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Step 3: Oral Presentations

Step 3: Oral Presentations

Battalion Chief Paul Lepore

Your oral presentation is an important part of the promotion assessment. Here’s a quick and dirty list of possible scenarios you should have nailed down before you are presented with the real deal. It is important to speak clearly, initiate eye contact with your audience, and speak genuinely and concisely. Don’t be afraid to jot down notes, there’s nothing worse than sitting down after a speech and feeling like you forgot something. Practice each one in front of peers or family and be sure to time yourself.

Emergency Response Guidebook


You are a Captain of an Engine company. Your assignment is to teach the new firefighter how to use the Emergency Response guidebook. You have been provided with a copy of the book.

You have 15 minutes to prepare a 5 minute presentation on how to properly use the guide book.






Fire Extinguishers


You are a Captain of an Engine company. Your assignment is to teach the new firefighter how to use a fire extinguisher. You have been provided with a fire extinguisher.

You have 15 minutes to prepare a 5 minute presentation on how to properly use the guide book.





Addressing Your New Crew


You are a new Captain. You are addressing your crew for the first time. You have 15 minutes to prepare a 5 minute presentation to your crew.





The Importance of Brush Clearance


You are assigned by the Battalion Chief to make a presentation to the local neighborhood watch group about the importance of brush clearance.

You have 15 minutes to prepare a 5 minute presentation to the panel.





The Importance of Fire Prevention Inspections


You are a new Captain who has been invited by the Chamber of Commerce to make a presentation about the importance of Fire Prevention inspections.

You have 15 minutes to prepare a 5 minute presentation to the panel.





Customer Service


You are a new Captain. You have 15 minutes to prepare a 5 minute presentation to your crew about the importance of customer service.

Step 4: Practice Interview Questions

Step 2: Assessment Center Exercises




Paul Lepore is the author of the best-selling series of career how-to books for firefighters. You can buy them directly from the FireLink Bookstore


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