This might be a strange topic for a fire service Blog, but it should make sense in a minute.

An inheritance is something we all hope we leave for others. We want it to be thoughtful, plentiful, and meaningful and lots of good things. Well there is an inheritance in your department and your fire service life also.

How many times have you heard in a fire house (or firehall) “hey this is not my fault as an officer I inherited this mess!”

I think all of us have “inherited” something bad in our fire service careers. Hey I got hand me down gear from some guy who left the department…. We have to use the reserve apparatus today we inherited this piece of junk…etc.

So you get the point about stuff that you have inherited. Now the real question is what are you building and preparing to leave others. After you leave the station or the department what will you have left behind?

We can hope that it will be your good personality, your lack of complaining, your sense of humor, your willingness to help others, your technical skills competence and experience.

Who have you worked to train and leave them with some knowledge that they inherited from you.

Today, start thinking about the inheritance you will leave for others. Start now, whether you have 2 years on or 20,

We are always remember for what we left behind.

Be generous and thoughtful to those that follow you.