Professionalism is Critical 

While hams are not paid communications professionals, our behavior and skills should be nothing less. Little else damages our reputation like an unprofessional attitude. Volunteers of all kinds have a bad reputation for “wannabe” behavior and an inappropriate appearance. Police and fire personnel pride themselves on their professional look and demeanor, and they do not want volunteers to detract from that image or impede them in their work. Here are some suggestions:

• Know your place – you are not sworn police officers or firefighters

• You are there to meet THEIR needs, not yours

• They define their needs, not you

• Dress as they want you to – not as you would like to

• Most important, leave your ego at home. You are not in charge