DUI & DWI
No department wants one of their firefighters cited with a DUI. If you have already had a DUI, it's difficult but not impossible to get hired. Candidates who have been cited with wet and reckless (less than a DUI) can also have problems getting hired. Get a layer to assist you during this trying time. Do not go it alone or cut corners. Try to get your record expunged!
Then never bring this situation up in an oral interview unless the panel specifically asks. Many candidates feel they need to do repair work, but it only makes things worse. The panel probably won't even ask because this is something that is handled in the background investigation.
During the background investigation or psych analysis, the doctor could DQ you because he may feel the pressures of the job may lead you to drinking. Explain to the background investigator a reasonable explanation of what happened. Although a DUI is a tough one, this formula can help you overcome this hurdle. The simple solution is: Did the situation happen before you started the path to being a firefighter or since? Try to instill the situation was an isolated event. Then try utilizing the below format to let them know your still a viable Let the interview panel or background investigator know:
Tell the background investigator and the psychologist who you were, your state of mind and the time period it took place (this is who you were). Tell them you know this was not the person you wanted to be (this is what changed). Explain what steps you took to change such as attending a program to educate himself. Explain to them that you discovered you didn't have a drinking problem, but a behavior issue. Assure them you have changed and stopped drinking, continued your education to become a Firefighter, EMT or Paramedic. That your a model citizen and these are the things you have done and continue to do to be an upstanding person.
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