Many aspiring firefighters live together with their friends to cut
down on expenses and help pay for their education (paramedic, etc.)
We recently conducted a prep class in which an opening occurred and we called
the first person on the waiting list. The message on the phone was "you have
reached the house of Tim, Jim and Steve, we are unable to answer the phone
because we are sitting around drinking beer and doing shots of Crown royal.
Leave your name and number and where we met you and how drunk we were when we
It might seem funny but, if that message was on the phone when a department
called to bring you in for an oral interview or even a job offer what do you
think the officer would do !!! That also goes for cell phone messages.
Don McNea Fire School
Captain Bob: Almost everything you do in trying to become a firefighter will
make and impression. Good or bad. Since we return many calls we often
It begins with loud rap or other offensive (to me and those who do the hiring)
music. Then, a duet of how cool they are and using up the entire time the
system will allow them to let you know how they’re not available. Pressing the
star or pound keys does not let you bypass the message. It almost sounds like a
demo tape auditioning for a recording contract.
Or, mom’s voice giving instructions on what number to press to leave a message
for the wonder child.
How about no message at all? Just the long beeb. Or this: I’m so uninterested
in life, hung over, depressed, life seems to owe me something-----Hey, leave a
message. Or, you or one of your partners in crime picking up the phone with no
polite greeting, just YEA.
The power has gone off at some time and the message is the electronic default
generic I don’t know if I have the right number.
How about this one? You call and this security sounding voice announces that it
doesn’t recognize your number, could you speak your name so we can verify who
you are. After what seems like an eternity it comes back stating we are trying
to locate your party or states we don’t recognize your information and hangs
up. Is this guy with the CIA or in the witness protection program? Oh, yea,
that’s the anal guy we want to hire. Just because you paranoid doesn’t mean
they’re not after you.
“Nothing counts ‘til you have the badge . . .
Fire "Captain Bob"
Author, book Becoming A Firefighter--The Complete Guide to Your Badge!
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