Yeah, I used to deal with that a lot, with my (former) FFâ€¦ the inability to go anywhere without a pack (and the insistence that I do the same), the inability to simply pull forward into a parking spot (gotta back in!)…
I grew up on field crews (of various types); I’ve been out for up to six weeks at a time living out of tent, and yeah, it does skew your perspective. But if those around can recognize the effect, any reasonably introspective FF should be able to recognize the tendencies in themselves and correct for the â€˜reality factor’. In all seriousness, thoughâ€¦FFs tend to be very highly trained creatures, so we react, just like members of the military, with training first and logic later. One of the reasons I recommend taking fire classes to SOs of FFs; if he or she can’t seem to function without a pack and a tool, or walk side-by-side instead of single file, well, yeah, we’re freaks, but we’re freaks for a reason.
Nerd on the Fireline