I'd feel a lot more secure about this if he weren't technically still a probie.
This year most likely will be the last year my firefighter's department survives in tact.
The city, which has always been very good about balancing their budget, finally succumbed to the pressures of the recession. They held out for as long as possible, but revenues from local businesses are way down, and the measure to fund the city through a tax increase failed. Some serious changes have to be made. People are losing their jobs this month. The parks are no longer going to be maintained. The library will be closing. And, the fire department will be disbanded and absorbed by the county department.
I wonder if they do another swearing in ceremony in these circumstances.
I've been anxiously waiting to hear what the city council decided. Most likely, the fire department will merge with county. This change will ultimately be a good thing, as far as my firefighter and his career are concerned. The department is large and offers a lot of diversity on the job, like jumping out of helicopters, or the opportunity to be on special search and rescue units. And, he did his fire training through the county's academy, so he will know how they operate.
There's just a few drawbacks--for example, his probationary period will be extended by six months. Not only will he be the red headed step child just because he's coming on board from another department, but he'll be a probie as well. That could be stressful. Plus, we don't know where in the county he would be stationed. He'll most likely stay put for a year or so after the merger, but after that, it's anyone's guess. And there's this nagging fear in the back of my mind that the county won't take every firefighter.
All those in the know swear that no one will lose their job. Every firefighter will be absorbed by the county--they say that they are short-staffed. Still, I'd feel a lot more comfortable with this if he weren't one of the newest guys on the department.
Just waiting to hear what his fate is.
Of all years for this to happen--This year marks the 100th anniversary of his fire department's inception.