Duty, Respect, Integrity.

Duty There is a sense of purpose behind this work. Choosing a career in public service is about contributing to something bigger than yourself; it is actively prioritizing the needs of others above your own. Along with the selfless nature of the job, another component is discomfort. More often times than not you’ll be drenched … Continue reading Duty, Respect, Integrity.

The Wildland Firefighter’s Ethos: Part 3

A Three-Part Blog Series supported by: The American Wildfire Experience 2019 Micro-Grant Award Part Three- Integrity. It is the third and final segment to our fire ethos triangle and it’s also the most crucial. Integrity is the foundation upon which we build our camaraderie and without camaraderie the “fire family” of which we are all … Continue reading The Wildland Firefighter’s Ethos: Part 3

The Wildland Firefighter’s Ethos: Part 2

A Three-Part Blog Series supported by: The American Wildfire Experience 2019 Micro-Grant Award Part Two- Respect. On paper, everyone must give respect to their fellow co-workers. That sounds swell, but “on paper” is not where we fight fire. There is an unspoken rule amongst the ranks of the Wildland Firefighting community; everyone must earn their … Continue reading The Wildland Firefighter’s Ethos: Part 2

The Wildland Firefighter’s Ethos: Part 1

A Three-Part Blog Series supported by: The American Wildfire Experience 2019 Micro-Grant Award   Part One- Duty. There is a sense of purpose behind this work. Choosing a career in public service is about contributing to something bigger than yourself; it is actively prioritizing the needs of others above your own. Along with the selfless … Continue reading The Wildland Firefighter’s Ethos: Part 1

In Search of, “The Words”

Sometimes a situation in life sends you searching for “the words” but they don’t always come when you need them. This is true for me right now, in this moment. So here are some words, which are long lost cousins of “the words” that I can’t seem to locate, bear with me. I’ve been unbelievably … Continue reading In Search of, “The Words”