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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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    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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    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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    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: 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: 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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    Firefighter's Words

    My story I have is about my husband, Ted. He's a FF/Medic in St. Louis county. Clayton, MO to be exact. July 21, 2008 was the worst day of his life. At 530 a.m. he had a call for a shooting in the community that was adjacent to where he works. A man parked his truck across the street from his ...
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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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    Firefighter's Words

    I mostly fight structure fires. I am a interior and exterior firefighting female. LOL. I gear up, and go in every chance I can get. A lot of people think we are crazy or nuts. We like running in a burning building while rats, and bugs, and people are running out. It’s a lot of hard work. The gear is hot, ...
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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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    Firefighter's Words

    Here is to the past. I toast to you who are gone. Everything has changed since you left. Would you be proud of me today or ashamed? I wonder. You always expected the best from me and I have tried to do that. I always admired you and looked to you for guidance. Without you in my life I wander for ...
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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: 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: 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: 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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    All I Ever Really Needed To Know I Learned In Rookie School

    All I Ever Really Needed To Know I Learned In  Rookie School
    (With credit to Robert Fulgham and "All I Ever Really Needed To Know I Learned In Kindergarten") Most of what I really need to know about how to live, and what to do, and how to be, I learned in Rookie School. It turns out, being a good firefighter has a lot to do with being a good person. These are ...
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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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