The wheels start coming off the wagon for most candidates in the tactical simulation right about the time they start assigning the second alarm units. Losing equipment is one of the areas in which promotional candidates get into trouble. You can overcome this by using a piece of paper with a line...
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Later, Jarrett reviewed his evaluation of the fire problem with the personnel analyst who was in the room during the fire problem. She told Jarrett that when he left the room, the raters told her to hire him now. Jarrett got the top score of 19 of the possible 20 points in this exercise. The analyst mentioned, "Well, you've been here before." Jarrett said, "No, this is my first promotional test." She said, "That's not possible for your first time out. How did you do it?" Jarrett told her, "I studied hard and got some coaching."
Yes, he did. The defense rests!
Jarrett ended up No. 2 on the list his first time out. We dialed him up a little more before the chief's interview, and he jumped to No. 1! He had the badge within 30 days. You got to love it.
This from Jarrett:
It's funny your e-mail came today, this morning at a mutual aid drill. I was approached by a BC from another Dept. He was a rater on my assessment center fire simulation. He congratulated me on my new position and stated that my simulation was one of the best he had ever seen. He stressed ever, and he is not a young guy. He continued with how imprested he was with my "command presence." Thank you again for the great coaching. By the way, the job has exceeded every expectation and more. My driver has been a medic in the department for 22 years, and my tailboard is about to make permanent status. I have a great crew.
Captain Jarrett Anderson
Remember, absolutely nothing counts 'til you have the badge. Nothing!