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 and award-winning educator with more than twenty five years of experience working in career and volunteer fire departments, public and private emergency services and hospital based healthcare systems. Currently a career Fire Captain / Paramedic and EMS Coordinator Rom is a frequent speaker at national conferences and a regular contributor to research, magazines, and textbooks on topics of field operations, leadership, and education in emergency services. Contact Rom via