Letters to the Editor: January 2020

Issue 1 and Volume 173.

Generational Change in the Fire Service I am writing from a Generation Y perspective. My generation is highly scrutinized for being undermotivated and too advantaged, and spending too much time on technology. The fire service, however, has changed and is changing. We need to put to good use my generation, which can help create a better fire service geared for the future. Kids born since the 1990s grew up with color television, computers, cell phones, and accessible Internet. Newer fire service members are surrounded with the stigma of being lazy, unmotivated, and always having their heads glued to a screen. Many older generational firefighters are very set in their ways. It’s time not only to embrace but also to take advantage of the current technology and generation of firefighters. This generation knows how to effectively operate Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, LinkedIn, Vimeo, and Twitter. Social media consumes today’s society. We…

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