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2017 COLUMBUS FIREFIGHTER EXAMINATION & PREP CLASS INFORMATION

Applications for 2017 Columbus Firefighter exam will be accepted online only from March 1 – March 31, 2017, at the following link:

https://www.columbus.gov/civilservice

The City of Columbus will be conducting the Written and FOAM Examinations from April to May, 2017.

The Study Guide for the City of Columbus Firefighter Exam is now available on their website at:

https://www.columbus.gov/civilservice/uniformed-fire-series/Firefighter/

Columbus Fire Dept. anticipates hiring over 100 firefighters from this exam!!  Firefighters will be hired from this list through 2019!

The only requirements are US citizen, 17-1/2 years of age (no upper age limit), HS diploma or GED, with a valid driver's license.

Since 1991, Don McNea Fire School has conducted eight consecutive sold out classes for the City of Columbus. Hundreds of current Columbus firefighters have been hired by attending our classes!

DON McNEA FIRE SCHOOL COLUMBUS FIREFIGHTER WRITTEN/FOAM EXAM PREPARATION

We can make the difference between appointment and disappointment!

Since 1950, Don McNea Fire School has successfully prepared over 60,000 applicants for firefighter examinations across the country.  This will be our ninth consecutive Columbus Firefighter Examination for which we have conducted SOLD OUT preparatory classes.  This is not a public relations statement – it's a fact!  This year we will once again be conducting a seminar and offering an at-home preparatory package. 

  • Past successful Don McNea Fire School class results have shown that 86% of the Columbus firefighters hired were Don McNea Fire School Columbus Seminar Students!
     
  • Hundreds of current Columbus Firefighters have been hired since 1991 by attending our classes!
     
  • The City of Columbus anticipates hiring over 100 firefighters from this exam!

NEW FOR THE 2017 EXAM:  Only those who pass Phase I (Written Exam) and Phase II (FOAM) will be invited to the Phase III, Firefighter Mile Exam.  It's more important than ever that you excel in Phases I and II to be sure you put yourself in a position to move on to Phase III!

Written Exam Preparation Includes:

Immediate Digital Downloads of our 350-question Written Exam Prep from the City of Columbus Study Guide are now available to start studying and immediately gain that edge over your competition! 

The Written Exam Prep is also available to be mailed to you.

Full-length, in-depth, custom-designed multiple choice practice examinations of over 350 questions covering the following testing subjects for your Written Exam from the City of Columbus Study Guide:

  • Situational Judgment
  • Mathematics, Logic & Reasoning
  • Mechanical Aptitude
  • Map Reading & Following Directions
  • Reading Comprehension

    THE FAILURE RATE FOR THIS TYPE OF WRITTEN EXAM ACROSS THE COUNTRY IS OVER 60%!  OUR 2014 COLUMBUS CLASS HAD A PASSING RATE OF 98.8!
  • Think about it – As with most pass/fail portions of written exams given across the country, your final score will be seen by the firefighter selection committee at some time during the hiring process. It will be much more impressive to have a written exam score of 98% than a barely passing score of 75%! 

    Over 5000 applicants are expected to register for the Columbus Firefighter Examination.  Our written exam prep and FOAM seminar will put you in the top percentile to be hired by the Columbus Fire Department!

Firefighter Oral Assessment Mechanism (FOAM) Preparation Includes:

    We will be conducting in-depth seminars on your choice of either March 26th or April 9th that will be focused on the oral interview (FOAM) – the most important part of the examination process! 

    Remember, as it states in your study guide, the FOAM exam will be weighted as 100% of your  final score! 

    NEW FOR 2017 CLASS  - You will practice with numerous videos where you will learn the critical and positive behaviors and traits that the assessors are looking for in a high-scoring candidate !

    Your ranking on the eligibility list will be determined by how well you do on the FOAM (Firefighter Oral Assessment Mechanism) portion of the testing process. 

    The study guide also states "scores differing by one or two points on the FOAM exam may mean the difference between becoming a firefighter, and not becoming a firefighter.Our seminar will get you those extra points! 
     

  • This type of oral interview structure is very unique to the Columbus Firefighter Examination. 99% of applicants have never been through this type of oral interview process. 
     
  • This seminar will teach you the top scoring strategies and answers to over 40 different scenarios and situations that you may be presented with during the FOAM examination.  
  • IMPORTANT NOTE:  From our last Columbus seminar, we have dramatically updated our FOAM exam prep that includes over 40 situational scenarios and strategies to increase your final exam score.  We have included updated suggested responses covering both the problem sensing/resolution and interpersonal components of the exam to put you in the top percentile.
     

  • Learn critical, positive behaviors and traits that the oral interviewer assessors are looking for in a high-scoring candidate!
     
  • Key insight into the problem sensing and resolution and interpersonal relationships that will be the two dimensions you will be graded on for the oral interview process.
     
  • We will guide you through the oral rater's dimension guidelines and evaluation scales that will be used in the FOAM examination.

Don't go into the FOAM oral interview process unprepared – this is where the ballgame is going to be won! 

Applicants will also receive the following AT NO CHARGE: 

  • Top Scoring Test-taking & Physical Agility Strategies that have proven successful for thousands of applicants!
     
  • Ohio Examination Watchlist.  A compilation of over 125 fire departments in Ohio, including address, phone number and other pertinent information pertaining to entry-level examinations across the State of Ohio.

2017 Exam Preparation

  • At-Home 350 Question Written Exam Prep Only (does not include FOAM exam prep) – available during the entire testing process by Immediate Digital Download or mailed to you by US Priority Mail (2-3 business days).  Price - $49.00
     
  • Written/FOAM Exam Prep Seminar.  When you register for the Written/FOAM Exam Prep, the 350-question Written Exam Prep is available to you by Immediate Digital Download so that you can begin studying immediately or can be mailed to you by US Priority Mail (2-3 business days).  This lets you begin studying for this portion of the exam right now!  There are 2 dates/location options to choose from for the Seminar.  Price – $129.00

We are offering 2 or 4-month no-interest payment plans below. 

When considering the cost of the class, view it as an investment in your future or the future of your family! 

Your investment in these classes will actually be returned to you in your first five hours as a Columbus firefighter!  In the job market today, there are not many employment opportunities that offer the same competitive salary, benefits, chance for advancement and job security as the career of a firefighter does. 

Important Note – No-Risk Guarantee!  For those of you who decide to purchase our Written and Foam Exam Prep Seminar, if the City of Columbus determines that you are not eligible for the exam (because of disqualifying for background), if you provide us with a copy of the disqualification from the City, we will refund your seminar cost.  This way, instead of waiting to determine your eligibility for the exam, you can immediately begin to study and prepare for the Written and FOAM exams.

Written/FOAM Exam Prep Seminar Class Dates/Locations

For those who purchase the Written/FOAM Seminar, the seminar will be held on the following dates/times – PLEASE CHOOSE WHICH ONE CLASS YOU WANT TO ATTEND! 

  • Sunday, March 26th, from 12:00 noon-5:00 PM at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel, 50 N. 3rd Street, Columbus OH  43215.  (Please call the hotel at 614-228-5050 if you need directions.)  Please note that discounted valet parking is available at the hotel.  However, there are numerous self-parking off-site surface lots and garages available nearby.
  • OR

  • Sunday, April 9th, from 12:00 noon-5:00 PM at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel, 50 N. 3rd Street, Columbus OH  43215.  (Please call the hotel at 614-228-5050 if you need directions.)  Please note that discounted valet parking is available at the hotel.  However, there are numerous self-parking off-site surface lots and garages available nearby.

Class size will be limited to the first 400 students for each date.

Each of our last 8 Columbus seminars have SOLD OUT!

 

Student Comments

  •  Just wanted to send you a quick note regarding your Columbus, OH FOAM test seminar. I attended your seminar on FOAM, and today I took the actual test for it. Your class and study guide book helped me more than I could have ever imagined. I took the time to practice and go over every scenario you have in your packet, like you told us to. And it helped tremendously. If I would have chosen not to take your class, I would have been at a loss. Your seminar and the information you gave us was amazing, so I would like to thank you for all the preparation.
     
  • "I am a firefighter/paramedic in Johnstown, OH.  I just wanted to tell you how great your Columbus seminar was this past weekend.  I found a lot of the information very informative.  I used to think I knew how to pass the FOAM since I had taken it in the past.  It turns out, I scored 3s and 3-1/2s, well below what is needed to be hired.  I wanted to extend my gratitude and let you know that it's because of your FOAM prep seminar that I finished in the top 50 on the final eligibility ranking.  Thank you sincerely!"
     
  • "Don McNea Fire School was extremely helpful in allowing me to score high on all levels of the Columbus Civil Service Examination.  I am the second in my family to have successful results by using your preparatory materials."
     
  • "The class was very informative ~ it was the perfect prep for both the Written and FOAM exams.  The practice examinations were extremely helpful to a person like myself who has been out of school.  I am currently a Columbus Firefighter and I owe it all to Don McNea Fire School."
     
  • "While preparing for the Columbus firefighter exam, I read the study guide 4 times and felt confident that I would do well.  I took your practice examinations just to fine tune what I didn't know.  After taking your tests, I realized that I didn't know the study guide as well as I should.  Your practice exam questions pinpointed areas in the study guide that I thought I knew but didn't.  It really helped with my final preparation before the examination."
     
  • "This class put me in the best position to be successful on the Columbus Firefighter Exam.  Without it, I wouldn't have stood a chance.  I believe it helped me get to the point where I had a chance to compete for a position.  I would do it all over again ~ thank you!"
     
  • "The instructor was very prepared and very professional.  He told his honest opinion about exactly what had to be done and, more importantly, how to do it."

Our best testimonials come from current Columbus Firefighters who have been successful by taking our classes over the last 25 years.  If you are not sure whether or not to attend our seminar, we ask that you talk to a Columbus firefighter who has taken our prep course in the past.

Our Final Thoughts…

This is a very unique examination; 99% of you have never taking a similar one.  What we can tell you is that by practicing with our over 350 Question Written Exam Prep and attending our FOAM seminar, you WILL dramatically increase your chance of becoming one of the over 100 Columbus firefighters hired.  Our past classes' successful results for the City of Columbus prove that! 

Remember that 100% of your final score on the eligibility list will be from the FOAM!

Our past Columbus class results prove that our students consistently finish in the top percentile.  If you feel at this time that you are adequately prepared for this examination, we wish you the best of luckIf you want that extra edge over your competition that our seminar will provide, this class is for you!  Remember that luck goes to the prepared!

Written Exam Prep/FOAM Seminar Registration/Purchase Information

Because of the short study period before the Columbus exam, we STRONGLY suggest that you choose the Immediate Digital Download option for the Written Exam Prep so that you can begin studying right away.

  • FOAM Seminar cut-off dates:  You must register for the seminars by 9:00 am on the date of the seminar – however, be aware that our seminars sell out early!      
     
  • If you would like to purchase the Written Exam Prep only or register for the Written/FOAM seminar by phone using credit card, you may do so by calling toll-free 1-800-989-FIRE (please state if you are attending the Written/FOAM Exam Seminar and which date you want or if you are purchasing the At-Home Written Exam Prep). 

If you cannot attend for any reason, you must cancel 72 hours before classes begin in order to receive a refund.  If you have any questions, you may contact us at 1-800-989-FIRE.

    Please choose one: 

  • Sunday, March 26th, from 12:00 noon-5:00 PM at the Renaissance ColumbusDowntown Hotel, 50 N. 3 rd Street, Columbus OH  43215.  (Please call the hotel at 614-228-5050 if you need directions.)  Please note that discounted valet parking is available at the hotel for $15/car.  However, there are self-parking off-site surface lots and garages available nearby.
  • OR

  • Sunday, April 9th, from 12:00 noon-5:00 PM at the Renaissance ColumbusDowntown Hotel, 50 N. 3 rd Street, Columbus OH  43215.  (Please call the hotel at 614-228-5050 if you need directions.)  Please note that discounted valet parking is available at the hotel for $15/car.  However, there are self-parking off-site surface lots and garages available nearby.

SUNDAY, MARCH 26th, 12:00 noon-5:00 PM FOAM CLASS REGISTRATION OPTIONS

Click here to IMMEDIATELY DOWNLOAD the 350-Question Written Exam Prep and be registered for the Sunday, March 26th, FOAM Seminar.   $129.00

Click here to have the 350-Question Written Exam Prep mailed to you by Priority Mail (2-3 business days) and be registered for the Sunday, March 26th, FOAM Seminar.  $129.00

SUNDAY, APRIL 9TH, 12:00 noon-5:00 PM FOAM CLASS REGISTRATION OPTIONS

Click here to IMMEDIATELY DOWNLOAD the 350-Question Written Exam Prep and be registered for the Sunday, April 9th, FOAM Seminar.   $129.00

Click here to have the 350-Question Written Exam Prep mailed to you by Priority Mail (2-3 business days) and be registered for the Sunday, April 9th, FOAM Seminar.  $129.00

350-QUESTION WRITTEN EXAM PREP PACKAGE (NO FOAM) OPTIONS

Click here to IMMEDIATELY DOWNLOAD the 350-Question Written Exam Prep.   $49.00

Click here to have the 350-Question Written Exam Prep mailed to you by Priority Mail (2-3 business days).  $49.00

PAYMENT PLANS

SUNDAY, MARCH 26th, 12:00 noon-5:00 PM FOAM CLASS REGISTRATION OPTIONS

Two-Month Payment Plan Option

Click here to IMMEDIATELY DOWNLOAD the 350-Question Written Exam Prep and be registered for the Sunday, March 26th, FOAM Seminar.   Payable in 2 monthly payments of $64.50/each.

Click here to have the 350-Question Written Exam Prep mailed to you by Priority Mail (2-3 business days) and be registered for the Sunday, March 26th, FOAM Seminar.  Payable in 2 monthly payments of $64.50 each.

Four-Month Payment Plan Option

Click here to IMMEDIATELY DOWNLOAD the 350-Question Written Exam Prep and be registered for the Sunday, March 26th, FOAM Seminar.   Payable in 4 monthly payments of $32.25/each.

Click here to have the 350-Question Written Exam Prep mailed to you by Priority Mail (2-3 business days) and be registered for the Sunday, March 26th, FOAM Seminar.  Payable in 4 monthly payments of $32.25 each.

SUNDAY, APRIL 9th, 12:00 noon-5:00 PM FOAM CLASS REGISTRATION OPTIONS

Two-Month Payment Plan Option

Click here to IMMEDIATELY DOWNLOAD the 350-Question Written Exam Prep and be registered for the Sunday, April 9th, FOAM Seminar.   Payable in 2 monthly payments of $64.50/each.

Click here to have the 350-Question Written Exam Prep mailed to you by Priority Mail (2-3 business days) and be registered for the Sunday, April 9th, FOAM Seminar.  Payable in 2 monthly payments of $64.50 each.

Four-Month Payment Plan Option

Click here to IMMEDIATELY DOWNLOAD the 350-Question Written Exam Prep and be registered for the Sunday, April 9th, FOAM Seminar.   Payable in 4 monthly payments of $32.25/each.

Click here to have the 350-Question Written Exam Prep mailed to you by Priority Mail (2-3 business days) and be registered for the Sunday, April 9th, FOAM Seminar.  Payable in 4 monthly payments of $32.25/each.

350-QUESTION WRITTEN EXAM PREP PACKAGE (NO FOAM) 2 MONTH PAYMENT PLAN

Click here to IMMEDIATELY DOWNLOAD the 350-Question Written Exam Prep.  Payable in 2 monthly payments of $24.50/each.

Click here to have the 350-Question Written Exam Prep mailed to you by Priority Mail (2-3 business days).  Payable in 2 monthly payments of $24.50/each.

 

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