Thank you maâ€™am, for the support…Iâ€™m sure there are substandard vollie crews out there, but speaking for those of us who really do work our rear ends off (Iâ€™m sure vfd captâ€™n would back my up on this): I hate it when Iâ€™ve worked an eight or ten hour day on my rear job, gone on a couple of ambulance runs (at >2 hours a piece, weâ€™re RURAL), then got called a fire and been looked at like Iâ€™m some sort of invertebrate because Iâ€™m not a professional. On the other hand, I love it when some IC whoâ€™s used to dealing with hotshots comes walking down our line and looks at us with his eyes all big and you know he just learned a little extra respect for the â€˜weekend warriorsâ€™. I had an explosives engineering prof at one point who used to say â€œYou never know who youâ€™re lecturing to.â€ That hold true for all of us on the line. Thereâ€™s damn good vollie crews (Iâ€™m privileged to think I belong to one of them) and thereâ€™s bad shot crews, good contract engines and bad federal engines, and you never know who youâ€™re lecturing to until youâ€™ve seen them with the flames reflected in their eyes.
Nerd on the Fireline