I know exactly how you feelâ€¦when I started volunteering, I didnâ€™t tell my family for about six months. My motherâ€™s reaction was classicâ€¦â€You get to wear the hats and everything?â€ â€œYes, Mom.â€ â€œWell, donâ€™t go into any burning buildingsâ€ â€œItâ€™s WILDLAND fire, Mom.â€ â€œWell, donâ€™t go near any forest fires, then.â€ I love my mother, but she openly admits that she has absolutely no idea what I actually DO. On the bright side, my family as a whole has been far, far more supportive and enthusiastic than I had ever hopedâ€¦hopefully your family will be the same way. Iâ€™ve found that a good way to ease worries is to emphasize how important safety is on the fireline and how much you trust your crewmates. I actually gave my dad a five-minute lesson in fire shelter use that really made him a lot happier with what I was doing.
I attached a sketch of the graphic I tried to show in my last postâ€¦hopefully this works better than my last attempt.
Nerd on the Firelin
Many thanks, Nerd, for not giving up on that graphic. I moved your earlier explanatory post forward and now it’s just below with your graphic inserted. As you can see I made it much smaller.