just wondering about the day everyone was hired and what kind of feelings they had and what kind of anticipation you had....I am still waiting for that call! I can not imagine what it will be like...stay safe brothers!
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07-13-2000, 12:03 PM #1FireRebelFirehouse.com Guest
07-15-2000, 09:02 PM #2Quint1MedicFirehouse.com Guest
I could spot the envelopes from the city in my mailbox from halfway across my yard! I got hired at the end of 1997. There was an unexpected glitch, because my department never changed their vision requirements in writing, and I'm blind as a bat, so they tried to flunk me on my preemployment physical. People in the office started telling me I might not get the job after all, and I was scrambling around for info about the ADA and other departments' vision policies.
It was really exciting to have gotten as far as I had, but it was a tough holiday season...you know, all those family gatherings where everyone wants to know what you're up to? I had no idea what to tell them! To make it more fun, I worked at a hospital fulltime - I was in transportation, so I knew people all over. Somehow they all knew I'd applied to the FD, and I couldn't walk down the hall without everyone from X-ray techs to medics in the ER asking when I was leaving, only I didn't know if I was ever going to!!
The funny thing was, nobody ever called me to tell me the vision issue was resolved. I just came home one day and found an envelope with a "Welcome to the Richmond Department of Fire and Emergency Services!" letter in my mailbox. I sat and stared at it for a while, then started making phone calls. I still have every letter I got during the process, including the original ad from the newspaper
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