ROGERSVILLE, Mo — Departments from across the region got a look at candidates physical skills and more.
Firefighters hoping to land a job underwent testing to prove their worth for potential employers on Saturday.
The Tri-State Fire Recruitment Alliance helps fire districts from around the region identify suitable candidates to join their departments.
Firefighters have one of the most important, yet dangerous jobs out there.
The search for skilled employees can be tough, but with tri-state testing taking place at Logan-Rogersville Middle School, departments saw everything they needed.
In what could be considered a job fair of sorts, Logan-Rogersville Deputy Fire Chief Travis Trent says Tri-State Fire Alliance testing has simplified the process for finding good candidates.
“It’s kind of your one-stop shop: Take one test for 14 different departments,” says Trent. “Years ago we would all have to do our own individual tests. It was an administration and logistical nightmare. This does all of our job performance requirements, and it works out real well.”
There are two parts to the testing: A written test that contains some math, mechanical knowledge, and a personality test to determine how well that person may mesh with an existing crew.
“It’s all a video based test, it is a little different. When we get the results on the personality side, it’s pretty right on. It picks that person out pretty well so we know if they are going to fit into our department and our culture,” Trent explains.
There is also a physical portion of the test. Candidates put a variety of firefighting skills on display.
“Reeling hoses, lifting ladders, forcible entry, carrying equipment out of the apparatus, going up and down stairs, and the loud noise you hear behind us is the ceiling breaching prop,” Trent says”It simulates pulling the ceilings down to look for additional fires.”
To be considered for employment, applicants must finish within a time-limit 5 minutes and 29 seconds. After testing, the decisions lie in the hands of fire departments.
“They are on the list for about a year, and all the different departments in the alliance have the ability to hire off that list. When they send an application in for hire, we have a better idea of who we are talking with,” explains Trent.
Candidates pay for their own application fees, which cover administration costs of the written tests, as well as some of the equipment for the physical test.