Be a Firefighter >> Browse Articles

Browse Be a Firefighter Articles

  • Rate

    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 ...
  • Rate

    Video

  • Rate

    Safe Running During The Hot, Dry Summer

    With the long days of summer, there are more daylight hours in which to exercise. Many people focus on running and outdoor activities. These days, though, it may be best to stay indoors and do another type of workout instead of breathing polluted air during strenuous cardio activity. In an email this week, I was asked about running during the summer, ...
  • Rate

    Step 3: Know Your Interests

    Step 3: Know Your Interests
    So you want to start a new career in the Fire and Rescue industry, but you don’t know where to begin? How do you choose between becoming a firefighter, E.M.T., paramedic, first responder or a HazMat technician? The roles of a firefighter have changed a lot over the years, and a firefighter’s job is not just to respond to a call ...
  • Rate

    Step 4: Mentally Prepare Yourself

    Step 4: Mentally Prepare Yourself
    At this point you have researched the industry, spoken with a few departments, and narrowed down your career path interests. Now you have to mentally prepare yourself for the job ahead. We all know that life is not mimicked by what you see on television and in the movies. There are very real dangers and horrors that one in fire and ...
  • Rate

    Step 7: Possess Good Time Management Skills

    Step 7: Possess Good Time Management Skills
    Being a volunteer is a great way to start out in the industry, but there are also other factors you may have to consider. Most volunteer firefighters have full-time jobs and families. Learning how to prioritize your schedule will be one of the most useful skills during your time volunteering. Thankfully, a lot of departments across the country have set meeting ...
  • Rate

    Step 8: Contribute Additional Skills and Talents

    Step 8: Contribute Additional Skills and Talents
    It is important to bring productive personal skills to the table when you become a volunteer firefighter. I know at my department, we have volunteers with backgrounds in electrical work, mechanics, plumbing and farming (yes, farming). Volunteer departments will sometimes work on their own vehicles and equipment if the work is something that can be done at the station. This helps ...
  • Rate

    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.
  • Rate

    FireLink Video Improvements

    Last week we rolled out a major update to our video channel that should make it much easier to share videos on FireLink. First and foremost, you should now be able to embed a video hosted on another site. So if you see something you like on YouTube and you'd like to pass it along to your friends on FireLink, simply ...
  • Rate

    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 ...
  • Rate

    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 ...
  • Rate

    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 ...
  • Rate

    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 ...
  • Rate

    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 ...
  • Rate

    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 ...
  • Rate

    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” ...
  • Rate

    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 ...

Recent Activity

Photo_user_blank_big
razrsh4rp received the quiz result of "51-75% correct", about 12 hours ago.
Photo_user_blank_big
jasaxseo commented on: "reyhan abhe", 2 days ago.
Photo_user_blank_big
bparracksatx received the quiz result of "Future Smokejumper", 6 days ago.
Photo_user_blank_big
katlynn95 joined the group "NFL Fans", 8 days ago.
Photo_user_blank_big
Radair received the quiz result of "51-75% correct", 8 days ago.