Do You Have What It Takes?

Cal-JAC’s Career Expos Connect Recruiters, Candidates

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This past Fall, hundreds of candidates hoping to launch a career in the fire service were given the opportunity to show that they have what it takes thanks to a series of career expos hosted by the California Firefighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee (Cal-JAC).

Sponsored by the Cal-JAC’s Commission to Recruit Women for the Fire Service, the expos saw fire departments from throughout the state sending recruiters to expos in Livermore, Sacramento and Orange in the hopes of providing would-be firefighters with information about job opportunities and requirements.

“Firefighting is a rewarding and demanding profession, but it’s not for everybody,” said Cal-JAC Chair Dan Terry. “Young people who think they’ve ‘got what it takes,’ can take the first steps by attending.”

The three expos drew hundreds of prospects from local high schools and community college career programs. The events also attracted many who previously thought a career with the fire service was out of reach.

“We want women to understand that this is a great career path,” said Emily Lo, a Davis fire captain and co-chair of the Cal-JAC’s Women’s Commission. “The profession needs people with drive, determination and ability. If you have what it takes, nothing should stand in your way.”