Capt Bob,
I was recently fired from a recruit academy. I finished eleven
weeks of a twelve-week academy. The city called it "released from
probation". Afterwards I was fairly well devastated. It has taken me a
while but I still want this job. I plan to test for the city and
other agencies as soon as possible. I don't know how to handle this topic in an interview. It wasn't that I didn't perform well in class; I was always in the top ten percent at tests
and was above average on the drill ground. They didn't exactly tell me why
but I heard that it was attitude. That I didn't take criticism well. But
they let me go in favor of several recruits that did not perform as well as
I did. That is what makes it so tough for me to swallow.
Anyway I bought your program and I really like it. But how
do you explain being hired by the biggest department only to be "released
from probation" One week away from graduation?

Thanks, James


Attitude is your rutter through life. Attitude is such a small thing that can make such a big difference.

Attitude is a real tough one. It will be difficult but not impossible to get hired by another department. I'm sure by now how it played in her getting
let go. The main thing is to not blame them. Take responsibility, what she
has learned and be convincing that it will never ever happen again. This
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You Got Fired from a Department

Let's get real here! One of the most difficult hurdles to get over is being
fired by another department. It's easier if you're a medic.

There has been an alarming rate of new firefighters fired in their academy
and during probation. The main reasons are new hires are showing up for
their academy without being in good enough physical shape. No, just because
you passed the physical agility doesn't mean you're physically ready for the
academy. You see the physical agility standards over the past few years have
been lowered so almost anyone can pass. Fire departments have had little
control over this circus. But they know once they get the candidates in the
academy they will require them to meet a level of service that the job

Others can't remember the manipulative skills for equipment and evolutions.
Some seem to want to shoot their mouth off on how they were trained in
another academy or department.

Many don't realize how important attitude plays in this job; especially in the academy and probation that follows.

Last, too many paramedic firefighters are carrying their position of they're
in charge of patient care no matter what. Understand if you have crew
members who have been going on EMS calls for over twenty years, we have had
to learn something. If your officer tells you something, you had better get
quickly focused and ask him or her what they're seeing that you don't. You
could be 100% right and they will show you the door.

The main thing to remember is don't bring up getting fired in the oral board
unless they do. Too many candidates want to bring it up on their own trying
to justify their position and try to do repair work. Big error. You will
only be opening a can of worms than can't be closed.

If it is brought up or covered in your background, take responsibility for
what you think happened (you may never really find out why) what you
learned, and how it has helped you move forward in your career.

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