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Capt. Bob, or anyone who has experience in this area...could you please assist me with a problem that I have been experiencing? I am currently a firefighter/paramedic for a large dept. here in So. Cal however, I am about to finish up probation, and have used this dept. for a stepping stone to hire into the dept that I want to retire from.

Honestly I cannot foresee myself retiring from my present department, for several key reasons. The problem is that I am not sure of what to tell the panel on the board as to the reason I want to leave this dept. to come to theirs. I put a favorable light on the dept. but it always comes off sounding negative...I feel it has to in order to make the new dept. sound better, without using the clone answers.Your help is truly appreciated. Thanks Brothers.

Author: Fellow Brother
Subject: Same situation

I am in the same situation as you are. I went about this
answer from many directions with the thought of what
might the oral board like to hear; Then I realized the best
way to answer this question was to answer it honestly.
That is, be up front and tell the board that you are doing
this because it benefits both you, and your family. Don't
give the oral board the answer you think they want to hear, their smarter than that and will see right through you. Give the real honest answer thet's unique to you. Good luck...

Captain Bob's Answer:

Use your current department as a positive not a stepping stone. The message you want to convey to the oral board is your goal has been to work for this department. Everything you have done up to today has prepared you for this opportunity. Your current department enabled you to get to the next level in your career. You were able to use your education and training to gain the much needed experience to improve your skill level to be a more qualified candidate for their department.

Absolutely nothing counts 'til you have the badge. Nothing!

"Captain Bob"

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