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1. Fire Prep Topics of Interest – Got Facebook?  Be Careful!

While this issue has been discussed on this forum on occasion, this is a good reminder to all - current and future fire service personnel, to be very mindful about what they post on such internet social sites or websites.

If you have a picture of yourself in department uniform or with a department patch or logo (basically something that ties you to the department via a picture), don't be surprised if your department attempts to regulate the photos. I don't think we've even seen the beginning of such regulation or even problems occurring because of such posts.

Yes - a few folks will ruin it for the majority. I heard of a situation recently where two separate firefighters (separate situations) placed photos of themselves or others in department uniforms (logo showing) on their social networking pages - and the pictures DID NOT represent the department in a positive way. Now, the hammer has come down and all members are required to sign a new policy stating they won't post the department logo or represent themselves as a department member in photos.

The sad part is there is a great opportunity to post positive pictures, such as personnel on a strike team assignment, personnel training or just posing around the fire station. However, thanks to the actions of a few, the majority will suffer. The sad part is when you hear stories of the individuals not really getting what the big deal is and saying the department can't regulate what they do.

Well, they can and they do - especially when it comes to representing and upholding the good name of the fire department.

The sad part is that many folks do not have a built in "edit feature" and cannot distinguish between appropriate and not appropriate; they let their emotions get in the way of any rational thinking.

For folks who are attempting to get hired, this is really a wake-up call to take the time to have an objective person look at what you've posted on such websites to see if it meets the reasonable person standard, or the fire chief standard (picture yourself as a fire chief - would you proud to find this future firefighter portraying themselves on their website in this specific fashion, whatever it is???).

Now for those that think fire departments should only punish those who cause problems, and let people do what they want, realize that isn't easy as it sounds. Yes, I agree we shouldn't have policies to regulate every waking hour of the day.

However, in my experience across the country, I've seen or heard about numerous personnel problems that were going to lead to some form of discipline, but were thrown out or reduced because some attorneys or union officials have told the fire department administration "you don't have a policy stating that my client cannot do that." Good Lord - there is no possible way to have a policy for every possible situation - that would be crazy.

But, in today's lawsuit happy world, that's what fire department administrations get stuck having to do - create policies to try and address things that may occur, especially those that have possible negative consequences for the department in the way of public relations, law suits, etc.

Just some thoughts as this will become a huge issue; remember - it's ok to remain under the radar......

Steve Prziborowski

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North Royalton Fire Department

7000 Royalton Road

North Royalton, OH 44133

Cuyahoga County

440-237-7457 – fax

Position: Firefighter/Paramedic

Last Filing Date:   April 10, 2009

Requirements: A Civil Service Commission competitive entrance examination will be given to ESTABLISH AN ELIGIBILITY LIST for the position of FIREFIGHTER/PARAMEDIC. Salary - $47,096.00 plus benefits. Written examination will be given on Wednesday, APRIL 22, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. at the North Royalton High School, Cafeteria #2, 14713 Ridge Road, North Royalton. Proper identification (Drivers License/picture I.D.) required for admittance.

Applications may be picked up at North Royalton City Hall Mayor's Office, 13834 Ridge Road, North Royalton, Ohio weekdays between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2009 – Friday, April 10, 2009. APPLICATIONS ARE NOT MAILED OUT. Completed applications with all necessary attachments must be returned, IN PERSON, by the deadline date of April 10, 2009, 4:00 p.m. with a non-refundable filing fee of $25.00.

QUALIFICATIONS: Must be a U.S. citizen; possess a valid Drivers License; possess a High School Diploma or equivalent (ie. G.E.D.); must be a minimum of 18 years of age. ALL APPLICANTS must be a CERTIFIED PARAMEDIC (State of Ohio or National Registry) at time of filing application. Individual must retain Ohio Paramedic certification for duration of employment with the City. Applicants must present current Physical Agility Test Certification from Tri-C Fire Academy. If you do not possess a certificate, contact 216-987-5429 to schedule for the April 5, 2009 test (deadline April 1st).

Candidates must achieve a minimum passing grade of 70% on the written exam. Applicants achieving the minimum passing grade will receive extra credit upon proof presented as defined in the Application Packet. Any candidate eligible for consideration for appointment must submit to polygraph exam and background investigation, must pass a psychological exam and medical exam (including drug testing). Additional required information may be found at

All individuals appointed to a position in the North Royalton Fire Department shall be a resident of the area bounded by Interstate 480 to the North; U.S. Route 21 to the East; Route 18 to the South; and Route 252 to the West within one year after the members date of hire.

Contact: City of North Royalton, Mayors Office

13834 Ridge Road

North Royalton, OH 44133



Youngstown Fire Department

420 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd

Youngstown, OH 44502

Mahoning County

330-747-0094 – fax

Position: Firefighter

Last Filing Date:   April 10, 2009

Requirements: Applications Accepted From March 23, 2009 Through April 10, 2009 

Civil Service Commission Of Youngstown –Firefighter

Youngstown, Ohio Fire Department – Salary: $24,000.00

No persons shall be eligible to receive an original appointment as a firefighter, unless that person has reached the age of eighteen (18). No person shall be eligible to receive an original appointment as a firefighter on or after the person's thirty-fourth (34th) birthday per
Youngstown City Ordinance ORD 04-239, effective October 23, 2004. Applicants must have a valid Ohio Drivers License. Applicants must be a resident of Youngstown when appointed or must become a resident within 24 months of appointment to the position. Applicants who pass the written exam will be required to pass a comprehensive job-related fitness/agility test, including climbing a 100-feet ladder. Bonus points will be added to passing scores (70%) for the following:
(1) Honorably Discharged Military Veterans – 20%; (2) 240- Hour Firefighter Level II Certification - 20%; (3) Paramedic/EMT Certification – 10%. The maximum combined bonus
points that one applicant can earn is 20%. To request bonus points, applicants must submit proof of eligibility by the close of the application period. Applications accepted at the Youngstown Civil Service Commission Office, 7th floor, City Hall, Youngstown, Ohio, from March 23, 2009, through April 10, 2009.

Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Examination will be given on Saturday, April 18, 2009, starting at 10:00 a.m., at the Choffin Career and Technical Center, 200 E. Wood Street Youngstown, Ohio. For further information, call (330) 742-8798.


Orange County Fire Authority

180 South Water Street

Orange, CA 92666

Orange County

714-538-8359 – fax

Position: Firefighter Trainee

Last Filing Date:   May 8, 2009


  • 18 years of age by date specified in the recruitment bulletin
  • Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent by date specified in the recruitment bulletin
  • Possession of a California driver's license or the ability to obtain one by the date of appointment
  • Applications Accepted - May 7 & 8, 2009 ONLY (48 Hours)
  • Written Exam - June 20, 2009
  • Panel Interviews - August 2009

Contact: Orange County Fire Authority, Attn: Human Resources

1 Fire Authority Road

PO Box 57115

Irvine, CA 92602



South San Francisco Fire Department

33 Arroyo Drive, Ste F

South San Francisco, CA 94080

San Mateo County

650-829-3954 – fax

Position: Paramedic Firefighter

Last Filing Date:   April 10, 2009

Licenses and Certificates: (Copies of all licenses and certificates must be provided at time at application).
1. Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California Driver's license.
2. Ability to obtain an appropriate Class B California driver's license to drive fire apparatus.
3. Possession of current certification or successful completion of the equivalent of the following:
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) curriculum or Pediatric Education for the Pre-hospital Provider (PEPP) curriculum.

Starting Salary:

$ 6,644.00

Top Salary:

$ 8,481.00


City of South San Francisco, Human Resources

PO Box 711

400 Grand Avenue

South San Francisco, CA 94083



Waco Fire Department

Po Box 2570

Waco, TX 76702

Mclennan County

817-750-5724 – fax

Position: Entry Level Firefighter

Last Filing Date:   April 8, 2009

The Civil Service exam and physical agility test is scheduled for Saturday, April 18, 2009. The Civil Service list will be good for one year from test date and is used for all Fire Department hiring. TO COMPLETE AN APPLICATION, YOU MUST ATTACH COPIES OF ALL THE FOLLOWING: High School Diploma or GED Certificate; Valid TX Driver's license; DD-214 (if applicable) for military points; Official Examination Grade Report from the Texas Commission of Fire Protection or Certification; and Valid Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certification. APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN 5:00PM ON Wednesday, April 08, 2009.

Drivers License: Valid Class C Texas DL

Education: High school diploma or equivalent is required.
Experience: Must have completed Fire Academy Training.
Certifications: Valid Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B) Certification & Official Examination Grade Report from the Texas Commission of Fire Protection or Certification.
Testing: Civil Service Exam and Physical Agility Test scheduled for Saturday, April 18, 2009.
Physical Demands: Very heavy

Starting Salary:

$ 39,938.00


Waco Fire Administration

1016 Columbus Avenue

Waco, TX 76701

jobline 254-750-5743


Brevard County Fire And Rescue

2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way

Viera, FL 32940

Brevard County


Position: Fire Medic I

Last Filing Date:   May 31, 2009

Special Instructions: Position open until filled

Requirements: Requirements: *** High School diploma or equivalency. *** Valid Florida Driver's license, Class "E" or higher. *** Current certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support. *** Current American Heart Association or American Safety and Health Institute Basic Life Support "C" certification. *** Florida State Fire Fighter Certificate of Compliance or Letter of Completion from the State of Florida Bureau of Fire Standards and Training. *** Current certification as a Florida Paramedic. *** Applicants will be required to take and pass, with a score of 70% or better, two (2) written exams based on the following texts, I.F.S.T.A. Essentials of Fire Fighting. Fourth Edition (Brady); Prehospital Emergency Care, Fifth Edition (Hafen/Karren/Mistovich); Paramedic Emergency Care, Third Edition (Bledsoe/Porter/Shade). *** Applicants will also be required to successfully complete a "Physical Agility" assessment, Essential Functions Test and an emergency medical practical exam. *** Applicants must be able to successfully complete a criminal, driver's license, and personal background investigation conducted by Brevard County or another agency. *** Applicants must be able to successfully complete a current NFPA 1582 compliant physical exam and be found Fit for Duty under those guidelines. *** In the event of a hurricane, major storm, natural or man made disaster that may threaten the area, full-time permanent employees will be required to assist in the performance of essential functions as described in the Brevard County Emergency Management Plan.
Number of Months Application is Kept: 6 months

Starting Salary: $ 35,761.22

Contact: Board of County Commissioners

Office of Human Resources

2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Bldg B, Room 209

Viera, FL 32940



Daytona Beach Fire Dept

301 South Beach Street

Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Volusia County

386-671-4005 – fax

Position: Firefighter/Paramedic

Last Filing Date:   April 24, 2009

Special Instructions: Position open until filled

Requirements: High school diploma or GED; supplemented by vocational/technical training in water treatment; supplemented by one (1) to two (2) years previous experience and/or training involving water treatment and/or construction experience; ability to access, retrieve and compile information using a computer and/or SCADA system.

Requires a State of Florida Class "C" Water Plant Operator License. Requires possession of and the ability to maintain a valid State of Florida driver's license.

Starting Salary: $592.33 - 1024.53

Contact: Daytona Beach City Hall

301 South Ridgewood Avenue

Daytona Beach, FL 32114


Tampa Fire Department

808 E Zack Street

Tampa, FL 33602

Hillsborough County

813-227-7026 – fax

Position: Firefighter

Last Filing Date:   April 24, 2009

Special Instructions: Position open until filled

Annual leave, sick leave; paid holidays; medical and life insurance; tuition reimbursement (after 1-year probation.) The first (4) weeks of employment are spent in advanced training at 40 hrs. per week; on completion, employees are assigned to a station and a 48-hour work week.


Minimum Age: 18 years.

Education: High-school or an equivalency certificate issued by a State Board of Education.

* Possession of a State of Florida Firefighter Certificate of Compliance.
*     Possession of a Paramedic or EMT-Basic Certificate as issued by the State of Florida 

       Department of Health.

*     Possession of a valid Florida Driver's License.

For out-of-state Firefighter Certification challenges, contact the Florida State Fire College in Ocala at 352/369-2800, ext. 72810. For out-of-state EMT/Paramedic challenges, contact the Florida State EMS office in Tallahassee at 850/245-4440.
Note: Candidates must be non-users of tobacco or tobacco products for at least one (1) year, and will continue to be non-users of tobacco or tobacco products while on or off duty for the duration of their employment per F.S. 633.34 and International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Bargaining Agreement, Article 27.5, as evidenced by a sworn affidavit of the applicant.
For continued employment with Tampa Fire Rescue, Florida Paramedic Certification is required within 3 years of employment.

    1. State of Florida FF Certificate of Compliance

    2. State of Florida EMT-Basic Certificate.

    3. High-School Diploma or equivalent.

    4. Birth Certificate

    5. DD214 - Military Discharge Form (if applicable)

    6. Valid Florida Driver's License or any Fla. Commercial Driver's License.

NOTE: The required documents must be submitted and verified before eligibility is established.
Evaluation of training and experience

Physical Agility Testing (pass/fail) - Date to be Scheduled. Qualified applicants will be notified.

(PAT is a series of tasks representing what Firefighters do while performing in the line of duty.)

Background Investigation
TO APPLY: Applications will be received and processed in the Employment Services Division, City Hall, 315 E. Kennedy Blvd., 2nd Floor, (corner of Kennedy Blvd. and Florida Avenue). Preference in appointment will be extended to eligible veterans and, in some instances, spouses of eligible veterans. To receive Veterans Preference, documentation of status must be submitted at the time of application.



- Applications will be reviewed for overall qualifications, relevant training and experience.
- Eligible candidates will be required to successfully pass a physical agility test.
- The most qualified candidates will participate in a pre-employment screening process that includes an oral interview board, background investigation, and polygraph examination.
- Conditional offer of employment will be given pending a psychological evaluation, medical examination and drug screening.


Starting Salary:  $ 35,243.52

Top Salary: $ 66,693.12


City of Tampa, City Hall

315 East Kennedy Blvd.

Tampa, FL 33602

813-274-8911 2


Knoxville Fire Department

900 Hill Avenue, Ste 430

Knoxville, TN 37915

Knox County

865-595-4482 – fax

Position: Firefighter Recruit

Last Filing Date:   April 9, 2009


Firefighters are Salaried Employees

The Current Annual Salary for Entry-Level Firefighter Recruit is $29,034.00 (during academy)

The Target Annual Salary for Entry-Level Firefighter Recruit for July 2009 is $30,117 (during academy)

The Current Annual Salary for Entry-Level Firefighter is $29,760.00 (after graduation from academy)
The Target Annual Salary for Entry-Level Firefighter for July 2009 is $30,870.00 (after graduation from academy)

Closing Date: Thursday, April 09, 2009

Examination Date: Saturday, May 02, 2009 by appointment only

All applications must be submitted to the Civil Service Office or postmarked by Thursday, April 09, 2009



All applicants must possess the following minimum qualifications by April 09, 2009. All supporting documents must be submitted by the examination date of Saturday, May 02, 2009.

AGE: Applicants must have reached his/her 18th birthday by April 09, 2009. Applicants should submit the birth certificate with the application.
EDUCATION: High School graduate or equivalency. A diploma or certificate should be submitted with the application.
DRIVER'S LICENSE: All applicants are required to possess or be able to obtain a valid Tennessee Driver's License.
All persons who apply or reapply must successfully complete the written exam and physical performance test in order to become eligible or to remain eligible.
SUBJECTS ON Following Instructions, Reading Comprehension, Depth Perception, Mechanical Aptitude, Math
WRITTEN TEST: Emergencies, and Effective Working Relations.
Prior to final selection and appointment, all applicants must also submit to, and be approved by the following procedures:

  • Drug and Alcohol Testing
  • Background Investigation (including polygraph examination)
  • Extensive Physical Examination
  • Selected applicants may be required to take a psychological examination

Contact: City of Knoxville

Civil Service Department

400 Main Street, Ste 569

Knoxville, TN 37902



 Winston-Salem Fire Department

725 North Cherry Street

Winston-Salem, NC 27102

Forsyth County

336-773-7974 – fax

Position: Firefighter

Last Filing Date:   April 17, 2009

Special Instructions: Position open until filled
High School diploma or equivalent.

Successfully complete a physical agility test and pass drug test and receive an acceptable background check.

Upon hiring, personnel, personnel must successfully complete basic fire training which includes obtaining a NC Fire fighter Level II certification an d an EMT-D medical certification.

The following areas will be covered in recruit school but not limited to these areas;

General knowledge of firefighting techniques, procedures and mechanics as applied to fire suppression; some knowledge of the principles of hydraulics as applied to fire suppression; Tools and equipment, ventilation, overhaul, forcible entry, ladder training, live burn exercises, fire prevention, alarm systems, airway management, patient assessment, medical emergencies, vital signs, trauma management, pediatrics, geriatrics, cardiac emergencies.

General knowledge of the street system and physical layout of the City;
general knowledge of the operation and maintenance of firefighting equipment and apparatus and ability to operate such equipment safely and effectively.
Ability to obtain possession of a valid North Carolina class B driver's license within 30 days of completion of recruit school.

Prefer 20 years of age or older.

Starting Salary: $ 29,040.00

Contact: City of Winston-Salem

Human Resources Department

101 North Main Street, Suite 53

Winston-Salem, NC 27101



Rock Hill Fire Department

214 South Elizabeth Lane

Rock Hill, SC 29730

York County

803-329-8716 – fax

Position: Firefighter I

Last Filing Date:   April 17, 2009

Special Instructions: This position is open until filled

A high school diploma is required. Previous training or experience in firefighting is helpful. The equivalent combination of education and related work experience may be considered.

A valid S.C. driver's license is required.

Starting Salary: $ 28,974.00

Top Salary: $ 40,560.00

Contact: City of Rock Hill

Personnel Office

155 Johnston Street

Rock Hill, SC 29730



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