thanks for all the help guys
thanks for all the help guys
also not sure if this is in the right section, sorry.
I am by no means an expert so this is just a matter of what I have seen and heard in the fire service hiring process.
Fire Departments do very extensive background checks. Any criminal infraction can usually be found as there is a paper trail. Regardless of whether you plead guilty, were found guilty or charges were dropped – it looks bad. These could be traffic tickets, dui/dwai, drug issues, misdemeanor charges or felonies etc. Many departments will not hire anyone with a felony conviction but I noticed you said your charge will be dropped so I am not sure how they will look at that.
The biggest thing that can help you is to maintain a clean record and put distance (time) between those incidents. No one is perfect. People do make mistakes. The issue departments run into is one of responsibility and liability. If you cannot be responsible in your personal life than how can you responsible as a public servant? Can you be trusted when you are inside a citizens home or business? Will you continue to make the same choices as you made before?
I know you cannot stereotype everyone into the same category but there are studies to support this line of thinking. If you had the exact same qualifications as someone else but they had a clean record and you didn’t, it would be an easy decision for the department to make.
If you happen to get into a hiring process with a department make sure you are completely honest about why you were charged, what is was for and what you have done to change your behavior. If the issue was for instance, several years back, then it would be easier to explain that you learned your lesson and are a different person.
I don’t think you getting a job in the fire service will be impossible but it will definitely be much harder now that you have a record. Unfortunately what’s done is done and you have to live with it. Keeping a clean record and putting time between you and those issues is key. If you really want the job then keep at it. Keep your certifications current, keep taking classes at college and keep testing.
Once again this is just my opinion from what I have seen and heard from the background process.
Ok, I agree the honesty and ya it just sucks a dumb mistake can ruin a persons whole life, ill keep at it and just have to get a lot more certs than normal and maybe do some volunteer work or something for experience, thanks and id appreciate more answers as well.
Do you mind listing every thing you have been
1. Arrested for and what level of crime misdemeanor/ felony
2. Convicted of
3. What are you on probation for?
4. What state are you in?
If you have a felony, more than likely you will have a hard time getting hired
If you are on probation, YOU have been CONVICTED.
You can check different city web sites some will tell you what thier disqualifiers are and also you can call and they might tell you what the disqualifiers are.
Sometimes they will say after so many years from an incident you can apply
Suggestion stay out of any trouble
I am not on probation anymore
Normaly depending on the state you either plead guilty or no contest and the sentence is deferred adjudication
Yes if you stay out of trouble it ends and sometimes the charges go away
You can cal the city attorney and maybe they can explain it
For your state
Just read very carefully how the questions on the application read!!!!
Ours read have you "ever" been convicted
all were in a different state, im ok now though thanks guys
You have an uphill battle.
It's going to be really hard to get hired for you. I'd suggest picking a different career path that you put your efforts towards and use the fire department as more of a hobby. Take the tests that you can. Interview. If it works out, awesome. If not, at least you'll have a career doing something else.
The deck is stacked against you.
Whatever you decide to do, best of luck.
We do out of state checks
And there are paid private Internet checks that pull all kinds of stuff up
You might just go through the process at a few places and see what happens
thousands of people applying for the career, they can be picky and with that said you may want to consider a different career. I know of a handful of colorado fire departments that will not hire you within 10 years of a DUI
ok thanks a lot guys
ok should be good to go! didnt know I had to turn it on thanks!
Just wanted to update and let everyone know I did recently get the call and was offered a firefighter/emt position with a small department in my hometown and I will be taking it, so just a word of advice to everyone else, keep trying no matter what, you may get hired, it might not be your first choice of place to work but its still a firefighter job, im not gonna be getting paid what id like but my foot is in the door and I can always advance, were not in this career for the money anyway, but just keep trying no matter what if you really want this job.