If you’ve been in the fire service long enough, you probably remember when firefighters with a trade skill were highly valued.
These were the guys who came into the job knowing things like engine repair, or electrical, or even plumbing.
But these days, it seems those skills are not valued much anymore.
Now, hiring and promotion are based largely on test scores and education.
How did we get here? And is this okay? Or are we missing something?
My guest to discuss this today is Chad Costa. He’s a battalion chief with the City of Petaluma, California Fire Department.
He has two decades in the fire service, and he’s worked in some pretty diverse situations, from a rural department to a city as well as CAL FIRE.
Chad is the technology and communications battalion chief and a division group supervisor on California Interagency Team 5.
Chad’s article: Why did we stop hiring and promoting the ‘workers’ among us?
Article: Hiring for character