Starting salary, $50,000
By Chinta Strausberg
As marchers wound their away in and around numerous blocks in the Auburn Gresham community last Friday night calling for an end to violence, Chicago Fire Department Chief Battalion Chief Annette Nance-Holt was passing out cards asking people to take the firemenâ€™s upcoming exam.
Nance-Holt, who lost her son, Blair Holt, on May 10, 2007 while aboard a CTA bus, was one of close to 200 people attending Father Pflegerâ€™s weekly Friday night peace marches.
Though she chimed in with supporters who chanted, â€œPut the guns down,â€ This is our neighborhoodâ€ and bellowing â€œPeace,â€ Nance-Holt was busy passing out a plugger entitled â€œAnswer The Callâ€ that urged people to apply to become a firefighter-EMT.
According to Nance-Holt, an applicant must be a high school graduate by December 31, 2014. She said the test is being given on December 13th and December 14th. They must have a valid U.S. driverâ€™s license and that the starting alary is more than $50.000. â€œItâ€™s an excellent opportunity for anyone to take the exam. You do not have to have prior experience to be a fireman. They will train you,â€ she said.
The application deadline is Tuesday, September 16, 2014, and Nance-Holt says there is a $30.00 fee.
However, she added, â€œIf you are a Chicago Public High School graduate, you get a preference. If you are in the police and fire training academy or the military, you also get a preference.â€
For additional information about the firefighter-EMT exam, click on: www.cityofchicago.org/fireapplication
Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.