5 bosses you'll have in the fire service
If you are a boss and are offended by any of the following, well I'm sorry for that
By Billy Galvin
Bosses are like snowflakes, and I have seen many thus far in my career.
Now let me get this straight, I'm not saying these are my bosses or bosses in my department. Rather, this list is a compilation of stories and eye witness accounts. If you are a boss and are offended by any of the following, well I'm sorry for that.
1. The Screamer
My favorite thing about The Screamer is they are always yelling the most obvious shit. For example: "We need to get water on this fire!" What would we do without that order? Oh my God, I was going to use gasoline until you told me to use water. I always end up feeling bad for this boss because sometimes they are cool guys, but they just lose it. I often wonder if they even remember what happened at the fire. Do they wake up like a werewolf the next morning, unaware of their actions the night before? I don't know ... it's a crazy thing.
2. Cool Hand Luke
Cool Hand Lukes lead by example and experience and they generally care about their men. They are the bosses we all strive to be someday, forged by heat and knowledge of the job.
3. The Buddy Boss
The Buddy Boss wants to be your shoulder to cry on, someone you can joke with, cry with, and so on. Unfortunately, when this boss needs to drop the hammer he ain't carrying a 15-pound sledge. He's got one of those jeweler's hammers. Nice guy, but doesn't get the best results.
4. The Hammer
I wonder if something happened to make them that way? If he's not happy, neither is the crew.
5. The Indecisive Boss
You want to be like, "Make a decision," but you can't because he's your boss and you like your job.
One of the coolest things I ever heard a chief say was, "The grunts don't work for me, I work for them." Wow, what a thought. I have had great and terrible bosses like everyone else in the fire service. But one thing remains constant — it's in the trenches where the battles are won or lost. And bad boss or good boss, we all find a way to work together and get the job done. Be safe out there.