I am 20 years old and I am deciding whether to have a career with a fire dept. in south or central florida or become a manager at a huge grocery chain called Publix. I went through the fire academy already but failed the state test.... I loved every second of it and would be willing to take it again but many people tell me its very hard to get a job in south florida. That is a big reason why I am considering staying with Publix since I have been there for 4 years now and I already passed the managers test. I am getting very sick of how Publix treats its employees (the ones who work get s*** on and it you kiss a** your fine). The great thing about Publix though is how much money you can make including their stock and you have many job opportunities. Is the fire house just like Publix where if you an a** kissser you get ahead? I mean I'm sure it happens from time to time but does it happen a lot? One other question I have is how are the raises once you get onto a fire dept in florida? Any input you guys could give would be appreciated. Thx.