive
It's amazing when you think about the different opportunities and options. This job is only limited by your own ambitions and how hard your willing to work. The one thing the fire service will not do, is hand you these opportunities. This to me is what makes our profession great! No hand out's no free rides.
The fire service has taken me all over the country, it has provided me with opportunities, friends and memories that will be with me for life. Take some time and look at where you are and try to imagine where the fire service could take you.