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Fire Service Traditions: Mentoring to Overcome Generational Differences

By George Goblet The differences in age and generations have played a part in the development of our nation and careers over at least the last 65 years, from the Baby Boomers to Generation X to the Millennials that are just now entering the workforce. The fire service follows the same cyclic transition from one generation to the next just as other subcultures and professions in society. As the generations change, the fire service needs to be prepared to adapt and be able to fully train and mentor the future generations. Younger generations have different outlooks regarding self-awareness and respect for authority. One of the best ways to reconcile these differences is mentoring. The few B...

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