Jet_Engine1 Posted January 2 Share Posted January 2 I received an offer for the position of Fire Marshal for a smaller Department (Cocoa, Fl) the other day. The Fire Chief was like, yeah, we'd love for you to start asap...I said, well, wouldn't you need to interview me first? He laughed and said, consider this your interview, your resume and certifications are exactly what we're looking for. 😆 So I asked him for a couple of days (over the long weekend) to talk it over with wife and some of my Rabbis and mentors at work and he said, sure of course, but we want you to come up asap. We drove up to Cocoa to scout the area and made it a family outing for NYE, stayed on the beach... the area is really cool. Kennedy Space Center, Port Canaveral is a major cruise line port for Disney, Royal Carib, etc, and its 40 minutes to Disney. Slower pace of life, less stress, and the real estate market isn't insane....oh, and the booming space industry is right there, so we'll get to spend the next decades watching SpaceX and Artemis rockets launching from our back yard. I'm 51 years old and eligible to collect my pension immediately upon retirement (around $7000/month to not go to West Palm Beach 😆) and I have a drop/share account and 457 that amounts to about $150K lump sum. The new job starts at around $60K annual with full benefits and another pension fund benefit. The Chief called me on December 31st, and the night before my wife and I were talking about how we felt "stuck" where we are, how I've gone as far as I wanted to go (Fire Captain, Asst. Fire Marshal, Officer of the Year 2021). The next step at my current Dept. Could take 3 years, and honestly I don't want that job. White shirt, all paperwork, and out of the bargaining unit. BUT, we will be moving to a new area where we don't know anyone (School isn't a factor, my kids have been homeschooling since covid when my wife saw what they were learning amd said, we can do a lot better - she was right). So. I'm getting ready to do paperwork and give notice to a place that once told me when we were having issues related to my hour assignment "Your problems aren't the Fire Departments" and live near the beach on the Space Coast. Am I crazy to resign? Or is this the change I've been waiting for. And man, the timing. Is this my Dad giving me a nudge from beyond? Exciting and scary at the same time. 3 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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