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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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    Topic: Words of Wisdom

    _Sandy2502_ - A little more advice. As you go through fire school. Always stay a chapter ahead of the class. Then the class becomes a review and Highlighting becomes easier. Be careful of the Dept. A-holes. We all have them. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and orders if you feel it is unsafe. If they are talking FF-ize and ...
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    Topic: What Do I Have to Do In Order to Become a Firefighter?

    _Q: I am a student in high school and I want to be a fireman. What do I have to do?_ A: First decide if you want to be volunteer or paid. If you live in an area with a volunteer department start there. See if they have a juniors dept. or explorers post. As far as education, you will ...
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    Topic: Preparing to Become an EMT

    _Q: Any advice as in what to get used to, how to react, and what to study (i.e. math?)_ Related Links Firefighters with degrees earn more: Get a Fire Sciences Degree Join the FireLink EMS Group A: For EMT, basic math is OK. Paramedic is more involved and you go a little further than basic math. Remember, the answers to ...
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    Topic: Preparing for Physical Training

    _Q: How do I get into shape to keep up with training?_ Related Links More Fitness Tips by Stew Smith The Firefighter Workout - Ace the CPAT PhysEd Scholarships A: Click on “HOME” at the top of this page. Then click on “Training Center” at the bottom of the list at the left. Then click on “Fitness with Stew Smith” ...
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    Topic: Joining a Department

    _Q: Can I step foot into a fire station and request an application for hire?_ A: Volunteer or Paid? If it’s paid you will need to apply through city, town hall HR dept. If volunteer, your best bet is stop in and ask. If you are a resident of the area, you have the right to “step foot” into the ...
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    Topic: Interviews

    _Q: Well, I've just completed my second oral board interview today with the DFW Airport Fire Department, and I have also made it to my oral board interview with Fort Worth Fire department. So far 2 strikes. What I'm curious is what do they really want to know about you. I've done everything that my friends who are firefighters have ...
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    Topic: How old do I have to be?

    _Q: I was wondering how old you have to be to become a volunteer. I'm only 16 but I'm wanting to make firefighting my career. I thought I might as well start as soon as possible. so if anybody knows or has any idea let me know._ A: You’ll need to join an Explorer Post or a Junior’s program with ...
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    Topic: Fire Science Colleges

    _Q: Hey, I’m about to graduate from Highschool in San Jose, CA in a few months and I want to become a firefighter after or during college. I’m just trying to find out what’s the best. Even if it’s out of state. Also if anyone knows of any places where I can take classes to become an EMT?_ A: Check ...
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    Topic: Degrees and Certifications

    _Q: What's more important to becoming a firefighter, a degree in fire science or having your firefighter 1 and 2 certificates?_ A: You can get in with your one and two but you come out with more knowledge with your degree. Related Links More Information on Fire Science Degrees Which Fire Science School is Right For You? A: Right, FF1 ...
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    Topic: CPAT preparation

    _Q: What is the hardest part of the CPAT that you have to do in order to become a firefighter and what is the test called?_ A: For me, the hardest part of the Candidate Physical Ability Test has always been going all out for that length of time and then having to drag the dummy at the end. It ...
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    Q&A Feature: How Do I Become a Firefighter?

    Q&A Feature: How Do I Become a Firefighter?
    We here at FireLink are constantly being asked questions such as: "how do I become a firefighter?", "what is expected of me physically?", and "do I need a college degree?" There is no one better equipped to answer these questions than firefighters themselves, so we have compiled a list of responses found in our Forums. So, here's a quick guide to ...
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    Tattoos: A Word of Warning

    Tattoos: A Word of Warning
    Tattoos have been around for hundreds of years and will be around for hundreds more. In today’s society, tattoos are becoming more prevalent, and in some segments of our culture, more accepted. The fire department is a paramilitary organization. There are standards for dress code and for conduct both on and off duty. As a general rule, firefighters are a pretty ...
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    Military Service and Firefighting

    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. [widget:flywheel_links] There is no substitute for life experience. The ...
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    New Group for New Recruits

    New Group for New Recruits
    Questions about how to get started in firefighting and EMS? Want to share tips with others considering joining? Become a member of the "New Recruits":http://firelink.monster.com/groups/31-new-recruits group in FireLink community.
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    Advancing Your Education

    People of all ages are choosing to further their education by obtaining bachelors and even masters' and doctoral degrees. Many people choose to go back to school to open new doors and get ahead in their job, as well as the rest of their lives! Firefighter Scholarships Want to go back to school to earn a degree? Find millions in scholarships. ...
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    Learn to Use Scholarships for Expenses

    Learn to use scholarships to eliminate out-of-pocket expenses. While looking for money for school many service members, veterans, and their families tend to overlook the over $300 million of military - and veteran - related scholarships and grants. These scholarships often go unclaimed due to the following misconceptions: * **Military education benefits eliminate the need for scholarships and grants.** False - ...
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    More States to Offer Scholarships

    Four new states have been selected for participation in the State Scholars Initiative, a national business-education partnership effort designed to increase the number of students who take a rigorous curriculum in high school, the U.S. Education Department announced today. _The states are: Missouri, New Hampshire, South Dakota and Wyoming._ Under the State Scholars Initiative, each state will receive up to $300,000 ...
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    Selecting the Right Degree

    Your degree choice will affect your future career opportunities and ultimate success. This compact guide will help you choose the degree that works for you. When making this decision, consider your current career path, future job markets, timeline and flexibility. Here are a few questions you need to answer before you select a degree: * Do you want to continue on ...
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    Advancing Your Education

    People of all ages are choosing to further their education by obtaining bachelors and even masters' and doctoral degrees. Many people choose to go back to school to open new doors and get ahead in their job, as well as the rest of their lives! Firefighter Scholarships Want to go back to school to earn a degree? Find millions scholarships. Sometimes ...
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