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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 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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    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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    Step 3: Navigating the Hiring Process

    Step 3: Navigating the Hiring Process
    *+Networking+* The best way to standout in the hiring process is to understand the role of a firefighter. A great way to gain knowledge and experience in the fire service is to become a volunteer or reserve firefighter. These candidates will have made a name for themselves long before the testing process. Candidates often volunteer for departmental activities. These activities include ...
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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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    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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    Firefighter's Words

    The following message was found posted Anonymously on the net… Anonymous something to think about Tue Aug 12, 2008 I helped carry Jim Ramage to the helicopter that would take him on his last flight. His remains were draped in an American flag. Firefighters hovered over the remains of four that day and I had been ensuring that Jim was taken ...
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    Step 5: Assess Your Leadership Skills

    Step 5: Assess Your Leadership Skills
    Along with the benefits of a promotion comes responsibility. Some firefighters are simply more cut-out to be leaders, and some are content serving the department the best that they can. Either way it takes a team to make a department great. FireLink has a great assessment tool to help you sort out your leadership skills with an evaluation quiz. Take it, ...
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    How to Shake Off the Mistakes

    How to Shake Off the Mistakes
    I've been on the fire department for over a year now. Another group of recruits has come through our academy since then, and they've been out running calls for months. Another recruit class is currently in session, and I'm even starting to help with their training. I feel like I've come a long way. It's always when you feel that way ...
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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

    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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    The Final Interview: Passing the Oral Boards

    The Final Interview: Passing the Oral Boards
    Introduction In the past half a century, the role of firefighters has changed a great deal. There was a time when the business of fighting fires was not as involved as it is today. The job mainly consisted of was cleaning fire engines, taking care of the station and answering phones, and then rushing to an emergency when duty called. While ...
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    Sample Oral Board Questions

    Worried about your firefighter oral board interview? First, take the proper amount of time to prepare. Being well-prepared will boost your confidence and lower your anxiety. Experts recommend that you spend at least three hours preparing for each interview. You should draft answers to the most common interview questions and practice speaking them out loud. You also should read up ...
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    Breathing During Exercise and Daily Activity

    This week, I received an email from an Army Soldier who was having a difficult time running a few months ago. His breathing patterns were so erratic that he was basically hyperventilating while running his two mile PFT run. Once he started breathing properly as well as exhaling FULLY, he was able to perform better in the run – not only ...
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    Achieving Goals of Fitness and Health

    Nearly on a daily basis, people young and old confide in me with their fitness goals. Too many of these goals are extremely broad and lack focus and many are too narrow in scope and require more elements to succeed. For example, broad goals are “getting healthy again” or “losing weight”. These can require some to stop over-eating, smoking, drinking soda ...
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    Run Faster

    I received several e-mails last week about running faster. A few requested workouts for their 1.5 mile, 2 mile or three mile PFT runs and several were runners who compete 5K and 10K races on the weekends. Since all these distances use relatively the same training philosophy - short distance , faster pace - I decided to answer them all ...
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    Step 10: Getting Membership

    Step 10: Getting Membership
    Congratulations on getting on a volunteer department! Hopefully, by reading through this guide you have gained some helpful knowledge to help you not only become a volunteer firefighter, but to help you along your career as well. Now that you are a part of the department, it’s time to really show what you’ve got. Keep demonstrating that you are interested in ...
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    Last Surviving American WWI Vet, Dies at Age 110

    Last Surviving American WWI Vet, Dies at Age 110
    CHARLES TOWN, W. VA - A chapter of American History has officially closed. Frank Buckles, the last surviving American veteran of World War I, died of natural causes Sunday at the age of 110 in his Charles Town, W. Va., home, a family spokesman said in a statement. Eager to serve his country and escape the tedium of farm life in ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Fastest Growing First Response Careers

    What Should Your Career Path Be? FireLink has reviewed hundreds of job forecasts detailed in the US government’s 2010-2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook to bring you a list of what labor experts believe to be the fastest growing fire and rescue careers of the next decade. Whether you are working to get into first response or want to make sure you ...
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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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