"Did he really say that?"
This morning, as I was getting off shift, I was talking to a couple of the guys that had come on shift today. We got to talking about promotions and such. Our last promotional process left many scratching their heads over who was promoted. Anyway, I was asked if I thought I should be the next person promoted. I, of course, said yes.
Then, here is where I got a little confused. The guy questioning me ten said: besides these training classes and certifications you have that are over and above for this position (and he mentioned a handful of these classes), and besides your college degree which you aren't required to have...what makes you the best man to be promoted next?
I had to then ask him if he was serious. He said he was. As I truly believe, having certifications and such do not alone make anyone better than anyone else. But, what I know about myself is it means I have worked my butt off to get these certifications and education. They also are not just pieces of paper,I use this training daily. I am continuously looking for ways to better myself, so I can better serve my FD and the citizens. He followed it up with "so and so" knows their job, even if they can't pass these classes. To which I replied that I also know my job.
Is this a common theme out there amongst fire departments? That you shouldn't know how to do anything but fight fire to get promoted or to get ahead? Is mediocrity routinely rewarded or are we just an isolated case (I hope it's the latter).
Take care everyone and be safe!