Hey Fellow Brothers and Sisters,
I am just wondering everyones thought on this subject. Here is my senario, I just took the Fire Engineers exam for the 2nd time. The first time I was #6 out of #7 and was told I need to be more involved in our Department, so I became very involved with powerpoint presentations on engine systems that were new to our dept and a water tender PPT that was to be used for certification process and now working on one for our OES units. so I went into the process which included and written, outside orals, fire simulator (Acting Captain), Practical (Pumping and Driving) and inside orals. I did well but our department weighs heavy on education (extra credit points for having a Bachelors, AS and Fire Officers). I do not have a California Officers Certificate or a Fire Science Degreeor Bachelors (In progress but not finished). This year I finished #8 out of #9 (Frustrating) and was told that because of education it held me back, so school here I come. I have 12 years experience as a full-time firefighter but have been in the field for 17 years. I know I am ready and I feel I will bring more to the position than the others which were first-timers. I am old school and know education is the way to the future but I chose experience and lets say field smarts to get me where I am and when I went to the academy in 1991 you did not walk out of there with all these State Cert's. I am 37 a family man not young and single and it is hard, but can be done. How does everyone else feel about this issue? I am very driven and will make corrections as I learn this process and will do what it takes, but because I am missing some piece of paper should that hold me back?
Driven Engineer Canidate