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    Default 25 Reasons not to hire you as a Firefighter

    The department I work for handed us a sheet with this list before we interviewed. This is the second career department I've worked for so this list seems to be the norm.

    "...a candidate competing to become a firefighter needs to be aware of some of the reasons that can eliminate them from the process."

    "The intent [of this list] is to have you open your eyes to reality and learn form mistakes that other candidates have made."

    1. Arriving late to any appointment in the process.
    2. Failure to follow instructions.
    3. Poor physical conditioning.
    4. Poor listening skills.
    5. Inability to express yourself clearly; poor grammar, or language skills.
    6. Lack of planning for your career. Nor purpose or goals.
    7. Interest only in wage or benefit package.
    8. Poor driving history.
    9. Poor scholastic record.
    10. Wanting the position for a short time; no real interest in the fire service.
    11. Poor oral communication skills.
    12. Poor personal appearance.
    13. Lack of maturity.
    14. Poor written communication skills.
    15. Arrest or conviction record.
    16. Excessive drug or alcohol use or history.
    17. Lack of confidence; poise; or ill at ease or overly nervous.
    18. Lack of interest or enthusiasm, passive, or indifferent.
    19. Inability to provide required documents.
    20. Failure to keep up with required certifications.
    21. History of inability to get along with others.
    22. History of making poor judgment and/or decisions.
    23. Poor employment history.
    24. Do not appear to fit into the culture of the organization.
    25. Failed to make a good first impression.

    The sheet closes with "Some, if not all of the above reasons can also be reasons for termination during the academy or during probation."

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    Great list, thanks for sharing.

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    This is a really good reference tool. Thanks!

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    Default PTSD/Psych medications

    Quote Originally Posted by agavegrove View Post
    The department I work for handed us a sheet with this list before we interviewed. This is the second career department I've worked for so this list seems to be the norm.

    "...a candidate competing to become a firefighter needs to be aware of some of the reasons that can eliminate them from the process."

    "The intent [of this list] is to have you open your eyes to reality and learn form mistakes that other candidates have made."

    1. Arriving late to any appointment in the process.
    2. Failure to follow instructions.
    3. Poor physical conditioning.
    4. Poor listening skills.
    5. Inability to express yourself clearly; poor grammar, or language skills.
    6. Lack of planning for your career. Nor purpose or goals.
    7. Interest only in wage or benefit package.
    8. Poor driving history.
    9. Poor scholastic record.
    10. Wanting the position for a short time; no real interest in the fire service.
    11. Poor oral communication skills.
    12. Poor personal appearance.
    13. Lack of maturity.
    14. Poor written communication skills.
    15. Arrest or conviction record.
    16. Excessive drug or alcohol use or history.
    17. Lack of confidence; poise; or ill at ease or overly nervous.
    18. Lack of interest or enthusiasm, passive, or indifferent.
    19. Inability to provide required documents.
    20. Failure to keep up with required certifications.
    21. History of inability to get along with others.
    22. History of making poor judgment and/or decisions.
    23. Poor employment history.
    24. Do not appear to fit into the culture of the organization.
    25. Failed to make a good first impression.

    The sheet closes with "Some, if not all of the above reasons can also be reasons for termination during the academy or during probation."
    Hello I'm Paul Guevara and I'm from Alexandria, VA.I have a question regarding an issue with my recent disqualification from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue. I served in the Marine Corps as an 0311 Infantryman for 4 years and got out in 2006 after serving 2 tours in Iraq. Upon returning home, I was diagnosed with PTSD and taking psychiatric medications. I tried out for Fairfax County Fire and Rescue in Virginia. I Passed the written and the CPAT and when I got to my medical exam, they disqualified me due to my PTSD and psychiatric medications mostly for mood stabilization and for sleep. All they gave me was a disqualification letter and sent me on my way! I was very upset. I spent 7 months in the process attending the CPAT Practices and waiting around for calls for the next step in the process. All I had was the polygraph left to be done. I even had a slot in the next Fire Academy (granted I passed the medical exam). I'm wondering if the PTSD/ psych medicine disqualification is different for each County or is it a nationwide Fire Department SOP that those are disqualifiers? If you would give me some insight I would greatly appreciate it. Something is telling me to try out other counties but I want to know if it's worth it only for a possible disqualification again in the end. I won't be off the meds anytime soon but I still have a strong desire to be a firefighter. I'm only 25 years old so I'm still very young and I won't be on the medication forever. Is this thing one of those where you have to keep a secret from the occupational health center or was it a good idea that I told them about my condition anyway? Thanks guys I greatly appreciate it!

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