||After rigorous testing and training, Tina Moore, Frank Tijiboy and Bao To are
now firefighters with the Oakland Fire Department. Here's what has happened
to some of the candidates in TEST OF COURAGE since the filmmakers finished
shooting in mid-1999.
My dad once said, "why don't you consider being a
firefighter, it's a good job." And I'm like "man are you
crazy?" But secretly it did appeal to me...
While waiting to hear from the Oakland Fire Services
Agency, Terry obtained his paramedic's license to
increase his chances of becoming a firefighter. In
August 1999 his wish came true when he was recruited
for the third academy class. Terry got married the day
before academy instruction began and has nearly
completed his 12-month probationary period as a
I think I finally figured out that there's more to a job
than just being a job, and [I'm] going after a career
that is so much a representation of who I am.
Chandra is enjoying her new job as an animal control
officer with the Oakland Police Department. "I like
working with the public and animals, I don't like being
cooped up. I like situations where I am rescuing
animals. I'm still in the field of public service and this
is the closest thing I can get to [firefighting] now."
I've tested everywhere from Beverly Hills to Seattle,
Washington - the firefighters I've talked to say "you're
not gonna get hired, you're a white male, so you know,
Brendan got married in 1996. He continues to work at
the Berkeley Public Library.