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    10 Steps to Becoming a Firefighter - For Military Service Members

    10 Steps to Becoming a Firefighter - For Military Service Members
    Candidates who have served our country in the Armed Forces have a huge advantage over those who have not. It is generally believed that while military veterans may not have as many certificates and fire science units as the other candidates (they were busy serving our country), they offer so much more. The personal growth and professional experience a military service ...
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    Step 2: Assessment Centers - Tactical Scene Scenarios

    Step 2: Assessment Centers - Tactical Scene Scenarios
    The tactical scene scenario can be one major event, a series of smaller events, or a combination of all of the above. It can be interactive or non-interactive. In an interactive scenario a candidate is given a radio and is expected to give on scene report (size up), assume command, name the location of the command post, request resources, and make ...
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    Step 2: Assessment Centers - Oral Interview

    Step 2: Assessment Centers - Oral Interview
    The oral presentations are probably the most overlooked part of the promotional exam. This is ironic because studies show that our greatest fear is to speak in front of a group. From the department’s perspective it is important to promote people who can speak in front of a group. The higher the rank, the more public speaking you will be expected ...
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    Soldiers in the Fire Service

    Soldiers in the Fire Service
    Many Soldiers have had fulfilling second careers in the fire service. Whereas other industries might not be as interested in these warriors, the fire service welcomes them with open arms. They already understand the chain-of-command, know how to work together as a team, and are generally mature beyond their years. Being entrusted with multi-million dollar equipment, going in harm's way, and ...
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    How To Save A Life

    How To Save A Life
    I think most firefighters would agree that a good call has some element of "fun" in it. I'm not talking about the kind of fun that you have with a board game or a funny movie, it's way more serious than that, but knocking down a good fire (one where no-one is in danger) produces an enjoyment unlike any other. Unfortunately, ...
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    Step 2: Assessment Centers - Employee Counseling Session

    Step 2: Assessment Centers - Employee Counseling Session
    One of the most challenging parts of any supervisor’s job is dealing with employees. In the fire service we are particularly poor at imposing discipline on our members. Since we live, eat, sleep and work together for long periods of time, supervisors are reluctant to address poor performance. It is important to remember that the fire department is held to the ...
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    Step 2: Assessment Centers - In-Basket Exercise

    Step 2: Assessment Centers - In-Basket Exercise
    The in-basket exercise has been around forever and is one of my favorites. A candidate is given a list of items that must be addressed within a certain time frame. He or she is asked to prioritize the items and justify his reasons to the panel. It’s up to the candidate to determine what is important, and what is urgent. The ...
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    Help Me Lose the Lovehandles!

    This week I received an email titled, "LOVE-HANDLES!! Help me lose them." I have been working on a routine that incorporates exercises that will help you work your love handles (the oblique region of the torso). Personally, I like to work my "obliques" on days I work my legs, so I created the Legs and Love Handles workout seen below. As ...
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    Firefighter's Words

    "I told them she did not suffer and I was there for her, holding her close..." A call that I responded to was an accident that involved a teen driver. I just got off my shift as a firefighter and was on my way home from work when the call came in for an accident with injuries. I called dispatch because ...
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    Step 3: Oral Presentations

    Step 3: Oral Presentations
    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 ...
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    Firefighter's Words

    "I can only hope that someone will remember me in the same way...." It's amazing that after 20 plus years in the fire service I can still think and function on a daily basis. My mind has chosen to fill itself with the most horrific things that I have seen over the years, yet I can’t remember what I got for ...
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    Step 4: Practice Interview Questions

    Step 4: Practice Interview Questions
    It is important that you prepare questions you might be asked. Here are a few samples for Fire Captain. Type your answers into the text boxes. When you're done, click "Print This Page" at the bottom, and print your answers for reference. (Note: if your answer has exceeded the size of the box, only the portion showing will print.) Interview Questions ...
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    Step 4: Practice Interview Questions - Scoring Criteria

    Step 4: Practice Interview Questions - Scoring Criteria
    In case you were wondering what a typical score sheet looks like for interview questions, here's a sample: Step 5: Assess Your Leadership Skills Step 3: Oral Presentations Guide to Promotion: Table of Contents • Step 1: Plan for Promotion • Step 2: Assessment Center Exercises      • Tactical Scene Scenarios     • Oral Interview     • Employee Counseling Session     • In-Basket Exercise • Step 3: Oral ...
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    Firefighter's Words: I Wish You Could Know

    I wish you could know what it is like to search a burning bedroom for trapped children at 3 AM, flames rolling above your head, your palms and knees burning as you crawl, the floor sagging under your weight as the kitchen below you burns. I wish you could comprehend a wife's horror at 6 in the morning as I check ...
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    Step 5: Assess Your Leadership Skills

    Step 5: Assess Your Leadership Skills
    Along with the benefits of a promotion comes responsibility. Some firefighters are simply more cut-out to be leaders, and some are content serving the department the best that they can. Either way it takes a team to make a department great. FireLink has a great assessment tool to help you sort out your leadership skills with an evaluation quiz. Take it, ...
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    Rules of the Radio

    Ever since its creation, the portable radio has been the fireman's friend. From traffic control to aggressive fire suppression, our hand-held radios keep us in contact with our brothers and aware of what's going on throughout the scene. As a relative newcomer to the field, I still have clearly in my memory the feeling of what is was like to key ...
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    Want Probies to Learn? Just Yell at Them

    Want Probies to Learn? Just Yell at Them
    If you're in the fire service, you're going to be yelled at from time to time. I don't care how tough and talented you are, I don't care if you were the student body president or you dated the homecoming queen. The simple truth is that you will be screamed at. I admit that I haven‚t met you, but I know ...
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    How to Shake Off the Mistakes

    How to Shake Off the Mistakes
    I've been on the fire department for over a year now. Another group of recruits has come through our academy since then, and they've been out running calls for months. Another recruit class is currently in session, and I'm even starting to help with their training. I feel like I've come a long way. It's always when you feel that way ...
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    Never Settle for "I'm Fine"

    Never Settle for "I'm Fine"
    If your department is anything like mine, you have a pretty good number of medical calls that should never have happened. Everything from small cuts to heartburn to a ride in the big white taxi, a whole gamut of conditions that you could certainly classify as "not an emergency". You may start to think after a while that most people have ...
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