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A Guide to FireLink

FireLink

So now that you’ve found your way to FireLink, what exactly is there do? There are many ways to be interactive and if you need some ideas, this guide will show you exactly what there is to do in each section.

News

You can rate every news article that you read. Go to the box that says “Rate.” Hover over the amount of stars that you would like to give that article and click. Your rating will be automatically registered. In fact, you can start by rating this very article that you are reading! That way I will know if it has been helpful.

You can also leave a comment after any article that you read on FireLink. Leaving a comment is a way of starting a conversation about the article.

You can submit your own news story by writing it yourself, or by providing a link to an article that you found interesting. If enough people read and rate your article it may just find its way to the front page on the “What’s Hot” list.

Videos

Visit the Internet’s largest library of firefighting videos. Videos range from firefighter training to spoofs to be used for a good laugh. Upload videos from your department to share with the rest of the fire and rescue community.

Gear Reviews

You can review any of the products that you see, and you can even add gear to your profile. Underneath each product there is a button that says “Add to my Favorite Gear.” By clicking on that button, the product becomes added to your profile under the “In My Gear Bag” section of your profile.

Do you have a product that you want to tell the FireLink community about? Maybe a handgun that you love, or a vest that you use on the job and find it to be an essential? You can also add your own products for review. Just click on “write a review” in the blue navigational bar and follow the steps.

Careers

You can search our job listings to see who is hiring police. We’ve partnered with Monster.com to bring you the most fire and rescue job listings on the web. You can also add your resume to the career network, and employers will come to you. There are also some great articles about building resumes and interviewing techniques.

Education

This section also has articles that you can read, rate and comment on. Are you thinking about starting a career in firefighting? Higher education is quickly becoming an essential part of public safefy. If you don’t have a degree you may just find yourself being passed over by a candidate who does. Don’t let that happen. Use the FireLink Scholarship Finder to find a fire and rescue friendly school and scholarship to pay for it.

Training

Search our selection of training articles written by experts i the field. Do you have your own training or teaching materials that you would like to share? You can submit them here.

Money

Think you’ll be able to live off your pension when you retire? Think again. Check out tons of great articles and tips about how to maximize your money. We have advice on everything related to money from buying a house to managing your credit card debt to saving for your retirement.

Discussions

This is where much of the action on FireLink occurs! You can start a discussion on any topic that you can think of. For instance, if you are a student, maybe you have questions about how to pass the physical fitness test in the academy? Or perhaps you just want to vent or share a funny anecdote with a fellow firefighter. Just start a discussion thread and people will be able to respond to your topic or question.

Community

Find long lost coworkers and academy classmates, or make new friends from a fire department on the other side of the country. The FireLink community brings cops together from every corner of the globe to exchange information.

If you have any suggestions for adding to the site, or have questions about how you can participate, please send me a private message through my profile.

Use the FireLink Scholarship Finder to locate a scholarship that’s right for you.


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