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    An Important Message From FireLink's Editor

    An Important Message From FireLink's Editor
    In today's uncertain economic times, you - like many others - are probably focusing on saving more and spending less. You may be anxious about your job security, salary and employment opportunities. Over the years, I've found the best way to combat stress is to put together a plan and stick to it. Here at FireLink we are 100% focused on ...
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    Interview Mistakes No Firefighter Should Make

    The truth of the matter is that most people sabotage their own interviews. Instead of putting their best foot forward, they put off the interviewer by acting cocky, unsure of their talent, having bad manners, or by simply acting abnormal. FireLink has interviewed several recruitment experts to bring you unbelievable true stories of what actually happens behind interview doors. If ...
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    Pushups for Time - Pushups to the Extreme!

    This week I received a fun email from a former Marine who likes to push himself still and those around him. He writes: Stew, I have been using your workouts to get my pushups up to 100 in 2 minutes (as a Marine we focused on pullups as you know) and got it last week. Now I an thinking of doing ...
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    Can YOU take the Heat?

    Can YOU take the Heat?
    On day number one we all have it beat into our heads that the primary killer of firefighters is heart attacks. But as probies, we feel that we're invincible, at least for a while. After all, we're young and tough, years away from having to worry about our health…. Or are we? As young firefighters, our hearts may not be at ...
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    5 Things You Need to Give up to Get A Job

    It’s time for the reality check. America is in a recession and jobs are fewer while competition is greater. It takes even more hustle, dedication, and tenacity to land a job today than it did for your parents. Having a degree isn’t always enough and, sorry to break it to you, but you aren’t likely to get your dream job ...
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    Giddyup Probies: Getting on the Gear

    Giddyup Probies: Getting on the Gear
    If you don’t have bunker gear you don’t have anything. That’s why, as a probie, being issued a set of bunker gear was the first step in equipping me with the tools that probies want and firefighters need. Before you can learn to handle a hose, force a door, or carry a victim, you have to be able to put on ...
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    5 Steps to Becoming a Paramedic: Introduction

    5 Steps to Becoming a Paramedic: Introduction
    So, You Want to Be a Paramedic? Be warned: it takes sacrifice, long hours, horrible weather conditions, heavy lifting, being bled and spat upon, and exposed to who knows how many bodily fluids from…we’ll just let you imagine. Still interested? Then let’s continue, because in actuality this is can be one of the most rewarding jobs available. As a Paramedic, you ...
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    Step 1: Learn About the Craft

    Step 1: Learn About the Craft
    Whatever you do, do not ever think that TV emulates EMS. . If television is your sole guide, than I suggest watching the Learning Channel Series on paramedics. While this is a narrowed view with mainly an urban focus, it is at least factual. I suggest you go to your local firehouse or volunteer department and ask to speak to a ...
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    Step 2: Decide If You're Ready

    Step 2: Decide If You're Ready
    Lets look at some of the intrinsic/extrinsic factors which will assist you in deciding if this is the right choice for you. • Basic Eligibility- You are in a position of trust. Whether a volunteer or career paramedic, you will need to undergo some type of background check. In other words, if you have felonies on your record you can stop ...
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    Step 3: Navigating the Hiring Process

    Step 3: Navigating the Hiring Process
    One positive component of volunteering is the opportunity to meet people. Also, if you volunteer in a combination departments you get to see the inner workings of the department before you apply. More importantly you get to have face time with people who can help you along the way. Look for someone to mentor you. Read the numerous trade journals and ...
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    Firefighter's Words- Joining the Forest Service

    I'll just give you a short story about how I decided to become an employee of the Forest Service.....It was in the firestorms of 2003 here is southern California. It was my first year as a volunteer. I was with my partner Kathy Barnes, we had gone up to Lytle Creek where the fires at that point was raging to help ...
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    Step 4: Preparing for the Job

    Step 4: Preparing for the Job
    Okay, you got hired…now what? Well, that depends on the type of job. If you are going to be a fire based medic, you will probably have to go through the fire academy for up to 12 weeks. One of the conditions of hiring being hired was probably a pretty strict physical, back-ground examination as well as having to pass the ...
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    Firefighter's Five Step Guide to a Promotion

    Firefighter's Five Step Guide to a Promotion
    You've done the hardest part, you survived your initiation years and become a valuable part of your department. Now what? Most promotion advice resources neglect public service jobs such as career firefighting so here's your chance to learn what it takes to move up in the ranks. FireLink featured writer Battalion Chief Paul Lepore has offered a multitude of resources to ...
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    Step 5: What to Expect Your First Year

    Step 5: What to Expect Your First Year
    This is dependent on the type of service you are in. Most fire based services run a 24 on and either a 48 or 72 off schedule. Some do a 24 on, 24 off, 24 on, 24 off than 4 days off. Typically, the fire based services work an average of 8 days a month. Some EMS departments run this type ...
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    Step 1: Plan for Promotion

    Step 1: Plan for Promotion
    Setting a plan of how to reach your promotional goals can be a very intimidating process. There is a multitude of information and it can be overwhelming. I encourage promotional candidates to look at their future exam through a different set of glasses, those of the person creating the exam. Become the Test Maker One of my favorite sayings is, Become ...
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    Step 2: Assessment Center Exercises

    Step 2: Assessment Center Exercises
    The term “Assessment Center” often sends promotional candidates into frenzy. It is unfamiliar to many people and as a result their already increased anxiety over the promotional process is heightened. The purpose of this article is to shed some light on the process. No department wants to have quality candidates get lost in the testing process, rather it’s an opportunity for ...
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    Firefighter's Words

    The following message was found posted Anonymously on the net… Anonymous something to think about Tue Aug 12, 2008 I helped carry Jim Ramage to the helicopter that would take him on his last flight. His remains were draped in an American flag. Firefighters hovered over the remains of four that day and I had been ensuring that Jim was taken ...
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    Responding To Those Who Don't Want Your Help

    Responding To Those Who Don't Want Your Help
    In a recent article I wrote for this site, I talked about dealing with those people who are sure they're fine.  That can be a tough situation, but there's a whole other kind of "I don't need help" call that I think is even more difficult to navigate. You see, some people for one reason or another don't just not want ...
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    Firefighting and What It Means to Put Family First

    Firefighting is often touted as rewarding, challenging, demanding, and exciting. These descriptors are all factual, but there's one thing that's often not on the list that is equally true about any career in emergency response: it's addictive. Maybe not in the same way that some chemicals are habit-forming, but those feelings of excitement and camaraderie you get during a good call ...
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    Trama - Not a Television Show

    What's more exciting than flashing lights and wailing sirens? How cool is it to watch unusually attractive paramedics involved in desperate love triangles fiercely pound on the chests of accident victims and perform last minute emergency tracheotomies?  Look out!  It's another Tension pneumothorax!  Phew, saved the day again! Sometimes I think the media we consume really messes with our expectations.  Trauma ...
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