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Are you interested in obtaining the competitive edge required to be successful in your goal of becoming a firefighter or being promoted to an officer's position within your department?  Since 1950, Don McNea Fire School's seminars, entry-level and promotional products have prepared over 40,000 applicants in their pursuit of becoming a firefighter or an officer.'s entry-level newsletter, which now has over 14,000 members, is about YOU BEING THE BEST - THE BEST PREPARED AND BEST INFORMED!  This periodic newsletter will concentrate on the complete firefighter and officer examination testing process.  We suggest that you start a notebook or 3-ring binder of our newsletters so that you can periodically review them in your examination preparation.

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1. Career Article, Locating Firefighter Examinations
2. Current Exam Notices and Prep Seminars
3. Austin, Texas Oral Interview Prep.
4. Capt. Bob Smith, Oral Interview Strategy: There are six steps in answering an oral   board question      

1.  Locating Firefighter Examinations. To review this and other career articles go to the link below.

2. Current Exam Notices and Prep Seminars

UPDATED:  Miami-Dade, Florida Firefighter Examination Information. 

Applications will be giving out starting this Saturday, May 21 until June 6th.
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Prep Seminar
Don McNea Fire School will be conducting examination preparation prep seminar on Sunday June 26th from 1:00 to 6:00 P.M. at the JW Marriott Hotel Miami, 1109 Brickell Ave.  Go to the link below for seminar details.

UPDATED: San Antonio, Texas Firefighter Examination.

Applications will be accepted May 31, until June 25th
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Prep Seminar
Don McNea Fire School will be conducting an examination prep seminar on July 17th from 12-6 p.m. in the ballroom of the Marriott Plaza, 555 S. Alamo Street, San Antonio. Our last San Antonio seminar was a sell out with over 300 students!!!
Go to the link below to register for this seminar.

Las Vegas and North Las Vegas Firefighter Examination

The cities of Las Vegas and North Las Vegas will be accepting applications for the position of Firefighter Trainee during the period of October 17 through November 17, 2005, at Las Vegas City Hall, Human Resources Department, 400 Stewart Ave, on the corner of North Las Vegas Boulevard and Stewart Avenue.  This recruitment will involve a highly competitive process that includes a written exam scheduled for January 25, 2006, and a pass/fail physical ability test scheduled for mid-March 2006.

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For those of you who want a head start on your competition, Don McNea Fire School has assembled a 600+ question practice examination for the Firefighter Selection, Inc. (FSI) 8th Edition test preparation manual.  Go to the link below for further information - remember that luck goes to the prepared!

The City of Jacksonville, Florida. Go to the link below for exam details.

The City of Tacoma, Washington  Go to the link below for exam details

For those of you preparing for the Tacoma, Washington exam go to the link below to review a 640 practice exam for this test.

3, Austin, Texas Oral Interview Preparation. Go to the link below

4. Capt. Bob Smith, Oral Interview Strategy: There are six Steps in answering an oral board question.

There are Six Steps In Answering an Oral Board Question You should have a script that you have rehearsed with a tape recorder of anticipated questions by the time of your oral board. At the interview use these six simple steps in answering an oral board question:

1. Actively listen to the entire question. I have seen candidates stop listening when they think they already have the answer. They don't. Listen!

2. Make sure you understand the question. If not, have the question repeated or rephrased.

3. Pause and gather your thoughts. It might seem like an eternity, but pausing is an acceptable tactic to show interviewers you are paying attention. During the pause, you can figure out the root of what they are asking.

4. Ask the question or make the statement to clarify the question. The question might be, "You see your partner pick up something at an emergency scene, what are you going to do?" Taking the question down to its basic form, what is the issue? Stealing. Then, formulate a simple answer. For example, you might say, "I would ask, 'Is that yours?'" The board is going to tell you that he is taking it, but you already scored the points. After asking the question, you determine your partner is stealing, then what do you do? Since stealing is an ethical issue and he won't put it back, you might say, "Why don't we go to our supervisor?" Why? Stealing is against the law.

5. KISS. Keep it simple sweetie. Don't start a soap opera. Most candidates complicate the process. They intellectualize their answers, run past the question, decide an answer before hearing the entire question and fail to understand the process. When my son, Rob, was interviewing for his entry-level position for a large department, he was asked, "You have just finished your interview and go outside and find a man down on the sidewalk. What would you do?" He answered, "I would go up and say, 'Buddy, are you all right?'" The raters threw Pens and Pencils in the air and said, "Someone finally got the answer right. For three days, job candidates were saying things like "Activate the 9-1-1 system" and "I know CPR."

6. Deliver the Nugget answer with enthusiasm! Your personalized Nugget answer will set you apart from the clones. A word to women. You have the advantage of bringing more feelings and emotions to your answers at an interview. Be careful can't be like a conversation with your girl friend. You have about 20 minutes to give complete but concise answers. Though. I've had women at interviews start talking and it was like going on a journey. There seemed to be no final destination. Most men on the panel were not packed for the trip.

Subject: Another success story Dear Captain Bob, I am writing to thank you again for your Entry Level Program. I sent you an e-mail after my first interview outlining how much your program had improved my presentation. At that time, I mentioned that decisions were not expected until July. To my surprise, 8 days later I received a call from personnel. Could I attend a chief's oral next week!! I was 1 of 30 to be called in for 23 jobs.(The first interviews involved 900 candidates).

My first thoughts were "stay on that winning pony" After the chief's oral, the good news kept coming. I got the call 2 days later with a conditional offer of employment! The background and medicals were done the following week.

My most recent phone call came yesterday. I heard the words I have been working towards for six years- Congratulations; you have been accepted as a probationary fire fighter!! Uniform and equipment sizing is set for Saturday, can you attend? I can't stress enough how much your program helped me. I will be sure to recommend you to anyone I can. Thanks again!Brian

For additional information on Capt. Bob Smith's Oral Interview program go to the link below.    

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