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    Firefighter Origins

    Firefighter Origins
    My brother is a firefighter. I used to say that a lot. Somebody would ask about my family at a social gathering, and I'd go down the list: my dad's in the travel industry, my youngest siblings are still in high school, and my brother is a firefighter. No big deal, everybody does SOMETHING with their lives, but to me my ...
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    Firefighters are Brothers, Not Friends

    Firefighters are Brothers, Not Friends
    Firefighters are more than simple friends. Friends go out for pizza on Friday nights. Friends come over to watch the game on your television. “Friends” also have a tendency of disappearing when times get tough. You can't fight fires with friends. To fight fires you need the brotherhood. Last week I asked my biological brother, a firefighter on the department I'm ...
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    Five Steps To Becoming a Firefighter

    Five Steps To Becoming a Firefighter
    Ever wonder what you need to do to break into the fire service? Written by Battalion Chief Paul Lepore, author of three best selling firefighter career how-to books, this 5-step guide offers aspiring firefighters unique insight on how to best position yourself for a successful firefighting career and what to expect your first year on the job. A special section by ...
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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: What to Expect Your First Year

    Step 5: What to Expect Your First Year
    *+Schedules and Timelines+* Most commonly firefighters work in 24-hour shifts, reporting to work at 0700 and work until 0700 the next day. Firefighters usually work a total of 56 hours per week (but since these hours are worked on a continual basis, firefighters enjoy a lot of time off). On the average, firefighters work ten 24-hour shifts each month, leaving them ...
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    Homeland Security: Top Ten In-Demand Occupations

    Homeland Security: Top Ten In-Demand Occupations
    It's no surprise that Homeland Security is recruiting heavily. Fortunately, this is good news for Firefighters and EMTs/Paramedics who both rank in the top ten. Homeland Security Emergency Preparedness & Response focuses on the premise that a disaster can strike anytime, anywhere. A disaster may be in the form of a hurricane, an earthquake, a tornado, a flood, a fire or ...
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    Step 1: Learn About the Fire and Rescue Service

    Step 1: Learn About the Fire and Rescue Service
    *+Volunteer Firefighters+* Over ninety percent of the firefighters in the United States are volunteer firefighters. These men and women live in the community and want to make it a safer place. Frequently the local firehouse is the focal point in the community. The fire engines, and trucks are purchased with donations raised from the community. Becoming a volunteer firefighter is not ...
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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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    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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    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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    Q&A Feature: Am I Too Old to Become a Firefighter?

    Q&A Feature: Am I Too Old to Become a Firefighter?
    Q: I'm 45 and just now realizing that I want to become a firefighter. Will a department even consider me because of my age? A: Everyone has an opinion of age when it comes to hiring new firefighters. Some people feel that a younger candidate has a better chance of getting hired because, after all, the fire departments are looking to ...
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    Firefighters: "Do the Right Thing"

    Firefighters: "Do the Right Thing"
    Every new recruit looks forward to their first day of training with eager anticipation. I know that for me, there were hundreds of images flying through my head. Big trucks, flashing lights, sharp axes - this was going to be way too cool for words. All the other recruits in my class were equally pumped-up, and when we sat down in ...
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    Five Workout Tips

    Five Workout Tips
    Darryl Johnson, health and fitness coordinator for the Chicago Fire Department, recommends five ways to push your workout to the next level. 1. Try circuit training. Incorporating cardiovascular training (i.e. riding a stationary bike, running on a treadmill) into a workout that includes strength training will help raise your heart rate. "That'll intensify your workout," he says. 2. Train at 90 ...
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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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    Five Steps To Becoming a Firefighter - Download the Ebook

    Five Steps To Becoming a Firefighter - Download the Ebook
    Due to popular demand, FireLink's Five Steps To Becoming a Firefighter is also available as a downloadable ebook. This ebook can be downloaded and printed to read at your convenience. Written and reviewed by experts in the fire and rescue community, Five Steps To Becoming a Firefighter has over 25 pages of invaluable information to set you on the right path ...
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    Step 4: Preparing for the Academy

    Step 4: Preparing for the Academy
    *+Mental Conditioning+* It is extremely stressful to prepare for a manipulative exam knowing that if you don’t perform you will lose your job. Everyone in the academy has to perform to the minimum standards. There are NO exceptions. Being able to perform under pressure is critical. Remember, the training staff is there to help you be successful. The department has invested ...
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    15 Toughest Interview Questions (and Answers)

    1. Why do you want to work in this industry? Bad answer: "I like firefighting. I think it's really cool." Don't just say you like it. Anyone can "like" firefighting. Focus instead on your history with the industry, and if you can, tell a story. Good answer: "I have always appreciated and admired those who put their lives on the line ...
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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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    Five Steps to Becoming a Firefighter Introduction

    Five Steps to Becoming a Firefighter Introduction
    Human instinct is to run away from fire for fear of being injured or killed. Firefighters are the only ones who run toward a burning building in search of people in need of help. They are willing to risk their lives for complete strangers regardless of race, creed, color, or socioeconomic status. What is it that motivates them to do this? ...
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    Step 2: Decide if You're Ready

    Step 2: Decide if You're Ready
    *+Basic Eligibility Requirements+* The fire department will post the entry-level requirements on the job description flyer. In order for a candidate’s application to be accepted, the minimum requirements must be met. While entry-level requirements vary from department to department, most require candidates to be at least 18 years of age. Some require applicants to be at least 21 years old. Most ...
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