Capt. Bob,

I know Seattle is getting ready to send their next
group to the academy. After my captains interview,
which went very well, I haven't heard anything. They
requested an incredible amount of information from
outside parties. Would it be out of line to call HR
and see what my status is? I would hate to think that
a college transcript or reccomendation letter was
holding me up, but would like to address any issues.
Your thoughts.................Ted


You can try and call. Many don't make Seattle the first time around. Consider this:

The Call Doesn't Come

You have done everything you can do to get hired. You're in background. Things seem to be moving along. Then nothing is happening. Your calls are
not returned. You hear from other candidates below you on the list that they have completed their psych and medical. The academy date has been set. You still can't find anything out.

The letter arrives informing you that you are out of the process. You're devastated. You don't know why. You want to know. Maybe there's something you can do, someone you can talk to convince them you're the guy they need; there has to be a mistake. Just give me a chance to prove myself. Your calls go unanswered.

What do you do now? You feel hurt, angry, frustrated and betrayed. Well, there is not much you can do. If you push too hard you might hurt your chances of getting on somewhere else. Even if you are able to get someone to talk to you, you probably will never really find out why. It just happens sometimes for whatever reason.

My advice. Go through the denial, anger, and depression. Lick your wounds and accept what happened. Then, regroup and get back out there and test again. If you made it this far, chances are you can do it again. Maybe with a better department than you hoped for.

"Nothing counts 'til you have the badge . . . Nothing!"

Fire "Captain Bob"