Deputy Chief Training - Fire
A topic in my field that I'm excited about right now is one that I'm not ashamed to say, I'm leading on, sorry if that sounds cocky, but there it is. Specifically, I'm excited about forwarding the idea of hiring for character. We don't and the firestorms, we say that we do but we don't, we have created a situation where candidates show up with the same resume, the same certifications, the same amount of volunteer time and and we tell them, The job is won or lost in the interview room, then we sit them down the inner in the interview chair and we ask them these mundane questions. Like where do you see yourself in 5 years or tell us about yourself that? You know, the kind of questions that a 15 year old gets when they get their first fry cook job and then by not asking them the kinds of questions that would have them deeply reveal their character. We end up with problems. They fail out of fire academies or worse, they pass and now they create. As a long-term problem for a fire department, we need to change the interview construct in the fire service. We need to be changing the style of interview questions, changing the timing of it having candidates. Not worry so much about how fluffy their resume is the the interview needs to be leaned on very, very heavily. It currently isn't. I think if we start letting candidates reveal their true character, will find far more success.