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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 3: Navigating the Hiring Process

    Step 3: Navigating the Hiring Process
    One positive component of volunteering is the opportunity to meet people. Also, if you volunteer in a combination departments you get to see the inner workings of the department before you apply. More importantly you get to have face time with people who can help you along the way. Look for someone to mentor you. Read the numerous trade journals and ...
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    Step 4: Preparing for the Job

    Step 4: Preparing for the Job
    Okay, you got hired…now what? Well, that depends on the type of job. If you are going to be a fire based medic, you will probably have to go through the fire academy for up to 12 weeks. One of the conditions of hiring being hired was probably a pretty strict physical, back-ground examination as well as having to pass the ...
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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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    Firefighting and What It Means to Put Family First

    Firefighting is often touted as rewarding, challenging, demanding, and exciting. These descriptors are all factual, but there's one thing that's often not on the list that is equally true about any career in emergency response: it's addictive. Maybe not in the same way that some chemicals are habit-forming, but those feelings of excitement and camaraderie you get during a good call ...
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    Trama - Not a Television Show

    What's more exciting than flashing lights and wailing sirens? How cool is it to watch unusually attractive paramedics involved in desperate love triangles fiercely pound on the chests of accident victims and perform last minute emergency tracheotomies?  Look out!  It's another Tension pneumothorax!  Phew, saved the day again! Sometimes I think the media we consume really messes with our expectations.  Trauma ...
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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 2: Assessment Centers - In-Basket Exercise

    Step 2: Assessment Centers - In-Basket Exercise
    The in-basket exercise has been around forever and is one of my favorites. A candidate is given a list of items that must be addressed within a certain time frame. He or she is asked to prioritize the items and justify his reasons to the panel. It’s up to the candidate to determine what is important, and what is urgent. The ...
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    Step 3: Oral Presentations

    Step 3: Oral Presentations
    Your oral presentation is an important part of the promotion assessment. Here's a quick and dirty list of possible scenarios you should have nailed down before you are presented with the real deal. It is important to speak clearly, initiate eye contact with your audience, and speak genuinely and concisely. Don't be afraid to jot down notes, there's nothing worse than ...
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    Firefighter's Words: I Wish You Could Know

    I wish you could know what it is like to search a burning bedroom for trapped children at 3 AM, flames rolling above your head, your palms and knees burning as you crawl, the floor sagging under your weight as the kitchen below you burns. I wish you could comprehend a wife's horror at 6 in the morning as I check ...
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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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    Q&A Feature: Am I Too Old to Become a Firefighter?

    Q&A Feature: Am I Too Old to Become a Firefighter?
    Q: I'm 45 and just now realizing that I want to become a firefighter. Will a department even consider me because of my age? A: Everyone has an opinion of age when it comes to hiring new firefighters. Some people feel that a younger candidate has a better chance of getting hired because, after all, the fire departments are looking to ...
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    Five Steps To Becoming a Firefighter - Download the Ebook

    Five Steps To Becoming a Firefighter - Download the Ebook
    Due to popular demand, FireLink's Five Steps To Becoming a Firefighter is also available as a downloadable ebook. This ebook can be downloaded and printed to read at your convenience. Written and reviewed by experts in the fire and rescue community, Five Steps To Becoming a Firefighter has over 25 pages of invaluable information to set you on the right path ...
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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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    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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    Firefighter's Words: Haunting Memories

    Last night, I stayed up until 4 AM and then tonight as I started to log off at 4:32 AM I thought I could tell you what I remember although I can not tell you what year it was or where exactly on the street. But, it was my first memory of fire and has haunted me for all these years. ...
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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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    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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