All I Ever Really Needed To Know I Learned In Rookie School
(With credit to Robert Fulgham and “All I Ever Really Needed To Know I Learned In Kindergarten”)
Most of what I really need to know about how to live, and what to do, and how to be, I learned in Rookie School. It turns out, being a good firefighter has a lot to do with being a good person.
These are the things I learned: Stick together. Move with a purpose. Listen to those with experience. Put things back where you found them so they’ll be ready to be used again. If it came out of somebody else, you don’t want it getting in to you. You aren’t finished until you’ve cleaned up. You can always use more practice.
Mistakes are okay as long as you learn from them. Everybody is in charge of safety. Help people even when they can’t ask for it. Keep Breathing. Bar-B-Q is good for you. Talk plainly and calmly.
Clean your place every day. When you go out into the world, be confident, trust each other, and always wave back. Sometimes you will need help, but it won’t come unless you ask for it.
Bad things happen. Sometimes people get hurt or die. It isn’t your fault. Cherish success, but accept loss. Everything you need to know about how to live a stand-up life is present there on the fireground. Family, work ethic, finance, and politics; sanitation, citizenship, courage and love. And teamwork. First of all, teamwork. For God’s sake, if you don’t learn anything else, stick together.