Originally Posted by Ruckus
I take offense at your suggestion of automatic nepotism in a department. I myself am the son of a Chief, and I have served as a Firefighter and Deputy Chief on our small town department, and I know a lot of other firefighters in Command positions on departments where their fathers or other relatives serve who are the best qualified for the job.
hall_i_gan's point appears to be more of the case of a city career firefighter coming in to a small town volunteer department and trying to run it like a city department.
Neither of you managed to word your points completely succinctly or tactfully, but hall_i_gan came a lot closer.
Who said anything about him being a "city career firefighter"? Lets use that example.If..and if is a big word a career guy decided to two hat I don't imagine he would walk into the local volly hall bigshotting.
Believe it or not I do talk talk to POC guys and have a great deal of respect for most of them.Nepotism or not, most of the complaints I have heard about this are from POCs about others going from one POC dept to another and then feel as though they need to posture for acceptance.i know now more than ever the movement on the career side is unprecedented. It seems like a 30 year man is going the way of the petch coat.When a guy goes from one municipality to the next in most cases they just go and fly under the radar and work with the new dept as if they had never been on the job.
I will agree nepotism is also going away and POC depts are looking at outside ppl for chief officer positions,as they do on our side.They may come from somewhere else,should that negate their expierience or knowledge base just because they worked/volunteered elsewhere? If a guy/gal knocks on your door and has experience why wouldn't you take a chance on them if their experience and references checkout. After an abridged training/probation period they should at least be given the chance to contribute.