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We are all adults.

My name is Jason Browning. The reason for telling you my name is because I will not hide behind screen names to say what I want to say. I work for NHC Fire and was a member of Ogden Volunteer Fire Department.

First, I will say that I don’t know everything and I don’t have all the answers. I’ve read all the blogs on here from the paid staff, volunteers, and citizens. I grew up in Ogden Volunteer Fire Department. I officially joined when I was 16. I’m not going to say that I don’t agree with everything my employers’ do and say. I’m also going to say I don’t agree with everything that the volunteers’ do or say. That is in any business. I am going to say that I am appalled at how everyone is acting on this tread. We are grown professional adults. There is no need to be acting the way you are. The reasoning for the volunteers to be putting up a fight is different for each individual. For some, it is a “power” thing. For others (especially the older members and the persons growing up in the fire service here), it is a way of life. Some has put their blood, sweat, and tears into these fire stations and services they provide. You wouldn’t like it if you built your house with your own hands and then have someone come take it from you. That is what it is like for them. I remember and understand “where I came from”. I also understand that change is hard. I hate change more then anyone I know, but I also understand that if things didn’t change we would still be living in grass huts throwing rocks at each other. I’ve heard many preach about “brotherhood“ and seem to leave out the volunteers when talking about it. They do the same job we do on the fire scene. We all risk our lives together. I see this arguing and mis-truths going on and it makes me feel sick. I was stationed down south when I was first hired. I’ve worked at most stations in the north along my time in County Fire. I have fought fire and saved lives with many of you old and young. I know how things are at these stations. I’m not commenting on anything dealing with any of these stations on here. This is not the place for it. I think and do what is best for the citizens and visitors of New Hanover County and where ever I may be dispatched to go. I would like to see everyone respect the views and opinions of everyone on here and at the stations.

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