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We’ve partnered with The Salvation Army this year for a Christmas Toy Drive – Sharing with The Shield! Bring or ship new, unopened toys for children ages birth-2 years and 9-12 years to FMRT Offices located in Asheville, Charlotte, Greenville, Raleigh, and Winston-Salem by December 14th!  Lend a hand in ‘Sharing with The Shield’ this holiday season!

Why Evaluate Lateral Transfers


The short answer is because they will be your employee. Hiring someone from another department has many benefits, including experience in the field. These individuals are familiar with a public safety professional’s job functionalities, and they’ve had most of the training, which allows departments to save money. A first responder’s opportunity to continue their career in public safety at another department allows for growth and the chance to learn in a new environment. 

While there are several benefits, there are also risks that need consideration. Most public safety standards do not require that a lateral transfer have a pre-employment psychological evaluation. We understand that cost is a factor; however, employers need to have all the necessary information and data to make an informed hiring decision. 

When considering whether to screen a lateral applicant, keep a few things in mind. Even though they are working in a safety-sensitive role and have the credentials for the position, they may not have had a previous psychological evaluation, or it’s been over a year or more since their last medical or psychological evaluation. Significant professional or personal life events impact suitability determinations. Also, consider that your hiring process may be more stringent than other departments. They may allow personal habits and/or indiscretions in a candidate’s background that you would never consider.

Making sure your candidate is suitable for your department is critical. Our evaluations are designed to assess suitability for the job to which a candidate is applying. We consider the position’s core job functions, use that, and other historical and clinical data to determine suitability. Another major benefit to getting lateral candidates screened is that it gives you added security and a form of insurance. We stand by our medical and psychological evaluations and therefore share liability with you.

You need to know if your applicants are suitable for your department, city, and county. Don’t put your department at risk. Get your applicants screened regardless of being a new hire or lateral. We’re here to help, so call us when you need us. 336.761.0764 extensions 1010 or 1017


Elizabeth Morris, M.A.


Phone: 336-761-0764 ext. 1011

Email: elizabeth@fmrt.org 

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