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1. Fire Prep Topics of Interest – Using Your Faith In The Interview Process

I think being a person of faith helps tremendously in this job. In my experience it helps people dig a little deeper when they need to.  We see a lot of things nobody wants to see.  We go into very emotional, sad situations on calls on a daily basis.  My department has lost more on duty and recently retired people in the last few years than a department five times our size should.  But through it all you need to find a way to deal with it and still be a good parent and spouse.

Also being of faith seems to give most people a moral compass, a code of honor that keeps us out of trouble, and helps them in decision making.  Firefighters have the time, money, and ability to get into a lot of trouble.  The girls all know how hot we are.

But where it doesn't help is in your interview.  I have had a lot of people that wanted to share their faith in their interviews.  Make no mistake, it does not belong there.  I asked one guy tell me about himself.  He started with, "Hi I'm bill and the most important thing about me is my faith in Jesus Christ".  Now I believed him, but it could doom an interview to present yourself like that.  The fact that he is a man of faith will help him in other parts of the interview.  Just about every person I have worked with that has a strong belief system, comes with lots of volunteer work, a clean record, and a true wish to be a good person.

I have had two guys tell me that they wanted to be firefighters because their moms were nuns.  They wanted to share how their mothers' example had encouraged them.  Go figure that one out.

Last year I coached at least 15 people that were Mormon, most of them wanted to talk at length about their bike riding mission trip when they turned 18.  I told them I didn't think it was a good idea, but that the volunteer work they had done would help a lot.  One of them said that almost half of the department he was testing for was LDS.  My comment was that you may have a person on your panel that has had a bad experience.  If the LDS presence in the department is that strong he may have a B/C, Captain, and firefighter that are Mormon and he doesn't want to hear from another one.  It isn't going to get you a job, not even a point, and could cause you problems, so why bring it up?

I had another guy a few years ago that used his home phone as his main number.  The problem was that his father had a "Fire and Brimstone, you are all sinners and going to hell if you don't get on your knees right now" message on the recorder that went for more than five minutes before you could leave a message.  Imagine if a background investigator, chief or the psychologist called to set up a meeting and heard that, it could be a problem.

Please don't get me wrong, I don't want anyone to feel they have to hide their faith, but it isn't something we are looking to discuss in your interview; you should have lots of other stuff to fill your interview with.  Most departments have a policy against discussing politics and religion in the fire stations, for good reason.  It would be the same as telling the panel if you were a Democrat or Republican, it is something that is important to you, but should be kept to yourself in your interview.

Thanks to Capt Rob Smith, Entry-Level Author and Speaker, for his great insight into the oral interview process.  For more information, contact Capt Rob:

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Every time we post a new listing, we verify the information and verify links to the department. We search newspapers all over the nation daily to provide you with the most current job listings available.

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Bay Village & Rocky River, Ohio Fire Departments

28100 Wolf Road
Bay Village, OH 44140

Cuyahoga County

440-871-3787 - fax

Position: Firefighter/Paramedic

Last Filing Date:   June 12, 2009

Requirements: The City of Rocky River and the City of Bay Village Civil Service Commissions will hold a joint competitive written exam for the position of Fire Fighter/Paramedic on Saturday, June 27, 2009, from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. for future openings and to establish eligibility lists. Competitive starting salary and complete benefits package.

Must have Physical Agility Test Certificate from Cuyahoga Community College valid as of test date and at time of appointment, if any. CCC special test date of May 31, 2009, available.

Applications will be accepted online only. For online application and testing information, visit , call 1-800-343.HIRE with questions, or e-mail before the deadline. Applications and supporting documents must by submitted by noon on Friday, June 12, to Public Safety Recruitment, Attn.: RR/BV, 1127 Mannheim Road, Suite 203, Westchester, IL 60154.

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1127 Mannheim Road, Suite 203
Westchester, IL 60154

Upper Arlington Fire Division
3600 Tremont Road
Arlington, OH 43221

Franklin County

614-457-6620 - fax

Position: Firefighter

Last Filing Date:   July 17, 2009

Special Instructions: OPENS JULY 6, 2009

QUALIFICATIONS: high school graduate and able to pass a Civil Service written examination, physical capability test, background investigation, and drug screen.

AGE RESTRICTION: 18th birthday by day of appointment (may take exam if 17).

BASE SALARY: Starting $36,733; $57,926 after 3 years

WRITTEN EXAMINATION: 7/25/09, location and time assigned at application registration.

APPLICATIONS: to be filed in person 7/6-7/17/09, M-F, 8-5, Human Resources, Upper Arlington Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington, Ohio (

Individuals with disabilities who require a reasonable accommodation in order to take the test should inform the City by August 31. The City may request that documentation of the need of accommodation accompany this request.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Starting Salary: $ 36,773.00

Top Salary: $ 57,926.00

Contact: Human Resources
City Managers Office
3600 Tremont Road
Upper Arlington, OH 43221

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Jacksonville Beach Fire Department
325-2nd Avenue South
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

Duval County

904-247-6155 - fax

Position: Firefighter/EMT/Paramedic

Last Filing Date:   June 26, 2009

Special Instructions: Position open until filled


Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school. Must be certified in the State of Florida as Fire Fighter & EMT prior to application.


Possession of an appropriate State of Florida driver's license.

Must be certified by the State of Florida as a Fire Fighter and emergency medical technician.

Must be a non-user of tobacco.

Desirable Training and Experience:

Some knowledge of fire fighting techniques and procedures as applied to fire suppression; some knowledge of fire prevention and pre-planning strategies and techniques; some knowledge of emergency medical techniques and procedures; ability to learn technical fire fighting principles and techniques and principles of hydraulics as applied to fire suppression; some knowledge of the street system and physical layout of the city; some knowledge of hazardous materials and accident extrication principles and techniques; ability to swim, work at heights and in confined spaces; ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees and the general public; possession of mechanical aptitude; physical endurance and agility.

Benefits:  Medical, Dental, Life; Retirement; Vacation, Sick, Holidays, Personal Leave; Tuition Reimbursement and more . . .

Starting Salary: $ 34,186.00

Contact: City of Jacksonville Beach
11 North 3rd Street
Jacksonville Beach, TN 32250
904-247-6100 ext 4

Monterey Park Fire Department
320 West Newmark Avenue
Monterey Park, CA 91754

Los Angeles County

626-307-1381 - fax


Position: Firefighter (Paramedic)

Last Filing Date:   June 30, 2009


CITY OF MONTEREY PARK announces a job opening for FIREFIGHTER (with Paramedic Certification)

SALARY: $62,040 - $75,408 annually, plus up to 15% paramedic bonus and excellent benefits, including $150 per month for a qualified second language. (Effective 1/09 salary $62,664 - $76,164.)

DEADLINE: Continuous Recruitment, may close at any time without prior notice. Completed City applications, including any related educational or training documents must be submitted to: City of Monterey Park Human Resources Department, 320 W. Newmark Ave., Monterey Park, CA 91754 within the filing period. Faxes and postmarks are not accepted.

Education: High school diploma or equivalent, supplemented by college level courses in Fire Science. Graduation from a California State Fire Marshal accredited Fire Academy or a Firefighter I certificate from the California State Fire Marshal is required at time of application.

Physical Requirements - This position requires heavy lifting, carrying, climbing, pushing, pulling, stooping, bending, & exposure to extreme heat, flammable liquids, hazardous gases, smoke, explosions, chemicals, electrical hazards, faulty structures & inclement weather.

Licenses/Certificates - Possession of a current EMT-Paramedic certification from the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians with the ability to obtain a Los Angeles County Paramedic accreditation within 2 months of appointment is required. Possession of a State of California Paramedic License or graduation from a California State approved paramedic program. A valid California Class C drivers license is required at time of appointment. A Class B drivers license & successful completion of Certified Pump Operator training within the 18-month probationary period is required. Maintenance of all required licenses & certificates is a continuing condition of employment.


Applications submitted without any one of the following will be considered incomplete, and will not be processed. There will be no exceptions.

1. Diploma from a California State Fire Marshal accredited Fire Academy or California State Fire Marshal Firefighter 1 Certificate.

2. Paramedic Certification from the National Register of Emergency Medical Technicians or a State of California Paramedic License.

3. Proof of passing the C-PAT or Los Angeles & Orange County Area Fire Chiefs Physical Agility Test within one year of application.

SELECTION PROCESS: Candidates whose education & experience appear to best meet the City's current needs will be invited to an Oral Board Interview. A written examination may be included in the process.

The following testing information is provided for the applicants convenience. It is the applicants responsibility to confirm test dates, times, & pre-register by contacting the colleges directly. Any costs associated with taking the examinations are the responsibility of the applicant.

The Los Angeles & Orange County Area Fire Chiefs Physical Agility Test can be taken at: Mount San Antonio College (909) 594-5611 ext. 5145 or 3025; Rio Hondo Community College (562) 692-0921 ext. 3140 or 3143; Santa Ana College (714) 564-6845. Additional information may be obtained by calling (626) 307-1334 or on the web at: All newly hired Firefighters are required to sign a three (3) year contract with the City of Monterey Park. The City of Monterey Park is an Equal Opportunity Employer. After a conditional job offer is made, the candidate must pass a thorough background investigation and pre-employment medical examination, including a drug/alcohol screen and a psychological evaluation. Applicants with legal disabilities who require special testing arrangements must contact the Human Resources Department at least five (5) days prior to the examination date.

Contact: City of Monterey Park, Human Resources Department

320 West Newmark Avenue

Monterey Park, CA 91754


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Decatur Fire Department
1415 North Water Street
Decatur, IL 62526

Macon County

217-424-2792 - fax

Position: Firefighter

Last Filing Date:   July 24, 2009

Requirements:   Applications are available on this website or at the Human Resources Division, Department of Management Services, Second Floor, Decatur Civic Center, #1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza, Decatur, Illinois 62523, and must be returned or postmarked by Friday, July 24, 2009.

Selection of candidates will be made according to the Civil Service laws for cities, as modified by the City Code of the City of Decatur, Illinois.


To be eligible to take part in the examination process for fire fighter, applicants must possess the following qualifications:

1. Applicants at the time of examination, must not be less than 21 years of age or over 34 years of age; provided, however, that in cases where an applicant has had special training or experience in fire related work, the Commission may, at its discretion, accept applicants 35 years of age or older with one year of increased age allowed for each year of training or experience. The maximum of such age allowance shall be 4 years.

2. Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
3. Applicants must have no felony convictions.

At time of appointment, a Fire Fighter must have the ability to obtain a valid Class "B (non-CDL)" Illinois driver's license. Within the probationary period, the applicant shall be able to acquire Certification at the Fire Fighter II level as prescribed by the Personnel Standards Division of the State Fire Marshal's Office. Obtaining Illinois Department of Public Health licensure to the EMT intermediate level shall be required for all applicants with such licensing being maintained by departmental guidelines. Applicants should possess physical strength and agility sufficient to perform strenuous work under adverse weather conditions, be able to climb ladders and work at considerable heights and be able to think and act quickly in emergency situations.

Employees must establish residency within 40 miles of the corporate limits of the City of Decatur within 90 days following the completion of their probationary period. This position requires a one-year probationary period.

Starting Salary: $ 47,105.00

Top Salary: $ 60,113.00

Contact: City of Decatur
Human Resources Division
One Gary K. Anderson Plaza
Decatur, IL 62523

Wichita Fire Department
455 North Main Street
Wichita, KS 67202

Sedgwick County

316-268-4409 - fax

Position: Fire Recruit

Last Filing Date:   June 15, 2009

Special Instructions: Position open until filled


Applicant must be 18 years of age or older and must be a high school graduate or possess a G.E.D. certificate. Must possess and maintain a Kansas certificate for Emergency Medical Technician, and a valid Kansas driver's license. Offers of employment will be made contingent upon passing a pre-employment physical, which will include drug screening, and upon satisfactory evaluation of the results of a police records check. Any equivalent combination of experience and training.

Starting Salary: $16.27 hr

Top Salary: N/A

Contact: City of Wichita
455 North Main Street
Wichita, KS 67202

Biloxi Fire Department
PO Box 68
Biloxi, MS 39533

Harrison County

601-435-6183 - fax

Position: Firefighter

Last Filing Date:   June 8, 2009

Special Instructions: Position open until filled

Requirements: Must be a high school graduate or GED equivalent, registered voter, 18 years or older, and have a valid driver's license. Must successfully complete a physical agility test, written exam, polygraph/voice stress analysis, extensive background investigation, psychological evaluation and oral interview.

Starting Salary: $ 36,193.00

Contact: Biloxi Fire Department
140 Lameuse Street
PO Box 429
Biloxi, MS 39533

Louisville Fire And Rescue
1135 W Jefferson Street
Louisville, KY 40203

Jefferson County

502-574-2929 - fax

Position: Paramedic

Last Filing Date:   July 26, 2009

Special Instructions: Position open until filled

Job Skills/Requirements

Qualifications: High School graduation or its equivalent. Completion of a paramedic training course. Must possess a valid drivers license.

Benefits: A progressive salary schedule with five raises given in the first 36 months of employment. 12 hour work shifts with 15 days off each month and every other 3 day weekend off. 100% healthcare coverage and 90% coverage for spouse & dependents. Uniforms & uniform maintenance provided. Hazardous duty retirement package. Tuition reimbursement. EOE.
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Benefits: Life Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Paid Vacation, Paid Sick Days, Paid Holidays, Pension/Retirement, Educational Assistance

Screening Requirements: Motor Vehicle

Starting Salary: $16.05 hr

Contact: City of Louisville, Human Resources Department
517 Court Place
Louisville, KY 40202
TDD 502-574-5511


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