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					Taylor Scruggs                                                 1234 Beach Arbor Drive, Mansfield, TX 76063
                                            Residence: (817) 478-1234 • Mobile: (817) 999-1234 • abc@aol.com


October 24, 2007

Chief Daniel Ryder
Dallas Fire-Rescue Department
2550 Meadow Creek Lane 10AS
Dallas, TX 75201

Dear Chief:

Enclosed is a résumé in application for an executive appointment with the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department.
As a 25+ year firefighter who has served as a Fire Captain/Lieutenant for the past 16 years, I have the skills,
knowledge, and        most importantly     the dedication and commitment to ensure that citizens and
businesses are provided with safe, efficient and quality emergency services. Let me highlight a few of the
areas where I believe I am exceptionally qualified to fulfill the requirements of the position:

YOUR REQUIREMENTS                   MY QUALIFICATIONS

•   Two years’ experience at the    •    I have been a firefighter since 1981 and have served as a Fire
    Captain’s rank and above.            Captain for a triple company since 2004. In addition, I served as a
                                         Fire Lieutenant for a single company for 13 years.

•   Applicants who are pursuing     •   I possess a Bachelor of Arts from Prairie View A&M University,
    or possess a college degree.        have earned several professional certifications, and completed
                                        extensive professional development courses.

•   Manage, coordinate, and         •   As Fire Captain for the past three years, I have been responsible for
    supervise emergency                 the day-to-day operations of my team. My leadership skills generate
    operations by directing the         trust because I believe in fair and equal treatment of others and that
    activities of emergency             all leaders are more effective if they lead with a team mentality.
    personnel.

•   Facilitate subordinates         •   I assist with regular in-service training programs and use employee
    professional development            evaluations to identify the strengths and weakness of my team for
    through application and             performance improvement.
    monitoring of training
    programs.

I look forward to the evaluation/assessment process and the opportunity to demonstrate my abilities to
handle an executive appointment with the DFD. Thank you for your consideration of my application.

Sincerely,



Taylor Scruggs

Enclosure: Résumé