Quite conveniently for you, many hiring fire departments look closely at prospective hires’ social media sites in a bid to ascertain character and suitability for a judgment-oriented career in public safety.
Social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook not only allow you to highlight the good work that the fire department is doing in the community, but also lets you actively promote those events and initiatives.
What do fire departments look for in a background check?
Typically, a firefighter background check will include a criminal history search, an employment verification check, and a drug test. Some departments only check local criminal records, while others pull records from state or national sources.
Social media presents fire departments an opportunity that they’ve never had before: The ability to communicate directly with the public. “Fire departments are finding ways they can use Twitter and Facebook and the Internet to talk directly to the people they serve,” Varone said.
Do firefighters have trackers?
Firefighter tracking systems are a vital part of first responder safety. They help Incident Commanders to monitor the whereabouts of their fire and EMS crews and are vital for making emergency management decisions.
Is the fire service hard to get into?
It’s really difficult to become a firefighter. A constant story from many firefighters is that it can take many attempts before you’re successful. You need to find out when the fire service you’re considering to apply to is likely to have its next recruitment period.
Do firefighters take polygraph tests?
Most fire departments don’t actually take polygraph/CVSA tests seriously. They are strictly used as a tool to deny a candidate they may not want.
Can you join Fire Service with criminal record?
Many people are worried that a past brush with the law could have an impact on their career as a Firefighter. However, having a criminal record will not necessarily bar you from becoming a firefighter. If you have a criminal record, and unspent convictions, you will have to declare this during the application process.
They can vary considerably between individuals,” she says. Some firefighters may have little opportunity to spend quality time with their family and friends, limiting their opportunities to gain social support.
Do all firefighters drive the truck?
Not all firefighters have to drive the fire truck. The driver engineer or driver operator is mainly responsible for driving, pumping, and maintaining the fire truck or engine. Other firefighters may drive sometimes as an “Acting Driver” when staffing requires it.
How do I find out where a fire truck is going?
The next time a fire engine passes by with sirens blazing, you can flip on your computer and figure out what’s going on. That’s one main feature of the city fire union’s new website, NewHavenFirefighter.org.
Do fire trucks have GPS?
GPS tracking for firefighters and firetrucks is somewhat new, but it’s proving to be highly beneficial, both in getting crews to the fire more quickly, and in keeping them safe and effective while on the scene.