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Fire Management: Selecting Firefighter Candidates: Taking the Longer View

By Jeremy Mitchell My fire department is hiring. In that sense, we're a little unusual these days. In the course of our hiring process, though, we've changed a few things which have caused some members of our organization to question what we do and how we do it. There is some worry that by changing our hiring standards we are losing our ability to bring aboard people who fit the traditional definition of "firefighter." It wouldn't be fair to say that we have some members who believe that all it should take to be hired is a strong back and a willingness to follow orders, but I think that across our industry, we're seeing mistrust and fear resulting from progressive administrators...

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