Hi everyone. I just thought I’d check in. Boy have I been busy.
The California wildfires have been indirectly keeping my very busy. I work as a part-firefighter with Central F.D. of Santa Cruz county. Whenever there is a vacant position they call me to staff that shift. So when our dept sends strike teams out of the district to the wildfires I get lots of opportunities to pick up overtime shifts at our home stations.
I have not actually gone to any of the wildfires around the state. But when I take these “overtime” shifts I get to work in the same capacity as a full-time (city) firefighter and I am really doing what I love. I feel like with all the time I have spent working shifts lately, I am really hitting my stride too. I am feeling more comfortable, confident, and I am learning a ton. The money is good, but he experience is priceless. This morning I got off of another 48 hour shift.
The fact that our full-time firefighters love (and need) their summer vacations after coming home from those fires also keeps me busy. The CA wildfires really started to blow up the day I finished my mom’s sewing table (glad I got that done). In the week after I finished that project I worked 110 hours for the department and two normal days at my retail job (the tool store). Thats about how my schedule has been going ever since.
But every time I take a shift at with the department, I trade a day with someone at the tool store. So I think I have given up weekends for about the next eight years. I don’t even remember my last day off.
Me at a live burn training on a controlled burn at Soquel High School:
Live structure burn training during my academy:
(I’m on the left)
In other news (several of you have been asking me for updates on this) I tested with San Jose fire dept. for a full time firefighter EMT position. So did five or six thousand other people, which is typical for big city tests. They narrow it down at each step of the way. First is the application process, then the written test, then the physical agility test, then the panel interview, then wait and wait and wait.
Anyway, I got my results back from my interview and looks like I did ok. The three categories are ”marginally competitive, competitive, and highly competitive. They placed me in the “highly competitive” category of the “qualified candidate pool.” So now I wait some more. It’s a pretty exciting process and I’m still stoked to be in the running. Next step would be a Chief’s interview, polygraph, background check and hopefully an academy.
I’ll let you know how it goes, but these testing processes tend to take many months or even years. Its a long trail to get hired in this line of business but I’ve learned to be patient. I’ve been a volunteer firefighter since I was 18 in the year 2000.
So not much time for woodworking, or Lumberjocks lately. But I’m still here. If I get hired full time I’ll probably have four days off after each 48 hour shift which leaves lots of time for projects :)
I’ve stopped by LJ’s a few times lately, but only about once or twice a week for a few minutes. I checked today and I had to go back through 10 pages of projects before I saw something I recognized. There is a lot of great stuff there everybody, I wish I had more time to gaze and join the conversations.
Hope you are all doing well. Keep up the good work and happy woodworking.
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