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    Question Application rejected due to relative working for the department

    The written and physical part of the hiring process is tommorow. I got a call today telling me I was not eligible to apply for the job with the fire department because I had a relative that was on the department. They then told me that if I wanted to I could still come test but would not be able to be hired. I thought it was just a joke at first but apparently its in there city guidelines. Is this common? Should I have just lied on my application and said I had no relatives that worked for the city? I have A few certifications and even my FFI. So I would have been in the running if I passed my written and physical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wade888 View Post
    The written and physical part of the hiring process is tommorow. I got a call today telling me I was not eligible to apply for the job with the fire department because I had a relative that was on the department. They then told me that if I wanted to I could still come test but would not be able to be hired. I thought it was just a joke at first but apparently its in there city guidelines. Is this common? Should I have just lied on my application and said I had no relatives that worked for the city? I have A few certifications and even my FFI. So I would have been in the running if I passed my written and physical.
    My department has a similar policy in place. I definitely would not lie about such a thing on an application. I have heard a story of a recruit who had made it through a portion of the academy when the department found out they had a relative on the job. Unfortunately, the recruit was let go because of it.

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    That's insane. We have brothers, father/son(s), and have twice had husband/wife working in our department. They never worked in the same battalion, and generally not on the same shift. And they never supervised one another.

    What size department are we talking about?
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    Our city used to do that. I'm not sure if it was an actual policy or just the fire administration. Now it doesn't matter at all. Maybe you should stop by the mayors office and ask why. You probably still won't be eligible but maybe putting a bug in his ear could get things changed for the next hire.
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    I have worked with a Department who had soooo many relatives just about everyone was related. I now work for a Department where the same applies. However,the town next to us has the policy that you can not work for them if you are related. Their Fire Chief has a son in-law who tested for their Department and was told that he could not be hired. He is now one of our best Firefighters. It's their loss our gain.
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