Sometimes I wonder why some people choose to work in emergency services. I don’t think I’m very far from reality when I say that there are quite a few people who were inspired by 9/11 to leave their regular jobs to be in emergency services out of a sense of duty. And I’m fairly certain that Hollywood has inspired a sizable group of folks to do the same out of the desire to look cool.
Before I continue, I’d like to make it clear that I’m not disparaging anyone’s personal choices. We’ll take anyone with the right attitude and abilities. Rather, let’s not forget that these jobs come with a lot of things that, honestly, aren’t for everyone. But the amazing thing is that sometimes we meet fellow professionals who actually have issues with these things!
For instance, if you don’t like tussling with dangerous assholes or don’t have very thick skin, law enforcement (fire service and EMS too) may not be for you.
If you have a problem with blood and other fluids or dead bodies, medical work may not be for you.
If you have some hangup over heights and small, dark spaces and flames, the fire service may not be for you.
And most importantly, if you can’t think clearly under stress – and I mean, sometimes, serious stress; not my-mother-in-law-is-driving-me-nuts stress – it may not work out very well for your career in emergency services.
You know you’ve met some of these folks.
It’s nothing to be ashamed of, but some people just aren’t meant to do these jobs. Some folks just don’t “get it.”