Will you being your career like an empty toilet paper roll?
My mom used to say, “You better check yourself at the door…!”
A candidate, questioning the oral board process, wondered what happened to the days when you would step up to help a brother who had gotten themselves into a less than desirable position? Also wondering why it seems to easy to “throw your buddy under the bus”.
We’re not in Kansas anymore, and your “buddy” doesn’t sign your paycheck!
A typical Firefighter oral interview question: “Given a task by your company officer at a fire ground, you encounter another Captain who gives you a different task. What is this situation and how will you handle it?”
Unity of Command answers that question!
Make an excellent, long standing first impression; show that you are serious and set the bar higher for others to reach!
No one talks about the fact that to begin to compete for today’s firefighter jobs “you’ve got to pay to play”, meaning that to realize your goal of becoming a professional firefighter requires that you shell out some cash.
When I speak to a person who wants to be a firefighter, I explain that it is important first to have the passion for the game, that to want to be a firefighter is consuming.