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1. Rev it Up!  Oral Interview Strategies by Capt Bob Smith

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1. Rev it Up!


As I walked down one of the outside isles of a hot rod car show this summer, I heard what sounded like a healthy Ford Cobra revving up.  As I approached the VroomBox booth I found the sound coming from a mini-van.  A mini-van?  The sound changed to a Hemi Barracuda. Then, a Camaro SS.  Mirrors lying underneath the van revealed a set of speakers.  As the mini-van motor was revved up, the VroomBox was converting and amplifying the sound and RPM's to the selected drivers desires, creating lots of smiles and laughter.  


VroomBox utilizes a powerful microprocessor to digitally recreate the sound of 15 different cars and fantasy vehicles. It even includes special effects like screeching tires and turbo blow-off valves that trigger automatically. Sounds and effects are controlled from a small faceplate with a backlit display that fits neatly on or under the dash.

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It made me think of recent oral board raters comments on how too many candidates aren't aware that if they could only amp or rev up their oral board presentations they would capture the interest of the panel members and get better scores.  The problem is most candidates aren't aware that they sound monotone, with no inflection, ramble, use pause fillers and have no idea what the panel members hear out of their mouths.


I often receive phone calls from candidates.  In just a few moments I can tell what kind of presentation they could make in their interviews.  When I say, "You need to hear yourself on a tape recorder", they usually respond with this is not how I sound in an interview.  I reply with, "Oh, I'll bet big money you do!"


You can be the VroomBox too!  You have the all-powerful microprocessor already on board to digitally recreate the sounds you need to rev it up in your interviews.  As one candidate said after he just got hired, "Getting this job is a race where you don't know where the finish line is.  You just keep running until they tell you to stop."


How can you learn how to rev it up?  Get married to a hand held recorder that goes everywhere your car keys go and practice, practice, practice until you hear the desired sound you want the oral board panel to hear.  Then you can burn out like a Camaro SS as you come into your interviews to capture the panel member's interest.  Speed shift gears to the sound of a Shelby Cobra to deliver your "Nugget" answers to get top scores. Raise the hairs on the necks and arms of the panel members like the Barracuda with your signature stories as you pull away from the competition.  Then, accelerate at high speed like a Stingray to come in for the winning flag.


Then you could hear a different sound.  The sound of a diesel engine firing up followed by a siren and you can't believe you are living the dream. Riding big red.  One of the last of America's heroes.


Does it take a lot of horsepower?  You decide:


Captain Bob,

 Having no FF history and knowing only a few firefighters, your gold package aided me in getting my badge.  Out of over 600 applicants, I was # 6 and the dept. was hiring 8.  I start October 3rd.  I'm proud to say I'm officially a new member of a Fire Department, just north of Indianapolis, IN, which is also located in the fastest growing county in the state as well as the whole U.S.  JIM


Capt. Bob: Coaching is just a tool, it was not meant to give the candidate the correct answers on what to say for each individual candidate. It was meant to be solid in answering the questions and sound unique. I met with Capt. Rob and used his program, and just 2 interviews later I was in. I used his approach with my answers. Good Luck... Bill


Thanks to Capt Bob Smith, Entry-Level Author and Speaker, for his great insight into the oral interview process.  Additional information on Capt Bob's CD/DVD Oral Interview Program can be found at the link below:



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About 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. 

San Marino Fire Department
2200 Huntington Drive
San Marino, CA 91108

Los Angeles County

626-300-0709 - fax

Hiring Information:

Position: Firefighter/Paramedic

Last Filing Date:   February 13, 2009

Special Instructions: Position open until filled



Candidates shall be at least 18 years of age and possess a high school diploma or equivalent. All candidates shall submit copies of the following with the completed application: (1) valid California EMT-P license or proof of currently attending an accredited paramedic school; (2) certificate of completion issued by a fire academy approved by the California State Fire Marshal; or Firefighter I certificate issued by the California State Fire Marshal (3) proof of passing CWH written Exam; (4) proof of passing the Candidate Physical Agility Test or the LA/Orange County Fire Chief PAT. Possession of a valid California driver's license is required upon filing and will be used as identification prior to all portions of the selection process. In addition, employment offers are contingent upon the candidate passing a comprehensive physical, psychological, and polygraph examination, including a substance abuse test and a thorough background investigation.

Note: After a candidate is appointed, conditions of continued employment include initial and/or continued accreditation to practice as an EMT-P in Los Angeles County, ability to obtain and maintain a California Class "A" or "B" commercial driver's license within 18 months of employment and to be entirely tobacco free and not use tobacco products at any time during employment.


A City of San Marino application form is required for consideration. Application forms may downloaded from the City's website at or picked up in person at: City of San Marino, 2200 Huntington Drive, San Marino, CA 91108, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday - Thursday only. You may call (626) 300-0700 for additional information. Faxed applications are not accepted. All application materials become property of the City of San Marino and will not be returned. Resumes accepted, but not in lieu of an application.


Starting Salary: $ 5,689.00

Top Salary: $ 6,837.00


Contact: City of San Marino, Human Resources Department

2200 Huntington Drive

San Marino, CA 91108



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Coalinga Fire District
300 West Elm Avenue
Coalinga, CA 93210

Fresno County

559-934-1328 - fax

Hiring Information:

Position: Firefighter/Paramedic

Last Filing Date:   December 31, 2008


Special Instructions: Position open until filled


Requirements: The City of Coalinga is seeking applicants to establish an eligibility list for the position of Firefighter/Paramedic ($2,760.39/mo. - $3,585.85/mo., plus 9.5% - 14.5% per month pay incentive for maintenance of Fresno County Paramedic status and benefits). Educational incentive pay for college degree and/or certification in fire science. This is an entry-level position. Under general supervision; fight fires and staffs ambulances, maintains fire trucks, ambulances, fire fighting and rescue equipment, and fire alarm equipment. Supervises ambulance operations while on emergency calls; and perform related work as required. Successful applicants must meet the minimum qualifications; pass a physical agility test; and, a written and oral examination, each at 70% or above. Eligibility list is based on: 40% Written Exam; 60% Oral Board Interview.

Faxed applications will not be accepted.

The City of Coalinga is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender status, pregnancy, age, disability, or covered veteran's status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self disclose.

Starting Salary: $ 3,432.95

Top Salary: $ 4,381.92


Contact: City of Coalinga, Personnel Office
155 West Durian
Coalinga, CA 93210
559-935-1533 ext 112


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Mont Belvieu Fire Department
11607 Eagle Drive
Mont Belvieu, TX 77580

281-385-2194 - fax

Hiring Information:

Position: Cert. Paramedics/and or EMT-Intermediates

Last Filing Date:   December 28, 2008


Special Instructions: Position open until filled


Requirements: The City of Mont Belvieu is accepting applications for certified Paramedics and/or EMT-Intermediates due to service expansion. Starting salary at the Paramedic level is $44k +. Benefits include 100% paid employee insurance, 90% paid dependant insurance, 100% paid Dental insurance for employees and dependants. TMRS retirement-5% employee contribution matched 2-1 with 5 years vesting. Life Insurance, AD&D, Optional Deferred Comp matched up to 1% by the City. Optional supplemental insurances available through AFLAC, ALLSTATE, and AVESIS Vision. We offer paid vacation, holidays, sick time, short term disability and longevity pay. We offer educational reimbursement assistance and CE expenses are paid by the City. Uniforms and equipment provided. We are a municipal third service 911 only provider with a moderate call volume. We are seeking mature, positive, and motivated professionals with 911 experience who are career oriented and team players. You may visit our website at for more information. Mail resumes to: Director of Emergency Services,

City of Mont Belvieu, P.O. Box 1048, Mont Belvieu, Texas 77580. Vacancies open until all positions filled. The City of Mont Belvieu is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Contact:  City of Mont Belvieu
PO Box 1048
Mont Belvieu, TX 77580{06E396C6-DA71-4E7F -9296-DED1AA6DF62B}&D

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Harker Heights Fire Department
401 Indian Trail
Harker Heights, TX 76543

Bell County


Hiring Information:

Position: Firefighter/Paramedic

Last Filing Date:   January 16, 2009


Special Instructions: Position open until filled


Basic Structural Firefighter Certification from Texas Commission on Fire Protection
Paramedic Certification from the Texas Department of State Health Services
TX Class B Driver License within 90 days of employment
BTLS Certification
ACLS Certification


Conditions of Employment:
Applicants must satisfactorily complete each step in the hiring process to include:
1. Written Exam
2. Physical Agility Test
3. Background investigation check.
4. Driving history background check
5. Test for controlled substance
6. Psychological exam
7. Physical exam

Salary Range:
$39,167 + $6,000 Paramedic Certification Pay


Contact:  City of Harker Heights, Personnel Department
PO Box 2518
305 Millers Crossing
Harker Heights, TX 76548
fax 254-953-5670



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Boca Raton Fire/Rescue Services
2333 W. Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431

Palm Beach County

561-367-6750 - fax

Hiring Information:

Position: Firefighter

Last Filing Date:   January 9, 2009


Special Instructions: Position open until filled



Knowledge of City of Boca Raton street locations, geography and types of construction in the City; knowledge of emergency medical procedure, practices and techniques, knowledge of the various types of fire hazards of the City; knowledge and skill in the use of emergency medical treatment practices; knowledge of firefighting techniques, polices, procedures and practices; ability to learn and perform many and varied firefighting techniques and procedures; ability to understand and follow orders and written instructions; ability to perform prolonged and arduous work under adverse conditions; skill in the use and maintenance of firefighting equipment.

Must be 18 years of age. Graduation from high school or equivalency.

Must comply with NFPA 1982 Standard on Medical Requirements for Fire Fighters and Information for Fire Department Physicians, 2000 Edition, or most current Edition.

Possess a valid State of Florida Class D Driver's license, with an E endorsement. Certified as a State of Florida Firefighter. Must successfully meet all requirements for State of Florida EMT certification and CPR Certification, within the first year of employment. Must have ability to swim and be tested within the first year of employment.

The employee must be a non-smoker / non-user of tobacco (any form) for at least one (1) year prior to application, remain smoke free during employment/application process and agree not to smoke or use tobacco (in any form) on or off duty during the tenure of their employment.

Starting Salary: $ 43,611.00


Contact:  City of Boca Raton, Human Resources
201 West Palmetto Park Road
Boca Raton, FL 33432

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Tarpon Springs Fire Department
325 E Lemon Street
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

Pinellas County


727-934-0598 - fax


Hiring Information:

Position: Firefighter/Paramedic

Last Filing Date:   January 13, 2009


Special Instructions: position is open until filled



Candidates must have a High School/GED, vocational school diploma, Florida Paramedic certification required. The following must be obtained within six months of hire date: Florida State Firefighter Certificate, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Basic Trauma Life Support (BTLS), Pinellas County Medical Operations Manual (MOM) certification and obtain Pinellas County Certification, as a Paramedic, as required by Pinellas County Medical Director's office. Must have ability to perform prolonged and arduous physical work under adverse conditions. Must work rotating shift assignments (56 hour week). Attendance in Paramedic school preferable, but not required. Must possess and retain a valid Florida Driver's License.


Starting Salary: $ 43,521.00

Top Salary: $ 65,124.00


Contact: City of Tarpon Springs
Human Resources
324 East Pine Street
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

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District Of Columbia Fire Department
1923 Vermont Ave Nw
Washington, DC 20001

District Of Columbia County


202-462-0807 - fax


Hiring Information:

Position: Paramedic/Firefighter

Last Filing Date:   December 31, 2008


Requirements: The DC Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department is currently recruiting qualified National Registry-Certified Paramedics to cross-train and serve as dual-role Paramedic/Firefighters.

Successful applicants will be required to maintain Paramedic certification for the duration of their employment with DC Fire & Emergency Medical Service Department.

All applicants to become a Paramedic/Firefighter must be National Registry-Certified Paramedics, take the Paramedic/Firefighter Entry-Level Examination, pass a physical abilities test, and pass psychological and medical examinations before being eligible to join a Firefighter Recruit Class at the DC Fire & EMS Department Training Academy.

Paramedic/Firefighter Entry-Level Examinations are administered by DC Fire/EMS and the DC Department of Human Resources. Examinations dates are scheduled based on the number of qualified applicants.

Paramedic/Firefighter Entry-Level Examinations are administered by the DC Office of Personnel. Exam dates are scheduled based on the number of qualified applicants.

To be scheduled for a Paramedic/Firefighter Entry-Level Examination, you must submit a formal job application. Job announcements and online applications are available on the DC Office of Personnel website under "employment opportunities."

Qualified applicants will be assigned a test date and notified in advance by the DC Office of Personnel. Notification will include appointed test date, time and location. Only those applicants who score a minimum of 70% of correct answers, or above, will be placed on the hiring register. Selections for appointment will be made based on rank order and placement on the hiring register. Applicants may take the examination twice in the same month and the register will remain open for this period.

For more information, contact Ms. Marie Vines, DC Office of Personnel, at (202) 671-1300.
Minimum Requirements: Paramedic/Firefighter

Applicants for the position of Paramedic/Firefighter must:
* Be a National Registry Certified EMT-Paramedic (NREMTP)
* Be a US citizen at the time of appointment
* Have reached the age of 19 but not be over the age of 31 as of the date of application
* Possess a current, valid driver's license at the time of appointment
* Have a valid high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED)
* Pass a written Firefighter/Paramedic entry-level examination
* Pass a physical abilities test
* Pass a background check
* Pass medical and psychological examinations
* Possess a high moral character and commitment to service

To find out more about careers with the DC Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department, call the DC Fire/EMS Recruiting Officer at (202) 673-3330.

For more information about Firefighter/Paramedic Entry Level Examinations, contact Ms. Marie Vines, DC Office of Personnel, at (202) 671-1300.



Roanoke Fire Department
215 Church Avenue, Sw Room 207
Roanoke, VA

Roanoke County


540-853-1218 - fax


Hiring Information:

Position: Firefighter-EMT/FF-EMT 1/FF-Paramedic

Last Filing Date:   December 28, 2008


Special Instructions: Position open until filled


Requirements: Performs technical work providing fire suppression and human health emergency medical services, normally assigned to a 24-hour shift; Duties are performed under emergency conditions and frequently involve considerable personal hazard. Responds to fire alarms and emergency medical calls. High school diploma or general education degree (GED); Associate degree with courses in fire science, emergency health sciences or related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Possession of a valid appropriate drivers license issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Must possess or obtain EMT certification within twelve (12) month probationary period. Bilingual, Spanish/English speakers encouraged to apply. Must possess and maintain required certifications appropriate to duty assignment within the Fire/EMS department.


Starting Salary: 31994.00- 35994.00


Contact: City of Roanoke, Human Resources Department
5204 Bernard Drive SW
Roanoke, VA 24018
fax 540-776-7130 9b7/7acdf5907f17734085257


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Denver Regional Council Of Governments
2480 West 26th Avenue, Ste 200b
Denver, CO 80211-5580




Hiring Information:

Position: Fire Testing

Last Filing Date:   April 23, 2009


Requirements: Minimum Employment Requirements
Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the United States and able to obtain a Colorado driver's license. Some departments will accept applications from anyone 18 years of age or older, while other departments require applicants to be at least 21. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED; some college education is desirable as are EMT/firefighter/paramedic certifications (departments prefer applicants with EMT certification but it is not required to take the test). Some departments will train hires with out-of-state firefighter certification for Colorado certification, but smaller departments require candidates to go through the reciprocity process with the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC). For more information, call IFSAC at (720) 852-6735.

How the Testing Works
All applicants who complete the online application and pay the $50 processing fee by the deadline date will be scheduled to take the written test. Confirmation notices are sent out about a month before the test. Candidates must score at least 70 percent (overall) to pass, but departments can set a higher score for their recruitments. Test scores remain active for one year.

What Happens Next
Departments may contact candidates for further testing throughout the year so make sure your contact information is current.

Written Test
DRCOG uses the New Generation CWH Management Solutions Written Exam to identify individuals who are most likely to be successful in the fire service. The test assesses skills and abilities that Denver-area firefighters point out are essential for their jobs. The written exam has 150 questions; applicants have three hours and 15 minutes to complete it.

The test measures:

* Basic educational skills (reading, writing and math),
* Practical skills (judgment and common sense),
* Interpersonal skills, and
* Emotional outlook (ethics, motivation and effectiveness under stress).

Next test date and application deadline

The next test is June 8, 2009. We will hold a smaller test session June 5 for those who cannot change their work schedule. Seating is limited so call us early (303 480-6729) if you need to test on June 5. Registration closes at 2 p.m. MST April 24, 2009, for both test dates.

Please note: Don't put off submitting an application because you are waiting for a certification--you can update your personal online file anytime. You do not need to be a Colorado resident to take the test--everyone is welcome! There are no exceptions to any deadlines.


Contact: Denver Regional Council of Governments
4500 Cherry Creek Drive South, Suite 800
Attn: Suzi Walker
Denver, CO 80246
303-480-6730 Suzi Walker


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