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  • My Chances of Getting Hired

    Hello Everyone,

    Thank you all very much for providing valuable information to all of us hopeful future firefighters, it is truly a demonstration of the willingness to help others that is inherent in this profession.

    I want to get some feedback on my chances of getting hired given my resume so to speak.

    I am 24, I have a BA in international business from UC San Diego. I have worked 1 year in a corporate environment in commercial real estate after college, being entrusted with the keys to multimillion dollar properties (the importance of that will be apparent if you read on). The desk job life is not for me and I want to pursue my original career goal of becoming a firefighter.

    A little about me...
    • I was a Fire Cadet in High School for one semester and loved it
    • I went to community college when I was 18 and moved out but made some awful decisions as a truly lost young man..
      • I got into trouble and received a Minor in Possession of alcohol ticket on 10/2014.
      • I received a petty theft charge on 12/2014 for stealing at a gas station and the judge dropped the charge due to me completing a youth diversion program although the charge appears on my record.
      • I received a wreckless driving misdemeanor and pleaded guilty to that for driving my truck into an empty park at night and tipping it over, totaling the vehicle (I was sober and no one was hurt). This was in 4/2015.
    • I feel like this goes without saying but I am genuinely disgusted at my actions as an 18 year old young man and I take full accountability for my mistakes. I grew up without my dad around, was raised by my mom and took care of my special needs little sister a lot. By the time I moved out I definitely lacked the structure that was always in place through a lifetime of playing football as well as being in the fire station for 6 months in the Fire Cadet program. I acted like a complete idiot and have kept my nose clean since then, taken my education seriously, and have done pretty well for myself I believe. These are by no means excuses, I just want to provide a background on my life that may or may not be beneficial to share in an interview.
    • I have received two speeding tickets since I was 18 and besides that have lived a moral and productive life for the past 5 years while working my way through college, achieving good grades, and landing a semi prestigious looking job in corporate America.
    • I am enlisted in the Air Force reserves as a flight medic and will be shipping out for training some time next year. I will be earning my EMT-B as well as nursing skills that would allow me to challenge the LPN exam. As mentioned earlier, desk job life is not for me and I am truly passionate about lending a helping hand for others and making a difference in my community and the world. I am extremely dutiful and felt a calling to serve in the military and (hopefully) the fire service. I am hoping this job will help me in the hiring process for Fire Departments, I will be deploying overseas in this job so I should have the benefit of a veteran's preference in the hiring process.
    • My plan is to get my EMT-P once I finish my military training in late 2021/early 2022.
    • I will most likely do a FF1 academy in SoCal and work a wildland season or two while applying to Fire Departments all throughout Central and Southern California in the interim. I will be 25 or 26 by the time I am in this phase which means it will have been roughly 6-7 years since my transgressions as a stupid 18 year old.
    To be candid, I am committed to becoming an undeniable Emergency Response professional and a proven leader who would be an absolute asset to the fire service and therefore there is little that could discourage me from pursuing this career whole hog.

    I am simply extremely regretful of the derogatory marks on my record and there is not a day that goes by that I do not feel sincere regret for potentially ruining my chances at the one career I have aspired to earn since I was a young boy as well as being a menace to society and not a good person in those specific instances. I cannot believe the choices I made.

    I wanted to get some feedback on my situation. I know there will be some of you who say I should forget about it and move onto a different career, which is an opinion I understand and respect. I am hoping to hear other perspectives that can shed some light on whether or not I may have a chance if I work my rear off (which is my plan) and how to best navigate my situation.

    I am hoping that my military service and clean record since I was 18 will show that I am not the person I was when I was 18 and have disciplined myself to a great extent to become better each and every day.

    I ask for your honesty as well as your mercy before you judge my past. I do not make excuses for what I did and I certainly understand hesitation from a Fire Department wanting to hire me.

    Any feedback here is much appreciated, God bless you all and thank you for your time and your service as a first responder.

    -Liam

  • #2
    If you keep your plans and stay out of trouble, I see you getting hired.

    I keep hearing ca is very competitive! So I tell everyone test everywhere and often. I know ca is a big state and some places are better to live than others.

    If end game is a city Dept, as soon as you can start testing the better.


    Some depts will put their disqualifiers on their web site. So check thru different cities and check

    Also go to the city you got in trouble... Do an open records request on yourself,,, see if they have any records

    Most juvenile stuff does not show up.

    Plus the wording on the application or personal history sometimes excludes juvenile stuff
    Last edited by fire49; 11-05-2020, 11:55 PM.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZdEH...e_gdata_player

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    • #3
      Texas has plenty of openings

      check weekly and cheaper to live in tx


      https://www.tcfp.texas.gov/jobs


      paramedic is preferred
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZdEH...e_gdata_player

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      • #4
        Good site to check


        https://www.eatstress.com/becoming-a-firefighter/
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZdEH...e_gdata_player

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        • #5
          hey man, I wanted to send you a message cause we have so many things in common. i am 25 and also graduated with the same major from UCSD and decided desk life wasn’t for me. I focused on getting my medic and now i am working as one for a fire department in san diego and in backgrounds to be hired as a firefighter medic. sounds like you have a good plan. message me if you have any questions !

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          • #6
            Maxx2x, awesome! That is so cool to hear. I wish you the best, my cousin is a current City of SD Firefighter Medic and my uncle is a retired City of SD FF.

            I am encouraged by your progress, glad to hear I am not alone in this similar vein of our endeavor. God bless.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by fire49 View Post
              If you keep your plans and stay out of trouble, I see you getting hired.

              I keep hearing ca is very competitive! So I tell everyone test everywhere and often. I know ca is a big state and some places are better to live than others.

              If end game is a city Dept, as soon as you can start testing the better.


              Some depts will put their disqualifiers on their web site. So check thru different cities and check

              Also go to the city you got in trouble... Do an open records request on yourself,,, see if they have any records

              Most juvenile stuff does not show up.

              Plus the wording on the application or personal history sometimes excludes juvenile stuff
              Thank you. I am hopeful I will have a chance at getting hired.. I would love to hear from some CA Firefighters on this site, specifically those involved in hiring.

              Thanks again for your input, I really appreciate it.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by liamsocal View Post

                Thank you. I am hopeful I will have a chance at getting hired.. I would love to hear from some CA Firefighters on this site, specifically those involved in hiring.

                Thanks again for your input, I really appreciate it.


                Problem is there is not much activity here

                I believe Capt Bob is California


                https://www.eatstress.com/about-eat-stress/


                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZdEH...e_gdata_player

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                • #9
                  Not sure if one of these can help you

                  http://www.cpf.org/go/cpf/

                  https://www.csfa.net/

                  Suggest contact a few departments, where you do no think you will apply, and set a meeting with whoever is involved in hiring or backgrounds, and talk to them face to face.

                  I am thinking you are in good shape.

                  DO the open records request on yourself in the city you got in trouble, and the cities you have lived in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZdEH...e_gdata_player

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by fire49 View Post
                    Not sure if one of these can help you

                    http://www.cpf.org/go/cpf/

                    https://www.csfa.net/

                    Suggest contact a few departments, where you do no think you will apply, and set a meeting with whoever is involved in hiring or backgrounds, and talk to them face to face.

                    I am thinking you are in good shape.

                    DO the open records request on yourself in the city you got in trouble, and the cities you have lived in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                    Great idea. I will reach out to the firefighters that supervised me as a cadet in high school for starters and branch out from there.

                    Thank you for your input and readiness to encourage a stranger. This is encouraging to hear your perspective, I hope you are right!

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