Promoting in the Austin Fire Department is not like most jobs. I don't have enough perspective to say if it is like promoting in other Fire Departments around the world, but I have seen the Austin process first hand. Hero Husband has been with the Austin Fire Department for more than a decade. He has had some amazing mentors, friends and rookies over the years. In 2008 a long process of studying, deferring, studying again, trying not to scream in frustration at the city bureaucracy, delay and yet more last minute studying culminated in Hero Husband taking the promotional exam for Lieutenant. He did amazingly well and after the practical portion of the exam process was placed on the list for the spaces to be made available. Word came in December that his spot would be open in January and he would be promoting into an operations position (at a fire station, not an office). Cue party planning time.
We celebrated with a beautiful group of people who mentored in the early years, loved and prayed for us during the preparation for this step and rejoiced with us when it was over and done with. Hero Husband is settling into his new fire station nicely.
I couldn't be more proud of him!
Congratulations Baby! You look great in brass!
Hero Husband's new helmet...handed down to him from Josh