RescueDigest GOTW: Brotherhood

By focusing on a particular goal for a week straight and providing some resources to get you started, RescueDigest is here to help make your world a little but easier and to help you help others. Some say family, some say camaraderie, some call it esprit-de-corps, we call it brotherhood. Call it what you want, it’s that special spirit that is a combination of friendship, family and fraternity among those of us that share the bond of emergency services. Brotherhood is that special combination of pride, honor, duty, dedication, and sacrifice that are essential for any emergency responders to have if they are to ever fully realize their potential. Sadly some people, and some entire services, find that essential spirit lacking. Since, at its core, (we believe) brotherhood is the key to intrinsic motivation, pride and professional satisfaction; Let’s foster brotherhood in your service!

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(When you hear “Brotherhood” do you think “Firefighter”? We want to think “Medic”, “Dispatcher” and more!)

This goal of the weak is part of a month-long series. You can read our editorial on brotherhood, why we think it’s important, and why we think it needs to be promoted RIGHT HERE. What we’ll add here is that RescueDigest exists to promote great ideas across different branches of emergency services which is why we see a great opportunity to take the best aspects of the Brotherhood of the Fire Service and the Brotherhood of Law Enforcement and apply them to the rest of emergency services.

We selected some of the best resources on explaining and promoting brotherhood from the fire service and law enforcement. While we have them divided up into sections below, we don’t want you to think that means the firefighters should go to their section and the cops should go to theirs. You guys should already know all that! The idea here is to cross pollinate the best ideas. No one service has a trademark on brotherhood.

One more thing that we’ve explained in some of the other posts, and is even covered in some of the resources below, is that the phrase “brotherhood” refers to members of the emergency services family of all genders. Brothers and sisters, black-and-white, career and volunteer, we have consciously chosen to use one single phrase “brotherhood” to emphasize that this phrase should be inclusive and unifying, not exclusive and compartmentalizing.

So wether you’re looking to boost that brotherhood spirit for yourself, or you’re trying to assist a fellow responder who seems to have lost the spirit, or you want to help that millennial who may never have known the meaning of brotherhood, check out the RescueDigest tips for fostering that essential spirit of brotherhood.

As with all of our #GOTW reminders, we’re going to be trying these right along with you!

Brotherhood From the Fire Service

Brotherhood From Law Enforcement

Brotherhood Among Volunteers


In Station

What success (or problems) have YOU had trying to foster a spirit of brotherhood with other emergency responders? Let us know below:

About romduck

Rom Duckworth is a dedicated emergency responder, author, and educator with more than thirty years of experience working in career and volunteer fire departments, hospital healthcare systems, and private emergency medical services. Rom is a career fire captain and paramedic EMS Coordinator for the Ridgefield (CT) Fire Department and director of the New England Center for Rescue and Emergency Medicine. Rom holds a master’s degree in public administration, is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer program, and is the recipient of the NAEMT Presidential Award, American Red Cross Hero Award, Sepsis Alliance Sepsis Hero Award, and the EMS 10 Innovators Award. Rom is the author of "Duckworth on Education," as well as chapters in more than a dozen EMS, fire, rescue, and medical textbooks and over 100 published articles in fire and EMS magazines. A member of the NAEMT Board of Directors, as well as other national and international advocacy and advisory boards, Rom continues to work for the advancement of emergency services professions. Contact Rom via