AUSTIN FIRE DEPARTMENT BEGINS RECRUITMENT
If you want to put out fires for a living, you have 12 days to submit your application to join the Austin Fire Department as they seek to hire as many as 100 new firefighters for 2011. According to their website, the Austin Fire Department is looking for “a cross-section of applicants that reflect the diversity of our community.” The next recruiting classes are tentatively scheduled to begin in early 2011. According to a story from KVUE News in Austin, the open positions are available due primarily to retirements and resignations among the existing force. The overall goal of the department is to have four firefighters for every truck, a goal that should be close to being met with this round of hiring.
Starting salary is $30,000 and all applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 35 years old and possess a high school diploma or GED. You must also be a U.S. citizen with a driver’s license and be able to pass a medical screening in order to be considered. There are also positions for Senior Cadets available with a starting pay of $46,000. These applicants must be at least 18 years old and currently certified as a firefighter and EMT-B in Texas (or have equivalent certifications).
Applications are being accepted online from today, December 1st until December 12th. If you are interested, please click here to visit the Austin Fire Department website for full details and to begin the application process.
NATIONAL JOB PICTURE IMPROVES
According to the latest report from ADP (the largest private payroll processing company in the nation), private-sector employment rose by 93,000 jobs in November. This marks the biggest single month improvement in three years. The increase in November was the tenth consecutive month of increases, a positive sign that the worst of our economic problems are behind us.
ADP had predicted a gain of only 58,000 jobs, so the actual increase was a pleasant surprise even to the analysts covering the situation. To add to the good news, October’s results were adjusted with an upward revision from 43,000 to 82,000, a significant increase over the previously announced results.
While these increase are not likely to change the overall unemployment rate scheduled to be released on Friday, the trend that has developed can only be seen as positive news for our economy.