Leadership

Life Isn’t Fair

Issue 3 and Volume 172.

  Life isn’t fair; that is a fact. We will all suffer. It is the human condition. Life starts with a cry, and for some that cry continues until the end. Firefighters get that. We see folks who, as we often say, were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. There is a story, completely unverified, of a man who was standing alongside a desolate stretch of highway in the desert a thousand miles from nowhere admiring the view when the tire of a passing semi came off and struck him dead. This may be total fiction, but the point is how random fate is and how quickly things can change. When it comes to testing fate, firefighters are legendary. The very job is based on responding to the uncertain with an expressed desire to tame the situation back to normal by whatever means necessary. In the process,…

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