My background was cleared so Ill be shipping out to the island on the 21st!
The hiring Chiefs been off-Island, so there's a back up in processing if your not in contact with HR at the moment, just be patient.
Some good news. Kwaj is going to the 1 year contract instead of the 2 year. The ratio of people staying for 2 years, with contract complete vs those abandoning the 2 years has been pretty high. So the policy has changed.
Vacations are done based on seniority. So, be prepared to shop for your vacations early in the year. You can ask for time off, but you wont get payed unless you fall within the 7 months of employment bracket and have accrued your Paid Time Off (PTO).
Newer gear comes out to the Island quite often. Right now there's new ambulances, 4 Titan ARFF trucks that circulate out of service, but are newer (within 5 years) the salty air is terrible on the equipment. And 2 newish E-1 Engines. The fire chief on Island rocks. Retired DOD Chief from Central California. And finally seems to be staffed with good officers.
Now I hear a Subway landed on the Island along with an Anthony's Pizza. AAFES is coming soon, no more Macy's West or Cafe Pacific. With AAFES, you can order online or do Catalog shopping with free shipping APO! Sweet.
I'm hearing this through the grapevine. My hiring packet went through. Ive decided to go back.
To all you old timers, the Yuk Club shutdown due to the building deteriorating. Now its the snake pit, the golf course, or vets hall for drinks. Actually the Yacht club too. Which is newer (by Eco Pier). The Mobile homes on Island are being removed. Asbestos tile and other items have been found and are not safe to repair. So, all unaccompanied positions get the BQ's.
Now, I don't know if anyone knew Aarlos Nelson, but he left Kwaj after being employed there since the early 70's. He resides as an old Dakine in Hawaii. His stories revealed the drugs and gambling issues in the Dept from the past, and were always interesting and hard to believe. What a character.
Opie left Kwaj and is a chief in Nevada, He left a year and a half ago. Vern left a month or so ago. Not sure who the chief is on Roi, but I can tell you its the same guy who's been there for 15 years. (Never met the him).
Was told today that there is a need for more FF's on Island from the current Fire Chief. I was asked to promote the positions to help fill staffing. The contracts have changed. EMT's with FFII, HAZ tech, and ARFF will get a bigger contract dollar ammount, 12.50 or so. When your application is reviewed by the department, they will work with HR to get you the highest salary for your certs, including officers training etc. Without the listed certs the base firefighter pay with ARFF is 10.50, but increases 3 or 4 times a year, excluding merit raises w/ full medical, dental and 401K. Even more enticing, the new contracts are for 1 year. The 2 year contracts have been done away with (unless your set on being there for 24 mo).
You will be assigned on A or B shift. Each shift works a 48 on, 48 off totaling a 72 hour work week. With definite overtime. Firefighters sleep at the station during your 48 hr shift. Your off duty life, the company provides you with room and board. Meals are also provided, but are served at a dining facility. (its not awesome food at all). Subway, and an Anthony's pizza just put in recently. More upgrades on Island are coming soon. AAFEES is one of the bigger mods. Which is great, AAFEES will ship out to the Island free. There is a few stores to buy groceries at as well. So you can still get steak, fresh fruit, alcohol, veggies etc.
My experience; its slow island life, work involves training and a lot of alarm activations. We have 911 dispatching done in the station by the firefighters. At times work is busy and cabin fever can distract you from how nice this place is. If your active, like swimming, diving, site seeing, surfing, boating, big game fishing, tennis, racquet ball, then great its here. The leisurely activities are why most people go. I surf and the breaks out there are great. So, I'm going back. Not a career department, but a good way to save money, with potential to gross 75k a year tax free.
2 weeks paid vacation a year. The company pays for your travel on and off island.
The department is short staffed so the crews are making lots of money on Over Time. Some people have called the station wanting to know what the job and the island is like. Some of the firefighters will tell you whatever they have to to prevent you from applying just so they can keep the OT. Its not a hell hole, but its a far cry from perfect. There are some sacrifices to contract firefighting. If you want a whole slew of calls throughout the day/night probably not the best place. But as far as R&R goes, its a good lifestyle for the pay. People aren't shooting at you just for being there.
So, 10 spots need to be filled. Send a reply to me if your interested in the position. I will respond. I'm expected to be on Island in a few days, they are fast-tracking people to fill the shortages.
Basic hiring requirements:
IFSAC or DOD fire certs. (IFSAC will be granted reciprocity).
Any Marshallese FF's left? I remember when they went to Texax A&M for training. My guess would be maybe Ronnie Debrum. I think Cappelle left, as well as the others, Lemari, etc.
I left Roi 10 years ago, I am sure it has changed alot. I remember days of going to work, checking out truck, go to chow, come back and sleep until lunch and then do it all over again.
Going out to Navy boats PU sick & injured people. Bring in others from distant islands with serious accidents. Delivered all those babies! Fishing, diving, the sunrise and sunset, it was quite the place...
I heard old Byron White (you wanna beef bruda?) went to las Vegas.
Slatton, Brown, Midkiff(married a girl from pohnepie), Shane Walker, Ranger, Coomes, Killiam, Jay Kilborn, Chick? Phil Welch, the Capt who married a Marshallese and moved to Majoro. Fred from altair. Before Leverret retired from the AF and came over. When Chris Gale did training (MIA on the forums, Chief G!), when OP was a Capt. Richards Brooks who worked so hard to get the club built.
The old Doc at Roi retired from being a WWII Corpsman who took care of anything and everything at the Nurses office for years, in his matching polyester suits! Watching the mail bags come off the plane and wonder if you got anything. Looking forward to fresh fruit and newspapers once a week....
Anyone have an e-mail for the hiring Chief or the best person to contact to send a resume?
Anyone have contact information for the hiring Chief or whoever a resume needs to go to? Thanks!
For those planning on going to Kwaj, do it. As mentioned in this post, it is a great break from life and you can obtain your certs and finish your degree. Besides the recreational activities, it is a nice comfortable life. Just get used to the frequent rain showers and the bike ride to work. For those that golf, this is a great way to get your game down. You can play the front nine on Kwaj and the back nine at Roi, that is if you can make the flight to Roi.
Even though you may suffer from cabin fever from time to time, take the opportunity to get out to the other islands. If you go to Ponehpei, stay at the Village hotel and order a Bloody Mary, it is the best in the world.
Really, MIA?????? I should write more often then.....
Could you please contact me via my email address to discuss Chief Fire Officer billet openings where you are stationed. Thank you in advance for your time.
To anyone applying, thank you for your patience. HR in Huntsville Alabama seems to be slow to hire anyone at the moment. Which is partly why Im posting this "blog" if you will. Its not the Island, they really need us. The company is having budget issues. If you applied within the last several months, I can only say keep hanging on. October 1, the budget for 2009 is renewed and HR can begin to hire people without needing managers to scream at them for people. Trust me, running a department with 11 short members can be stressful for any officer. Even more so for those on the line working until your head explodes.
I'm looking at all the emails and responding to everyone as they come along. So, keep me posted with your training/certs. Just need ARFF and FFI or FFII IFSAC Proboard, or DOD.
Anyone who is dealing with slow movement on your paperwork send me a message about it. I will review it and forward it to someone who can help.
And, thanks Roi Rats for the other posts about the Island. Its unlike living and working anywhere else in the world. And You can get far in your careers after being here. College wise, and with the Professional Certifications you will acquire. Not to mention learning how to reel in a big game fish, etc. The Marshallese chicks dig guys who know how to fish. LOL.
A Hot Shower, Some Fresh Fish And A Bag Of Kit-kat Assures Some Female Company Thruout The Night. Just Make Sure The Marshallese Guard At The Marina Gets His Bottle Of Cj Or Vodka And Everthing Is Ok!
I turned my application in to KRS about mid september 08, thats after my phone interview with the AC. Have not heard anything as of lately, should I keep waiting till oct?
Several positions are open for both EMT and Firefighter. Positions are open at both islands, but mainly on Kwaj. If anyone wants to know, Blain is still on Roi, Opie left a bit ago, Steve Scruton is the Fire Chief. I work on Roi, love it.
[QUOTE=devildog4;987026]Any Marshallese FF's left? I remember when they went to Texax A&M for training. My guess would be maybe Ronnie Debrum. I think Cappelle left, as well as the others, Lemari, etc.
Ronni Debrum is on Kwaj now working as a FF. The other FF is Geddidi Loran. He used to work in prevention, went to Texas for his FF. So, we have a few Marshallese Firefighters.
Bob Barker. No brainer. haha. Whats up. Im on Kwaj now. Got a guy coming out on Continental today. Should hang around Kwaj for the next couple days then fly up to Roi. We may end up keeping him though. Just so you can keep the OT, and I can go surf.
Finally some guys who are CURRENTLY there rather than this old nostalgia stuff.
Alright fellas, I've heard both ways on this, now maybe y'all can give me the straight scoop.
Is ARFF a requirement or not?
Nick.....Married life is better when youa are away for a while...lol. No...send him up, sooner the better. I like OT but I do have my limits. Firezapper, ARFF was a requirement, but in the last job info on the company ARFF is desired not required. Roi needs EMT's who is willing to take charge of PT care.
I get asked if ARFF is a requirement all the time. The answer is yes. This changed a few years ago after the military conducted an audit. Its required for the airfield, and the station is mainly here due to the fact.