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The role of a firefighter in today’s society – be it urban, rural, natural environment, volunteer, career, industrial, defence force, aviation, motor sport, or other is one of dedication, commitment and sacrifice – no matter what country we reside and work in. In the fire service we fight together against one common enemy – fire – no matter what country we come from, what uniform we wear or what language we speak. –Lt JJ Edmondson, 1999

When a man becomes a fireman his greatest act of bravery has been accomplished. What he does after that is all in the line of work. –Edward F. Croker

I can think of no more stirring symbol of man’s humanity to man than a fire engine. –Kurt Vonnegut

Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death, can erase our good deeds. –Buddha

More often than not, a hero’s most epic battle is the one you never see; it’s the battle that goes on within him or herself. –Kevin Smith

Becoming fearless isn’t the point. That’s impossible. It’s learning how to control your fear, & how to be free from it, that’s the point. Necessity of action takes away the fear of the act, and makes bold resolution the favorite of fortune. –Francis Quarles

That’s the life, being a fireman. It sure beats being a ballplayer. I’d rather be a fireman. –Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox

If Prometheus was worthy of the wrath of heaven for kindling the first fire upon earth, how ought all the gods to honor the men who make it their professional business to put it out? –John Godfrey Saxe

The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it. –Thucydides

True courage is being afraid, and going ahead and doing your job anyhow. That’s what courage is. –General Norman Schwarzkopf

A hero has faced it all: he need not be undefeated, but he must be undaunted. –Andrew Bernstein

The hero is the man who lets no obstacle prevent him from pursuing the values he has chosen. –Andrew Bernstein

Aspire rather to be a hero than merely appear one. –Baltasar Gracian

I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. –Christopher Reeve

Real heroes are men who fall and fail and are flawed, but win out in the end because they’ve stayed true to their ideals and beliefs and commitments. –Kevin Costner

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. –Joseph Campbell

Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the ‘hero’ within us is revealed. –Bob Riley

If the smoke is moving faster than you can, you have been warned! –”The Art of Reading Smoke”

Out of this nettle, danger, we pluck this flower, safety. –William Shakespeare

Man is the only creature that dares to light a fire and live with it. The reason? Because he alone has learned to put it out. –H.J Vandyke

To me, there’s only 5 real jobs in America: Police Officers, Teachers, Firefighters, Doctors, and the Military Service. –Charles Barkely

And where two raging fires meet together, they do consume the thing that feeds their fury. –William Shakespe

Courage is fear holding on a minute longer. –General George Patton

Courage isn’t that you can see what lies ahead; courage means you will advance not knowing but doing at all costs. –Byron Pulsifer

Firefighters never die, they just burn forever in the hearts of the people whose lives they saved. –Susan Murphree

The truth about plume dominated fire is like a forward pass in football. Three things can happen and two of them are bad. –R. Rothermel

The most tangible of all visible mysteries – fire. –Leigh Hunt

Waiting, prepared to serve, is serving. –Chief Mike West

Untutored courage is useless in the face of educated bullets. –George S. Patton

There are no new lessons to be learned from this fire; only old lessons that tragically went unheeded. –Percy Bugbee

Bravery is being the only one who knows you’re afraid. –Franklin P. Jones

Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death. –Omar Bradley

I have no ambition in this world but one, and that is to be a fireman. The position may, in the eyes of some, appear to be a lowly one; but we who know the work which the fireman has to do believe that his is a noble calling. Our proudest moment is to save lives. Under the impulse of such thoughts, the nobility of the occupation thrills us and stimulates us to deeds of daring, even of supreme sacrifice. –Chief Edward F. Croker

Fight till the last gasp. –William Shakespeare

Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brace by doing brave acts. –Aristotle

The brave man is not he who feels no fear, for that were stupid and irrational; But he, whose noble soul its fear subdues, and bravely dares the danger nature shrinks from. –Joanna Baillie

Where fear is present, wisdom cannot be. –Lucius C. Lactantius

Brave men are all vertebrates; they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle. –G.K. Chesterton

We deceive ourselves when we fancy that only weakness needs support. Strength needs it far more. –Madame Swetchine

The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. –Buddha

No path of flowers leads to glory. –Jean de La Fontaine

Nothing happens to anybody which he is not fitted by nature to bear. –Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

Be bold and mighty powers will come to your aid. –Basil King

Character is not made in a crisis it is only exhibited. –Rose Dorothy Freeman

There are no great men, only ordinary men, who have met extraordinary challenges. –Admiral Halsey

A plan is nothing; planning is everything. –General Dwight D. Eisenhower

Courage is fear holding on a minute longer. –General George Patton

In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments – there are consequences. –Robert Ingersol

Courage is resistance to fear, the mastery of fear — not the absence of fear. –Mark Twain

Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud. –Sophocles

The pursuit of excellence is gratifying and healthy. The Pursuit of perfection is frustrating, neurotic and terrible waste of time. –E. Bliss

None of us is as smart as all of us. –Eric Schmidt

Success is a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don’t quit when you are tired — you quit when the gorilla is tired. –Robert Strauss

Don’t prepare. Begin. Our enemy is not lack of preparation. The enemy is resistance, our chattering brain producing excuses. Start before you are ready. –Steven Pressfield

Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn. –Miguel De Cervantes

A superior person is one who when safe does not forget about danger, and who in times of order does not forget about disorder. –Chinese Song dynasty

Leadership is a combination of strategy and character. If you must be without one, be without the strategy. –Norman Schwarzkopf

The man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done. –Theodore Roosevelt

Training produces the skills; Circumstance provides the opportunity; Experience instills true knowledge. –Unknown

I think that anyone who says that he can predict a fire season with any accuracy has to be either absolutely brilliant, or God’s own fool and I’m not either one. So I’m not even gonna try. –Unknown

In fire you can plan everything out to the minute, and a minute before that — everything changes. –Dan Felix

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. –Nelson Mandela

One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do. –Henry Ford

Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him. –Aldous Huxley

None knows the weight of another’s burden. –George Herbert

When you are making a success of something, it’s not work. It’s a way of life. You enjoy yourself because you are making your contribution to the world. –A Granatelli

A great deal of talent is lost in the world for want of courage. –S. Smith

An effective human being is a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. –Ida P. Rolf

There is some place where your specialties can shine. Somewhere that difference can be expressed. It’s up to you to find it, and you can. –David Viscott

When the deepest part of you becomes engaged in what you are doing… you are doing what you were meant to be doing. –Gary Zukav

The majority of people perform well in a crisis and when the spotlight is on them; it’s on the Sunday afternoons of this life, when the nobody is looking, that the spirit falters. –Alan Bennett

Success comes in a lot of ways, but it doesn’t come with money and it doesn’t come with fame. It comes from having a meaning in your life, doing what you love and being passionate about what you do. That’s having a life of success. When you have the ability to do what you love, love what you do and have the ability to impact people. That’s having a life of success. That’s what having a life of meaning is.  –Tim Tebow

Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must. –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

One can be a brother only in something. Where there is no tie that binds men, men are not united but merely lined up. –Antoine De Saint-Exupery

If you fell down yesterday, stand up today. –H. G. Wells

There is nothing noble in being superior to some other person. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self. –Ernest Hemingway

True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us. –Socrates

It does no harm just once in a while to acknowledge that the whole country isn’t in flames, that there are people in the country besides politicians, entertainers, and criminals. –Charles Kuralt

Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them. –Bruce Lee

There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm. –Willa Cather

Confidence is the most important single factor in this game, and no matter how great your natural talent, there is only one way to obtain and sustain it: work. –Jack Nicklaus

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