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1.  Fire Prep Topics of Interest Mechanical Principles/Strategies


    1. The more pulleys, the easier it is to pull or lift an object.

    2. The more pulleys involved, the greater distance you must pull, but it is still easier to lift an object.

    3. The thinner a windlass, the easier it is to turn.

    4. In two different sets of pulleys, if the wheels are connected by a shaft, and the two wheels on one pulley are the same as the other two that they are connected to, then they both turn at the same speed.


    1. Always determine in which direction one of the wheels in a diagram is turning, as the belt will be going in the same direction.  Also, you can determine the direction of the belt and the wheel direction will be the same.

    2. Wheels under a belt that is not twisted all turn in the same direction.  Those on the outside of the same belt would turn in the opposite direction of those on the inside.


    1. If wheels are a different size on the same vehicle, then the smaller wheel will turn faster.

    2. When wheels of different sizes are joined together by belts, the smallest wheel turns fastest, the largest wheel slowest.

    3. When two gears of different sizes are locked together, the smaller gear turns faster than the shaft connected to the larger gear.


    1. The faster an object whirls around, the more it will pull from the center of rotation.

    2. If a car or tractor or objects are turning, then the inside wheels or objects will turn less distance and more slowly than the outside ones.

    3. When a car skids, its speed increases momentarily to the outside when turning.

CENTER OF GRAVITY:  (referring to the point which weight is evenly distributed)

    1. A solid object with a space drilled out will rest on the section that is solid.

    2. The higher a vehicle is packed with materials, the easier it will turn over when on an incline.


    1. If several solid figures have the same width and height but different shapes, then their weight and volumes are different.  The lowest weight or least volume is a solid of triangular shape.  Then comes a cylindrical solid (circular in shape) and then a cube (square shape).

    2. Objects (cars) placed or parked parallel to each other and perpendicular to the side occupy less space.


    1. Liquid pressure is exerted in a perpendicular direction to any surface on which it acts.

    2. At any given point beneath the surface of a liquid, the pressure is the same in all directions--downward, upward and sideways.

    3. Pressure applied to a confined liquid from without is transmitted in all directions without diminution (reduction in intensity).

    4. The pressure of a liquid in an open vessel is proportional to the depth of the liquid.

    5. The pressure of a liquid in an open vessel is proportional to the density of the liquid.

    6. Liquid pressure on the bottom of a vessel is unaffected by the size and shape of the vessel.


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2. Job Openings, in conjunction with, will be bringing you job announcements for your review.  Since 1996, has been providing its members with the most comprehensive and accurate firefighter employment information available. We list complete hiring information and provide links to the Departments' websites and local area.

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.

We also provide links to the city in which the department is located. This helps those who are interested in moving to another location to find out about the area. With this tool, you can check out housing, schools, cost of living and even entertainment options before you move anywhere.


Firefighter Job Openings:

Bakersfield, CA

Pittsburgh, PA

Fernandina Beach, FL

Cocoa Beach, FL

Atlanta, GA

Worcester, MA

Owosso, MI

Montana Testing Consortium

Newport, NC

Saratoga Springs, NY

Great Falls, MT

Reno-Tahoe Airport, NV

Troy, NY

Sharonville, OH

University Heights, OH

Rhode Island

Allen, TX

Missouri City, TX

Alexandria, VA

Bridgeport, WV

Pittsburgh, PA

Bakersfield Fire Department
2101 H Street
Bakersfield, CA 93301

Kern County


Last Filing Date:  February 2, 2012

City of Bakersfield, Human Resources Department
1600 Truxtun Ave, 1st Floor
Bakersfield, CA 93301
661-391-7103 htm

Fernandina Beach Fire Dept
204 Ash Street
Fernandina Beach, FL 32035

Nassau County

904-277-7308 - fax

Position: Firefighter/Paramedic

Last Filing Date:  January 30, 2012

City of Fernandina Beach, Human Resources
204 Ash Street
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Cocoa Beach Fire Department
PO Box 322430
Cocoa Beach, FL 32932

Brevard County

321-868-3366 - fax

Position: Firefighter/EMT - Testing

Last Filing Date:  January 25, 2012

City of Cocoa Beach
Personnel Department
2 South Orlando Avenue
Cocoa Beach, FL 32932
fax 321-868-3226

Atlanta Fire Department
675 Ponce De Leon Ave, Suite 2001
Atlanta, GA 30308-1807

Fulton County

404-853-7245 - fax

Position: Firefighter

Last Filing Date:  January 31, 2012

City of Atlanta, Human Resources
68 Mitchell Street, SW
Suite 2120
Atlanta, GA 30303
404-330-6369 05624&hit_count=y

Worcester Fire Department
141 Grove Street
Worcester, MA 01605

Worcester County

508-799-1819 - fax

Position: Firefighter

Last Filing Date:  January 31, 2012

Worcester Fire Department
42 Milk Street
Westborough, MA 01581

Owosso Fire Department
202 South Water Street
Owosso, MI 48867


989-725-0528 - fax

Position: Firefighter/Paramedic

Last Filing Date:  January 27, 2012

Department of Employee Services
301 West Main Street
Owosso, MI 48867

Montana Firefighter Testing Consortium
121 North Wilsonn
Bozeman, MT 59715


Position: Firefighter

Last Filing Date:  February 17, 2012

Sheri Hall
City of Helena
Helena, MT

Newport Fire Department
125 Howard Blvd.
Newport, NC 28570


Position: Firefighter/EMT-P

Last Filing Date:  February 12, 2012

Newport Human Resources Department
PO Box 1869
Newport, NC 28570

Saratoga Springs Fire Department
60 Lake Avenue
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Saratoga County

518-587-3539 - fax

Position: Firefighter Exam

Last Filing Date:  January 31, 2012

Saratoga Springs Municipal Civil Service Commission
474 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Great Falls Fire Department
105-9th Street
Great Falls, MT 59401

Cascade County

406-454-2454 - fax

Position: Firefighter/EMS

Last Filing Date:  February 17, 2012

Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority
PO Box 12490
Reno, NV 89510

Reno-Tahoe Airport Fire Department
2001 East Plumb Lane
PO Box 12490
Reno, NV 89510

Wahsoe County


Position: Airport Firefighter

Last Filing Date:  February 11, 2012

Troy Fire Department
2175 6th Avenue
Troy, NY 12180

Rensselear County


Position: Firefighter Exam #69333

Last Filing Date:  February 3, 2012

City of Troy, Civil Service Commission
1776 6th Avenue
Troy, NY 12180

Sharonville Fire Department
11210 Reading Road
Sharonville, OH 45241

Hamilton County

513-563-0617 - fax

Position: Firefighter/Paramedic Part Time

Last Filing Date:  January 30, 2012

Sharonville Fire Headquarters
11637 Chester Road
Sharonville, OH 45246


University Heights Fire Department
3960 Silsby Road
University Heights, OH 44118

Cuyahoga County

216-932-8531 - fax

Position: Firefighter 3rd Grade - first 100 applicants

Last Filing Date:  March 9, 2012

University Heights Civil Service Commission
University Heights, OH 44118
216-932-7800 ext 223

Rhode Island Association of Fire Chiefs
RI Fire Academy
118 Parade Street
Providence, RI 02909

401-462-4211 - fax

Position: Firefighter PPA Test - Opens January 30, 2012

Last Filing Date:  February 11, 2012

Rhode Island Association of Fire Chiefs
390 Nate Whipple Highway
Cumberland, RI 02864


Allen Fire Department
105 S. Anna Drive
Allen, TX 75002

Collin County

972-727-0265 - fax


Position: Firefighter/Paramedic

Last Filing Date:  February 10, 2012

City of Allen, City Hall, Human Resources Department
305 Century Parkway
Allen, TX 75013
214-509-4676 386&hit_count=yes


Missouri City Fire Department
3849 Cartwright Road
Missouri City, TX 77459

Fort Bend County

281-261-4256 - fax

Position: Firefighter/EMT

Last Filing Date:  March 7, 2012

City of Missouri City
1522 Texas Parkway
Missouri City, TX 77480

Alexandria Fire Department
900 Second Street
Alexandria, VA 22314


703-838-5093 - fax

Position: Firefighter Rescuer 1

Last Filing Date:  February 3, 2012

City of Alexandria, Human Resources Department
301 King Street, Room 2500
Alexandria, VA 22314
fax 703-838-3850 D=410201&hit_coun


Bridgeport Fire Department
131 West Main Street
Bridgeport, WV 26330

304-842-8254 - fax

Position: Firefighter/EMT or FF/Paramedic

Last Filing Date:  February 6, 2012

City of Bridgeport, Personnel Department
515 West Main Street
Bridgeport, WV 26330


Pittsburgh Fire Exam

Application Period:  December 29, 2011 through March 2, 2012

Written Exam:  March 24, 2012

Physical Ability Exam:  Dates to be announced late Spring 2012

APPLICATION PROCESS: You must apply for the Firefighter Recruit position online at the City of Pittsburgh's online employment center:


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