Fire service no place for racial wars
This small town in Mississippi has 3 paid firefighters. The rest are volunteer firefighters. We have a rare opening for firefighter and to make it short, it has turned into a racial thing.
The department has always been allowed to make its recomendation and has done so this time. We have several applicants with only 2 of them having any fire service experience or training at all. One of those 2 already has the state mandated certifications plus numerous other certifications.(He is presently employed as a Seargent for a much larger all paid department)
Now, we work 24 on 48 off. One man on duty per shift. This one paid firefighter per shift as you can imagine has a tremendous responsibility and must be able to handle the job his first day at work. With no other persons on duty to train with knowing the job the first day is a must.
What makes me sick is, the black people of this and surrounding communities believe regardless of qualifications, a black man should be hired for the job. I would be opposed to hiring an unqualified man for the job regardless of color.
The fire service is no place for a racial war. Emergencies have no color. Any opinions?