In my experience, the public and even firefighters themselves have a miopic view of the challenges facing firefighters on the fireground. They see the obvious dangers from fire. They don’t realize that sometimes there are other equally dangerous pitfalls awaiting us. There are critical challenges we have to deal with on fires that go beyond what you might think of. In today’s story I relate an incident where a newer female Division Supervisor had to figure out how to communicate with an older experienced tough and grizzled supervisor. The story also involves me as a supervisor of both of them and how I had to ensure they were working well together and communicating appropriately. Of course there will be the requisite laughs because in this business, you have to laugh at the messes we find ourselves in. Hope you enjoy the story and please leave comments where you found the story link? Thanks everyone.
#45 – The Hardest Part of Fighting Fire Is…
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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
2 thoughts on “#45 – The Hardest Part of Fighting Fire Is…”
Hello you two, Laura B. here, Carson, WA. Great story but haven’t quite figured out who Festus is (MS or PH maybe?) Take care and enjoy the San Juans!
Laura, we’ll have to send a private message on Facebook to tell you. We worked hard to not say his name. He’s a great guy but it was just a funny circumstance. But it was a type 1 team… 😊
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