It’s not going to require much reading to see why the fire service can’t get enough of it’s collective s*** together to provide a united front on anything. Check it out at Dave Statter’s blog at STAT911. You can skip the video (for my purposes) and go straight to the comments. There’s enough anger and bile in this area to prove my point.
We will never move forward in little packs of warring tribes. We need to show a little love and respect for our brothers, regardless of who they are, where they work, career or volunteer, and their personal opinions. Laughing at a burned brother, making derogatory remarks about each other, etc. is counterproductive, but even worse, the people who are laughing out loud are the politicians and the competing interests, because they know that so long as we continue down this path, there won’t be any resistance from us when it really is needed.