Firemanship isn’t simply the practice, skill or occupation of firefighting like the dictionary states.
Firemanship goes far beyond that simple definition.
Firemanship is the intangible part of our job. The part which we as individuals have the most control over.
The basic act of firefighting is a trade. And as trade firefighters are required to learn the skills necessary to carry out the tasks related to firefighting.
Firemanship on the other hand is a craft. And as a craftsman you take the tasks learned as a tradesman and develop them into an art form.
This process is not for everyone. It requires dedication and determination as well as the drive to be the best at what we do.
In the fire service we must also be willing to adhere to the value system and ethos set forth by those who have gone before us.
The true art of firemanship is learned through a desire to be the best and the determination to never stop learning and honing our craft.
It’s about pushing further when we’re ready to stop.
It’s about learning from those who’ve gone before us and honoring them by living up to and exceeding their hopes and expectations.
Are you happy to just be a tradesman or do you want to be a craftsman?
Learning the art of firemanship will make the difference.