#14 – Sometimes All You Can Do Is Shake Your Head and Walk Away

Me and fellow fire officer Jim Bailey on a small wildland fire back around 2000.

Over the years I’ve had to walk the line between being a hard ass in order to maintain my position as a female fire leader and not going too far due to being overly sensitive. Its tough sometimes for a female leader in the fire service. I’m not saying it is for all female leaders but it has been for me from time to time.

As I became more secure in my role as a captain, then Chief, I think I got better at knowing when to engage and be the hard ass and when to smile to myself and just walk away. This is an example when I didnt engage too much becaue I knew it wasn’t important enough. I have many amusing stories of when I had to engage and be the hard ass. I think the next story will be about when I was very much the hard ass. But for now, I hope you enjoy this story of some of my wonderful knuckleahd firefighters.

Just Smile and Walk Away – Episode 14, BobbieOnFire.com

3 thoughts on “#14 – Sometimes All You Can Do Is Shake Your Head and Walk Away

  1. Always enjoy the stories…interesting observation is that men and women can tease and have fun together as long as EVERYONE is having fun. Guess you have to“ know when to hold em.. know when to fold em, know when to walk away, know when to run”… sorry I fell into song🤣

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