cops hate firemen

3 Reasons why Cops Hate Firemen

Yes, cops hate firemen.

I wish it weren’t true but you know the old saying, “some things are true whether you believe them or not”. The same can be said for my wife’s appetite for god awful TV.

My wife loves to watch a lot of reality television.

And talk shows.

My god the endless talk shows. Her favorite is Dr. Phil.

Because I’m probably the most awesome husband the world has ever known, I will, at times, sit and watch these programs with her.

The running theme for most of these shows is self awareness.

The self awareness to know the root causes for why you feel and act a certain way towards someone or something.

So I have decided to take Phil’s advice.

They always say the first step is the hardest.

Hopefully, by revealing the 3 reasons why cops hate firemen, I and other cops can begin to heal and not carry the heavy burden that comes with loathing them so.

I have decided to just stick to 3 because I know you are busy and spending one more second on this stupid article may cause you to hate me as well.

1. Their work schedule

C’mon Man.

Are you kidding me?

Your typical fireman works some form of a day on, then a day off, for few days and then like 8 straight days off followed by more days off.

On average I believe they work a total of somewhere between 7 to 9 days a month.

What, you didn’t get that?

They work a total of 7 to 9 days….A MONTH!

“But Bart, we have to work 24 hour shifts and sometimes we don’t get our naps or a full 10 hours a sleep every night”..

Most firemen, because of their work schedule, have side hustles or own their own businesses when they are not doing Crossfit at the Firehouse. Their schedule really does support having a side business.

Most firemen consider their firefighting jobs as their secondary employment.

Very few cops run their own businesses on the side. Why? Because in reality we can never be certain what are days off will be. (I’ll give you a tiny little hint, it’s this thing we call court).

2. Everybody loves them

It’s nauseating.

When little kids are asked what they want to be when they grow up, a parent is usually near by telling them to say firefighter. Why? Because Firemen are universally loved.

They get to be the altruistic version of what everybody secretly wants to be.

The hero. 

The savior.

The guy or gal who will practically burn themselves alive to save your puppy named Walter from an inferno after they have already saved everyone else in your family.

Or better yet, they immediately start attending to your physical needs at an accident scene.

Not cops.

As soon as we realize that no one is dead and we can’t call out the fatal accident team, we immediately start getting licenses and registrations.

Nothing says warmth and reassurance after you have been flipped around like a sardine than asking what color your light was.

Always the bad guys us cops.

If these examples were not bad enough, the way they are portrayed on social media is almost unbearable.

For some unknown reason, females are under the delusion that all firefighters are in essence male models with six pack abs and chiseled shoulders.

Just stop.

It’s bad enough that you are objectifying men in such a callous and demeaning manner. If I see another group of half naked firemen show up on my feed rescuing a small kitten I will literally die.

3. The job

I have had several cops in the past few years who have jumped ship to the fire department.

It’s always the same story.

After I’m done having a mini turrets like outburst upon hearing that I have lost yet another to the fire department, I slowly realize the truth.

Day to day, firemen just have it easier than cops.

They know it. We know it. 

Any task required of a firemen usually involves 6 to 10 of them working together for almost any job.

They can’t even get gas for their vehicles without half of a battalion present.

Yes I know that on occasion firemen have to actually go into buildings and spray water on a fire. A small house fire usually requires about 5,000 firemen responding from every firehouse in the city.

Oh and don’t get me started on bomb threats or suspicious packages.

Cops are usually called upon to direct traffic during these events that usually lasts several hours.

The one thing that every cop can tell you is that firemen are never in a hurry to do anything. They love showing off their robots during these calls also.

And stop asking us on every single call our ETA . We will get there when we get there.

This is especially true around meal time. For the love of god don’t interrupt or impede the 7 bean salad and chicken casserole that FF Evans made for Battalion One.

I hope that everyone understands that this article was written with no ill will but with good fun in mind. If you were offended by this article or are a firefighter, I’m sorry.

I was thinking about writing a follow up article pointing out why firemen hate cops but that would be too easy.

Everybody hates us.

Please enjoy this funny short that better explains the differences between cops and firemen. Note: it should not be viewed by young children or those without a sense of humor. Enjoy..

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A 23-year veteran police officer, Bart spent time as a patrolmen and a violent crimes detective (specialized in strategic intelligence and research analysis). Aside from this experience in high profile case investigations, he has received training from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security in Advanced Intelligence Analysis. Bart also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Strategic Intelligence (Magna Cum Laude) from Liberty University. As a father of four, husband and law enforcement officer, he wants to share his knowledge on safety with you. Bart is also a contributing writer for Law Enforcement Today.


  • Ed May 19, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Hate Firemen? In all my years on the street, I’ve never heard that mentioned. Personally, I wouldn’t want their job!!!!! I wouldn’t want to wear all that equipment in horrible heat (either fire of summer in Florida)!!! I would have a heat stoke!!!

    In addition, too many of them have respiratory problems and other health issues after retirement.

    Hate them? Absolutely not! I was always thankful when they pulled up to a scene where I was working…..I felt relieved that someone was there that knew how to handle medical issues that I didn’t want to deal with….especially when I totaled out my motorcycle with hit by a mail truck!! I was VERY grateful to seen them roll up and be there for me!!!

    I’ve always respected what they did and I never experienced any of them disrespect me for what I did.

    That’s my story and I’m stickin to it! ;o)

    • Bart Proctor May 22, 2017 at 7:13 am

      Ed, please for the love of god and everything that is holy, please read the article again. Thank you.

  • Jim Pat Flowers May 19, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    There is also that little thing about how firemen never shoot unarmed citizens.

    • Bart Proctor May 22, 2017 at 7:13 am

      Thank you Jim for extolling your use of force expertise for all of my readers to see. Good one.

  • Robert Pavelka May 19, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    Your timing is real good, especially when everyone is trying to harm Police Officers. Now fireman hate us, but thats ok too. I was both. We need to post articles that boost morale for all our first responders and start picking on those who deserve it but can’t handle it like lawyers.

    • Bart Proctor May 22, 2017 at 7:11 am

      It must be tough Robert, living in a world devoid of humor. My next article should be about how to appear alive when you are actually dead inside. Thanks.

  • Philip Brown May 19, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Comes down to this…completely basic. I’m going to put this in terms everyone can understand. And deep down inside whether u want to admit it or not….it’s true. Cops want our job. They are jealous….they want the fame, schedule, knowledge, tools and recognition…simple as it can be made


    • Bart Proctor May 22, 2017 at 7:15 am

      If I disagreed with this comment then I would be a liar.

  • Melissa Clark May 19, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    I say we send Bart a mess of pics of firemen and kittens LOL .I can tell you as one of the first Mercury central officers stationed out of station 10 Marcella rd the police and fire got along great. During the holidays if you were working they invited us to eat dinner with them. During the bad weather if you need to get cleaned up you could mark out there. They had dryers and showers.But that was the old days and a lot has changed for both the police and fire.

    • Bart Proctor May 22, 2017 at 7:16 am

      Thank you Melissa. It is obvious that you are under their spell also.

  • Greg September 3, 2017 at 2:34 am

    Great article. Very well written. FWIW, I have incredible respect for both parties.
    That said, my closest friend of 30+ years is a fireman, and when he mentioned the rift between the two groups s few years ago, I was surprised and a little puzzled. Your perspective is very persuasive.
    Thanks for the article, and more importantly thanks for what you guys (ALL of you) do everyday.


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