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    Pushups for Time - Pushups to the Extreme!

    This week I received a fun email from a former Marine who likes to push himself still and those around him. He writes: Stew, I have been using your workouts to get my pushups up to 100 in 2 minutes (as a Marine we focused on pullups as you know) and got it last week. Now I an thinking of doing ...
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    Step 5: What to Expect Your First Year

    Step 5: What to Expect Your First Year
    This is dependent on the type of service you are in. Most fire based services run a 24 on and either a 48 or 72 off schedule. Some do a 24 on, 24 off, 24 on, 24 off than 4 days off. Typically, the fire based services work an average of 8 days a month. Some EMS departments run this type ...
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    Step 2: Assessment Centers - Tactical Scene Scenarios

    Step 2: Assessment Centers - Tactical Scene Scenarios
    The tactical scene scenario can be one major event, a series of smaller events, or a combination of all of the above. It can be interactive or non-interactive. In an interactive scenario a candidate is given a radio and is expected to give on scene report (size up), assume command, name the location of the command post, request resources, and make ...
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    Step 2: Assessment Centers - Oral Interview

    Step 2: Assessment Centers - Oral Interview
    The oral presentations are probably the most overlooked part of the promotional exam. This is ironic because studies show that our greatest fear is to speak in front of a group. From the department’s perspective it is important to promote people who can speak in front of a group. The higher the rank, the more public speaking you will be expected ...
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    Step 2: Assessment Centers - Employee Counseling Session

    Step 2: Assessment Centers - Employee Counseling Session
    One of the most challenging parts of any supervisor’s job is dealing with employees. In the fire service we are particularly poor at imposing discipline on our members. Since we live, eat, sleep and work together for long periods of time, supervisors are reluctant to address poor performance. It is important to remember that the fire department is held to the ...
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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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    Step 1: Learn about the Fire and Rescue Industry

    Step 1: Learn about the Fire and Rescue Industry
    So you want to start a new career in the Fire and Rescue industry, but you don’t know where to begin? The first step in becoming a volunteer firefighter is to research the industry. For several hundred years volunteer firefighters have protected their communities. Because they rely heavily on donations and neighborhood involvement, a good chunk of a volunteer firefighter’s time ...
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    Step 2: Desire

    Step 2: Desire
    In this industry you have to have the will and the desire to get the job done, whatever that job may be. You may have to spend hours training with your department in new firefighting techniques and styles. You may have to fight for one more ounce of strength as you battle endless, angry flames during a call. You may have ...
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    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 ...
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    Firefighter Origins

    Firefighter Origins
    My brother is a firefighter. I used to say that a lot. Somebody would ask about my family at a social gathering, and I'd go down the list: my dad's in the travel industry, my youngest siblings are still in high school, and my brother is a firefighter. No big deal, everybody does SOMETHING with their lives, but to me my ...
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    9 Reasons EMS Rules

    In a very basic sense, emergency response is a profession of total selflessness. Being a first responder means giving of yourself, without asking anything in return, and this is what EMS professionals all over the world do every day. You never know what you’re going to get at the beginning of a shift. You might respond to a cat-in-a-tree call, ...
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    Becoming a Firefighter: The Two-Year Plan

    *If still in high school look into a Regional Occupational Program (ROP).* Many local fire departments have community outreach recruitment programs. *Graduate from high school or obtain your GED.* A diploma is much preferred. *Talk with a counselor at a community college that offers fire science courses.* Set up a course curriculum that allows you to obtain a two-year degree in ...
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    What It Takes To Land A Job

    What It Takes To Land A Job
    Landing a job in the fire service is truly a unique challenge. On average, there are over 100 candidates who apply for each opening. Since the competition is so intense, what does it take to be the top candidate? [widget:flywheel_links] Many candidates believe it is important to be the "most qualified" individual in the testing process. The truth is that we ...
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    Rappelling into Hell: Helitack Firefighters

    Rappelling into Hell: Helitack Firefighters
    Rappelling 50 to 200 feet from a helicopter into remote, rugged country near a roaring wildfire might sound like part of the plot for a Sylvester Stallone action flick. But it’s all in a day’s work now for the Santa Fe National Forest helitack crew. Helitack stands for "helicopter-delivered fire resources,"and is the system of managing and utilizing choppers and their ...
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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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    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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    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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    Diving into the Fire: The Life of a Smokejumper

    Diving into the Fire: The Life of a Smokejumper
    SMOKEJUMPERS Skydiving into a hot zone is sometimes the only way to access a remote area and fight a fire. It’s a dangerous job but someone has to do it before the fire spreads any further. The people who do this are called smokejumpers. Equipped with a parachute and firefighting gear, they go in and try to control the fire until ...
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