Okay, here's one question. Everyone at your department is dual certified. I'm of the opinion that fire suppression and EMS are sufficiently disparate professions, both of them complex enough, that competency at both is achievable, but mastery of both is not. At some point, you have to decide where your heart lies, and where you're going to devote the majority of your time and attention.
I think your questions gives something away. Let me ask him, and the rest of you folks another;
Do you want equality or do you want acceptance? There are different paths to each.
From a firefighters standpoint, if you want equality then make what do in your job equal to what I do in mine. On one hand folks here are trying to make the point if you are only doing EMS, and I am only doing Fire, then we should accept each other as doing an equal job.
I call bullshit.
Are the accountant and the lawyer doing equal jobs? They both had to go to school. They both had to pass a test. Does that make them equal? Do you think for one minute that they look at the other and demand the other recognize that they are the same?
Guys if it ain't the same, it ain't equal. You have to understand that, if you want what you say you do "To have equality in the fire station".
Now that I have pissed all of my EMS readers off, think about this: Do you really want equality? Or do you want respect and acceptances as one professional to another?
If what you want is to be recognized as doing a professional, challenging job, then we have a whole 'nuther ballgame.
So I'm asking AD, and anybody else that wants to weigh in, "What is it you really want? Do you want equality? Or do you want acceptance?"
I have lots of thoughts on both.