"That's great too hear that your department was so accepting of you. I came into the fire service two years ago as an atheist and since then I have just kind of kept it to myself. Once I get into the larger paid department I will probably tell…"
I have been with my current department for almost 16 years, when I was hired I would describe myself as a deist. Hardly anyone knew what that meant and I would have to explain it to them. As time went on, I realized that I really didn't believe in any deity and started identifying as an atheist. It was a gradual change, but I have never identified as a Christian since becoming a firefighter.Most of the reactions I got were along the lines of people wanting me to explain how I couldn't…See More
"I work for a small department in a southern suburb of Atlanta. The city has a population of around 38,000. We have 4 stations and run ambulances as well. I have been a paramedic for 21 years and a firefighter for 18.
I haven't had much…"
"Not much discussion here, unfortunately. Maybe I'll start. How many years in fire/EMS? What part of the country/world do you serve? Any negativity regarding your nonbelief from members of your department?"