How to Avoid Training Scars

04/01/2013
BY CHRISTOPHER BRENNAN I met a young firefighter some months ago who was in a difficult place-early 20s, sincere in desire and drive to succeed in the fire service, but feeling burned out far too early. What had led to this burnout? Was it a string of difficult calls that opened up emotions that were overwhelming? Maybe the reality of the job didn't fully match up with this firefighter's perception. Perhaps there was just a bad attitude at the root of this discontent! No, the answer was "D. None of the above," but it didn't take more than a five-minute conversation to diagnose the root cause: training scars. I've heard it said that "experience is what you get when you don't...

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