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You Don’t Know What Brotherhood Means

Brotherhood is a word that is preached endlessly in the Fire Service.  However, for the majority of you, I don’t think you know what it means.

wordNow before you all get offended, hear me out.  I think the majority understand the concept of brotherhood.  However, until you have a personal tragedy in your life, the full impact of the brotherhood isn’t fully understood.  We may do little things like help each other train, move, or be an ear to listen and give advice.

I speak from experience when I tell you there is so much more to the brotherhood than those small things.  I’ve seen first hand the extent of the brotherhood when recently, a local Fire Department lost a long time member .  The members of the department were contacted by other firefighters they had never even met who called and told them, “we’re here if you need ANYTHING.”

When I was diagnosed with Leukemia, I hadn’t even finished fire academy.  Yet, the brotherhood stood up and accepted me as their own and supported my family and I in our fight.  That support was paramount in me reaching my goal.  As a result, I beat the Leukemia, went back to Fire Academy and graduated.

tragedy  The brotherhood isn’t something that just “is” either.  It’s an attitude.  It takes hard work and dedication.  The concept of the brotherhood should always be to put more into it than you get out of it.  Think of the brotherhood as a glass of water.  Without putting more water into it than you take out of it, it will eventually be empty.

As current members of the Fire Service, it’s up to us to keep the heart of the brotherhood strong.  Without us working to keep the heart of the brotherhood pumping, it will die out and be no more.  We all have to work hard to maintain the best part of the Fire Service, the brotherhood.

About Jonathon Jacobs (7 Articles)
Jon grew up in the fire service. His father was a firefighter for 17 years, thus cultivating his love of the emergency services. Straight out of high school, Jon joined the military as a Navy Hospital Corpsman, volunteering as an 8404 Fleet Marine Force Hospital Corpsman. He was with 1/24 Marine Reserve unit out of MI for a short time before volunteering for a deployment to Iraq with 3/24 in 2009. Since coming home and finishing his military service, he has worked in multiple family practice, ER’s and urgent cares before getting licensed as an EMT-B and settling into his passion of Fire/EMS.

1 Comment on You Don’t Know What Brotherhood Means

  1. Bill Arsenault // February 15, 2017 at 6:06 pm // Reply

    Ironically I tell co workers of mine, that unfortunately it will take a tragedy in our department for many of today’s fire service members to really know what brotherhood means.

    Carried remains, watching combat soldiers die, my uniformed brothers while in Iraq be injured. That is were many learned what brotherhood is.

    485 days deployed. Same guys. Same military uniform. No real “home” time.

    Like I said, it often takes a tragedy to test the strength of a human being. That’s where a person truly learns “brotherhood”.


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