A white fire helmet weighs more than all the others.
No, I don’t mean literally… I’m talking about the heavy burden of responsibility that comes with the title of being Chief.
Did you know the fire chief is responsible for each and every firefighter regardless if he is on scene or not? It’s the chief’s job to make sure every firefighter has the proper training, and every citizen is given the best outcome possible no matter what the emergency is.
“The fire chief is responsible for carrying out the day-to-day tasks of running a firefighting organization. Such tasks include supervising other officers and firefighters at an emergency scene and recruiting, training, and equipping them for their respective duties.”Wikipedia
In addition to the above, many chiefs are also responsible for:
maintaining a good working relationship with other emergency agencies
making sure every truck and piece of equipment is working
staying up to date on safety regulations/requirements
numerous e-mails and phone calls
With all of these responsibilities, guess who is most likely to get sued if something goes wrong? The fire department itself and…. the Chief!
So the next time you see someone with a white helmet… shake the man or woman’s hand. Tell them a genuine thank you for all they do. Because that white helmet is a very heavy weight indeed.
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To all who are called Chief…
May your sleep be untroubled and your heart be a little lighter. While we cannot walk in your shoes (and do not wish to), there are many in your corner and we’ll support you however we can. May God bless you and keep you safe on every call.
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