Short Term Housing on St. John
My fiance and I are planning a move down there this spring - he's applied for a firefighter position - anyone know when the next test is?
We're hoping to live on St. John, but I know if's next to impossible to find an affordable place to live. Does anyone have any suggestions on apartment hunting or short term housing - we have 2 cats, so that may make it harder! Thanks!
I live next door on STT, so I might be wrong in this, but here, in STT, you pretty much need to be "'in the know" to be hired on as a firefighter. They just finished up a class a few months ago, so they are probably full. Not sure about STJ, but I would assume it would be similar. Anyone?
Thanks for the info...that's interesting because we stopped by the station on STT and talked to a few of the guys and they made it sound like they're in need of people - especially STJ! My fiance was a firefighter in the States for 10 years and a corpsman in the Navy - also has his nursing degree, but not his RN, so hopefully he can find something.
I spoke with a local firefighter on St. Thomas a few weeks ago to ask questions concerning firefighter jobs for another person. His thoughts were: With experience you would be welcomed, added that it saves the dept. the expenses of sending you off island to train. He said that there is a need for firefighters and suggested contacting Chief Potter, Milo Francis and/or Mr. Willams (I think he said Williams was a Lt. and that the order I listed them in is the chain of command.) He said that he was very sure the pay would be less then what you are making now (referencing firefighters in the states) but didn't specify a salary. He said if a firefighter is willing to take a paycut, he was sure their skills would be a welcomed addition. He said call the administrative office at (340)774-7610, send your resume and good luck.
So I'd say give them a call and see what the deal is.
Just for reference, from the 2002 US Labor Bureau of Stats, the salary for Fire Fighters is listed as: Fire Fighters: Employed - 220; Mean Annual: $23,310
Thank you so much for the info!