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Step 2: Desire

Step 2: Desire

Kendra Weikman & Luther Berge

In this industry you have to have the will and the desire to get the job done, whatever that job may be. You may have to spend hours training with your department in new firefighting techniques and styles. You may have to fight for one more ounce of strength as you battle endless, angry flames during a call. You may have to put your life in harm’s way to help save the life of someone you don’t even know.

This is something you have to want to do with all your heart. You don’t become a volunteer firefighter because it’s in your family’s history, or because you’ve watched the gory and glorified stories on TV. You do this job because you have a strong, burning desire deep down to help those in need.

It is your responsibility to do everything in your power to protect life, property and the environment. Glory and praise cannot be your main priority, but perhaps a distant, secondhand benefit.

If you have the desire, if you have what it takes, you will be great at whatever you do.

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