Just going to post facts. Joined volunteer/ paid fire deptartment in 2000. Worked my way up through the ranks and served as Asst. Chief at 2 separate stations in the County FD. Got hired part time 8 years ago to Central Station and have pretty much worked every weekend and holiday for last 6 years then started pulling all of the Chief/ Fire Coordinators night shifts for his last year before retirement. (3 shift rotations). He hired me full time last July as Asst. Chief/ Asst. Training Officer for the county. ("All requirements met" in his letter to the board and effective Aug 1,2013). I'm currently in the final stages of getting my Level 1 Mississippi State Fire Instructor certification. My 6 month probation period ends Jan. 31 so the new coordinator puts in for my 10% pay increase. The board not only denied it, they want me to go to the State fire academy for 7 weeks and take the basic ff course. The coordinator tells them I don't need it but they say it will "look good" for the department. I'm 45 yrs old. Have been at my other job for 22 years, I manage the machine shop and do all the CNC programming. #1- I don't make enough at the fd to pay all the bills. #2- I can't take 7 weeks off from the shop. #3- the state fire coordinator and county coordinator, who is against me going, say I meet all criteria for my position. #4- they denied me my $3000 raise because of the county budget but it will cost the county almost $14000 in course fees, paying me, and hiring someone part time to cover my shifts while I'm gone. They gave me a year. The fd is always 1 vote away from going all volunteer.(politics) What would you do?