This story dates back to when I first was promoted to Captain at a smaller fire department. I suppose I had been a bit of a “fire brand” in my career leading up to this story. You’ll get more of the details when you listen. But what struck me as I was thinking about this story yesterday, was how many times we get tested in our lives. We get tested by our parents while growing up. Our children test us as they’re growing up. Once we’re working at a job, every time we start a new job or get a new boss or get a new employee who’s working for us, we get tested. Yesterday I realized I was being tested right up until the day I retired. Some of those “tests” can be small and less obvious. Some can be more dramatic (and stupid) as this story illustrates. But through it all we should smile, laugh at ourselves and enjoy the ride. This is one of those stories that makes me smile and shake my head. Hope you enjoy it too.
#12 – Always Being Tested
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I've been a wildland and municipal firefighter for over 40 years. I've held positions from firefighter up through the ranks to Chief and above. Over the years I've gathered many surprising and funny stories. Most have a good leadership lesson for all of us. I hope you enjoy them. View all posts by Bobbie Scopa
6 thoughts on “#12 – Always Being Tested”
Another great story, Bobbie!!
Thanks Riva. I still shake my head at all the schit I went through.
I like reading and listening to the stories.
I never really thought I was appreciated until the MBS. The WEA always appreciated me but my home unit not so much…
It’s good to find a unit that appreciates you. Like you, I don’t think the WEA appreciated me too much either. Some did, some not so much. But I did what I thought was the best. Hope you’re doing well and enjoying life these days! Stay well and be safe.