I never would have imagined leaving my current position as an
I’ve always loved working with computers, ever since my grandpa introduced me to them as a kid. My Bachelor’s of Science degree is in Computer Information Systems. For the last 5-1/2 years – to the day – I’ve worked for the Findlay Publishing Company. The company owns The Courier, a web design company, a print shop, another newspaper, and multiple radio stations in two different states. I’ve worked with some awesome people and couldn’t have asked for a better boss.
The only other job I’ve ever had that I enjoyed more was as a YMCA camp counselor during high school. But I got to be a kid and play outside most of the time, so there’s really no comparison there! I hadn’t even considered looking for another job. So how’d I
It Started with the Volunteer Fire Department
A few years ago I crossed paths with a guy I went to high school with that I hadn’t talked to in a long time. We talked for a while about what’s been going on and all the normal catching up stuff. He said he was on our village’s fire department. Of course I knew we had one, but that’s all I had ever really thought about it. I was immediately intrigued.
Almost three years ago to the day, I attended my first meeting with Rawson Volunteer Fire department (VFD). The requirement is to attend three business meetings before a vote is taken to see if you are accepted on the department or not. I got accepted. After joining, I went to a 36-hour volunteer firefighter training course in May 2016. I was loving it.
Almost three years ago to the day, I attended my first meeting with Rawson Volunteer Fire department (VFD). The requirement is to attend three business meetings before a vote is taken to see if you are accepted on the department or not. I was voted on in March, 2016. After joining, I went to a 36-hour volunteer firefighter training course in May 2016. I was loving it.
The more I was doing and learning, the more I realized how much I enjoyed it. During the
From Volunteer to Full-Time
The process was long but well worth it. Part of the application was taking a civil service test. I wasn’t sure about this because it sounded like a lot of the material it covered I hadn’t looked at since high school. Once I took the exam I had to wait and find out about the results. Then I received the letter I had passed the civil service exam and was invited to participate in the physical agility test. Yes, I made it to the next step!
I would say I’m in decent shape, but the physical agility test wouldn’t be easy. We had 10 minutes to complete a number of obstacles to simulate what we would be doing on the job. It was definitely a challenge. As soon as I finished I was given my time and knew I passed.
That was only part of it. I wouldn’t find out what position I was in until everyone else was done. So I waited again. I received the letter saying I passed and would be moving on to the interview stage. Being an introvert, I was a little nervous but hoping it went well. Another step done!
So then I waited again. This time it seemed like forever. I’m sure it didn’t help I was quite anxious to find out the results. After what seemed like an eternity, I got a call from the Chief. He offered me a job! I couldn’t believe it and I almost didn’t know what to say. Of course I’ll accept!
There will be a lot of training and continuous learning for me to do, but I’m looking forward to it. I will continue with our volunteer department as I have been, but now I get to do it as my day job as well! As sad as I am to leave my current job, I really do think this is what I’m meant to do. I’m stoked beyond belief and can’t wait to get started!
I’m also going to be working out more and continually getting in better shape. I’ll share my progress on Geoffrey.Gets.Fit on Instagram. Here’s what I’ve been doing recently: