No…I’m not looking for a job…but this guy is!
Today, while you’re busy reading this, I am off on a LONG car ride to Sioux City, Iowa with my son. He’s going for his second round of elimination in his hunt to find a firefighter job.
If you aren’t familiar how job interviewing works for fireman, here’s a little run down for you. First off, most departments interview about every two years keeping a running list from the interviews that they will hire from over the course of that time. To make the list, you first need to pass a written exam filled with question about fires, equipment, staging, hazardous materials and triage to name a few things. If you pass that section, you are allowed to move on to take the physical test. Here the participants have to go from station to station completing tasks in a designated amount of time with precision. From here they start a list and finally get to talk to someone. Before an actual hire, the candidate will go through at least three interviews not counting the written or physical test. It is a LONG arduous process that can take up to six months.
Well when Buck showed up to take the written test on Wednesday, 225 people were there with him to take the test. Buck made it through the written testing along with about 99 other people…now today, he’s going for the physical testing. We are so excited that he made it through the written testing as that is his weaker area-not because he doesn’t know the information but because he is not a good test taker.
But (why is there always a but in my stories) Thursday, he injured himself. He sliced open the webbing part of his skin where his thumb attaches to his hand. He refuses to go get stitches as he is afraid they won’t let him test if he is obviously injured. He doesn’t want to be eliminated over his injury. I am just hoping a good dose of tylenol and some ice will help him through the testing.
Lots of people don’t realize how arduous the hiring process is for firemen. Before our son wanted to be a fireman we knew nothing about the process. Making things even more difficult is the state of the economy. States and cities are cutting their budgets and services, meaning few firefighting are opening up. So say a prayer, keep your fingers crossed or whatever you do help someone along….we need it!
If you know of anywhere hiring firefighters…drop me a note. I have a guy who would LOVE a job.
But on a quilty note…..I’m stopping at a quilt shop on the ride home…. Country Threads just might be the place! I am SO happy about that.