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    My dept. used to have a policy, that if you had a relation working for the city in any of its depts., you were forbidden to apply for a firefighter position. Not having any relatives myself employed by the city,this restriction definatetly improved my chances of being hired. Times have changed and we now have had a few father/son combinations working together on the job, and over all these off-spring have proven to be valuable members of our dept. My question;-Should relatives be given preference over equally qualified applicants,or should the bar be raised higher for them,so that favoritism is not an issue? Also,should sons or daughters be automatically hired if their father or mother should tragically die in the line of duty?

  • #2
    thats how NY does it, if your parent had died in 9/11. you are pretty much guaranteed a job.

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    • #3
      Nepotism is okay as long as you keep it in the family.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by manofire2 View Post
        Nepotism is okay as long as you keep it in the family.
        Isn't that something else or am I thinking of west virginia again?
        I am a highly trained professional and can find my :: expletive deleted:: with either hand in various light conditions.

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        • #5
          I paraphrased. Glad to see others are as warped as me.

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          • #6
            If one uses a unbiased, merit based civil service hiring procedure then it doesn't matter as the best man gets the job and nepotism wouldn't ever enter the equasion.

            FTM-PTB

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            • #7
              Where do I stand? Right next to my brother.
              I am a complacent liability to the fire service

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              • #8
                Originally posted by FFFRED View Post
                If one uses a unbiased, merit based civil service hiring procedure then it doesn't matter as the best man gets the job and nepotism wouldn't ever enter the equasion.

                FTM-PTB
                Great in theory but the fact is it doesn't exist.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by manofire2 View Post
                  Great in theory but the fact is it doesn't exist.
                  It does here and has worked for 100 years.

                  FTM-PTB

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                  • #10
                    FFFred, don't children of LODD members get any "preference" points? I thought I had read that somewhere, but not sure.

                    And while I agree with that, I also agree that the best person for the job should get it, regardless of who they are related too.
                    "This thread is being closed as it is off-topic and not related to the fire industry." - Isn't that what the Off Duty forum was for?

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                    • #11
                      Not here

                      FFFred is correct. If you have a fair and balanced entry exam and process the best man or woman gets the job. I have given oral interviews to alot of kids of firefighters on our job and let say that not all of them passed. You still have to answer the questions and do the job...to get the job.

                      Respectfully,
                      Jay Dudley, Retired Fire
                      Respectfully,
                      Jay Dudley
                      Retired Fire
                      Background Investigator
                      IACOJ-Member
                      Lifetime Member CSFA
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                      • #12
                        I like the way the FDNY does it. I think POINTS are the way to go. I don't, however, agree with residency preference(bonus points) though. If someone from alaska can do better then someone where I live I think they should go to the academy first. My father was a police officer in a really bad city in New Jersey, and the Jersey towns/cities declare if they take from the city, county, or state, and this city only took from its limits. All the guys on the job hate it and try to get it changed because, well, if you pick from trash, youre gonna get trash. I dont like Veterans points(only because I cant get em ;-), but I definatly agree with them. I think it was FFFRED in another thread who explaind how the points give them that extra bump to get back into society, but you still have to score at a high enough rate that you're a good candidate, the 10 points just speed it up and things of the other sort(not a direct quote). I dont like how Mass and Jersey do it, where you simply just get moved to the top, I think thats a little too much help, just my opinion though. As for LODD, I most definatly agree with that, its not just the one man/women who made the ultimate sacrifice, its the entire family. Its the municipality's way of saying thank you and honoring the passed.

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                        • #13
                          Who picks the questions? Who sets the parameters? The bottom line is, a system is fair and equitable if I get on, if I don't then it is nepotism, cronyism, sexism, affirmative action, etc.,etc.,etc. If you go by exam scores, how do you settle ties? Which scores higher physical or scolastic marks?

                          I agree that hiring should be a nameless and faceless procedure, but you will never totally eliminate criticism and in the minds of those who don't get hired, unfairness.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Bones42 View Post
                            FFFred, don't children of LODD members get any "preference" points? I thought I had read that somewhere, but not sure.

                            And while I agree with that, I also agree that the best person for the job should get it, regardless of who they are related too.
                            I'm not sure what that has to do with Nepotism.

                            FTM-PTB

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by manofire2 View Post
                              Who picks the questions? Who sets the parameters? The bottom line is, a system is fair and equitable if I get on, if I don't then it is nepotism, cronyism, sexism, affirmative action, etc.,etc.,etc. If you go by exam scores, how do you settle ties? Which scores higher physical or scolastic marks?
                              You can do like the dept I work for now, and break ties by the date, hour, and minute your application is turned in to the HR office. There's no practical way HR can stamp two apps at the same time. Then you can do like most cities and have a random lottery number drawing. I've read about tie breakers based on previous experience, certain level of certification/education, and residence.

                              I agree with Mr Dudley and others who say the best person for the job gets the job. I've never heard of giving family of LODD preferential treatment. It sounds like a good idea. As someone who lost a parent at a young age, that's something a child carries whether they remember the parent or not. That goes for if the parent's FF, LOE, or military.

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