08/29/09 140 W - + 8 - 16 Which Department to Work For?

The blogger FireCritic has posted an interesting list of Top Ten Considerations on Which Department to Work For. He offers on comment on each, which are recruit school and training, salary, median age of employees, department history on layoffs, city paid benefits, staffing / stations / apparatus, contracts / union / arbitration, health insurance, disability retirement, and retirement pension. In the comments of the post, the blogger Joe Schmoe adds his two cents, with his own recommendations for prospective firefighters. Notably, he suggests taking the first job that you are offered. Then, identify three to five goal departments, based on criteria. And, if you never reach your goal department, you're still working in the fire service. Which is better than not, no? What would our readers add or subtract, for job seekers in the Carolinas? Read the FireCritic posting.

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