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FirePrep.com Newsletter #17

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.

Fireprep.com's entry-level newsletter, which now has over 16,000 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.

If you would like to review our past newsletters, go to www.fireprep.com and click on "Past Newsletters."

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IN THIS ISSUE:

1. NEW!  FREE 50 question practice examination!

2. NEW!  14-day FREE email series!

3. Oral Interview Skills: Six Steps in Answering an Oral Board Question - Capt. Bob Smith

4. City of Las Vegas/North Las Vegas Examp Prep!

5. City of San Diego Fire Exam

6. City of Knoxville Fire Exam

7. Washington DC Fire Exam

8. City of Columbus, Ohio, Fire Exam

9. City of Chicago Fire Exam

10. City of Los Angeles Fire Exam

11. City of Dallas Fire Exam

12. State of New Jersey Fire Exam

13. City of Seattle Fire Exam

14. Testimonials

15. Preparatory Products

1. NEW!  FREE 50 question practice examination!

Go to the link below to start gaining that competitive edge over your competition!

http://www.firemanemtparamedic.com/html/free_50_question_firefighter_p.html

2. NEW!  14-day FREE email series!

If you want to start getting that competitive edge immediately over your competition, our 14 day FREE e-mail series covers the written, psychological, oral interview and physical agility. This e-mail series will guide you step by step through the maze of the testing process to help you shorten that learning curve between you and that coveted badge. As soon as you sign-up you will receive the first e-mail with important inside secrets. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain!! Good luck!!!!

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3. Oral Interview Skills: Six Steps in Answering an Oral Board Question - Capt. Bob Smith

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:

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

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

C. 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.

D. 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 the our supervisor?" Why? Stealing is against the law.

E. 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."

F. 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 Oral Interview 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

 

Additional information on Capt Bob's CD/DVD Oral Interview Program can be found at the link below

http://www.fireprep.com/conquer_the_job_interview_capt.html

 

4. Las Vegas and North Las Vegas, NV, Firefighter Examination Prep

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!  For those of you who have already purchased our Las Vegas Preparatory Package, we have added a set of additional questions for only $9.95 + s/h.  This will give you another 130 questions to help you prepare for this exam!  All information can be found at the link below:

http://www.fireprep.com/las_vegas_and_north_las_vegas_.html

 

5. City of San Diego, CA, Fire Exam

Applications must be filed by January 18

Applications are available at Employment Information Center, (M-W-F ONLY), Civic Center Plaza, 1200 3rd Ave., Suite 101-A, San Diego, CA 92101

ADditional information can be found at the following link:  http://apps.sandiego.gov/pjaol8/bulletins/2931.pdf

Don McNea Fire School is in the process of putting together a prep package for this examination.  Please keep checking our website for the most current information!

 

6. City of Knoxville, TN, Fire Exam

Applications must be filed by January 20

Applications are available at the City of Knoxville, Civil Service Dept, Suite 569, City County Building, 400 Main Street, Knoxville, TN  37902, (865) 215-2106

Click on the following link for more information:

http://www.ci.knoxville.tn.us/employment/jobs/8035.pdf

 

7. Washington DC Fire Exam

The DC Fire & EMS Department will be administering the Firefighter-EMT entry-level exam in May 2006.  The exact date has not been determined yet.  Please visit their website at http://fems.dc.gov for future announcements about the upcoming exam.

Don McNea Fire School is in the process of putting together a prep package/seminar for this examination.  Please keep checking our website for the most current information!

 

8. The City of Columbus, OH

The city of Columbus, Ohio, has announced their plans to hold an entrance examination in the Spring of 2006.  Don McNea Fire School has conducted preparatory classes for the last 5 Columbus Firefighter Examinations with extremely successful results.  We will once again be conducting preparatory classes once the examination is announced. 

For more examination information from the City of Columbus, please visit the link below:

http://www.fire.ci.columbus.oh.us/Misc%20HTMLs/becoming.htm

Don McNea Fire School is in the process of putting together a prep package/seminar for this examination.  Please keep checking our website for the most current information!

 

9. The city of Chicago, IL, has announced their plans to hold an entrance examination in the Spring of 2006.  Don McNea Fire School conducted preparatory classes for the last Chicago Firefighter Examination in 1995 with extremely successful results.  We will once again be conducting preparatory classes for the upcoming Chicago Firefighter Examination. 

More information is available at www.cityofchicago.org/fire

Don McNea Fire School is in the process of putting together a prep package/seminar for this examination.  Please keep checking our website for the most current information!

 

10. Los Angeles, CA, Fire Exam Prep

The city of Los Angeles is now testing monthly!

Don McNea Fire School has preparation packages to help you prepare for this examination!  Visit the link below for details:

http://www.fireprep.com/los_angeles_firefighter_examin.html

 

11. The City of Dallas, TX, Fire Exam

Use the following e-mail link to be notfied when the upcoming Dallas, Texas, exam will be given.

enander@mail.ci.dallas.tx.us

 

12. State of New Jersey Fire Exam

The State of New Jersey will soon be holding an entry-level firefighter examination.  Check the following link for information:

http://www.state.nj.us/personnel/public_safety/entry-level-ffighter_opps.htm

Don McNea Fire School is in the process of putting together a prep package/seminar for this examination.  Please keep checking our website for the most current information!

 

13. City of Seattle, WA, Fire Exam

Applications are available from Jan. 1st until Jan. 30.  Applications can be obtained on line, in person or send self-addressed stamped envelope to: Seattle Personnel Dept - Fire Exams, 700 5th Ave., Suite 5500, PO Box 34028, Seattle, WA 98124-4028 

Additional information can be found at the following link:

http://www.seattle.gov/personnel/employment/exams.asp

 

14. Testimonials

 

Encyclopedia of Firefighter Examinations

I recently purchased your Encyclopedia of Firefighter Examinations for an upcoming exam I was taking. My roommate was also taking the exam but didn't purchase your book or do any preparation before the exam. I scored in the top 5% with a score of 96% - my roommate scored only an 82%. I am now into the next phase of the examination process and wouldn't have made it this far without your book." Jack from New York

Additional information can be found at http://www.fireprep.com/encyclopedia_of_firefighter_ex.html

 

Reading Comprehension and Mathematics Book

I consistently scored well on all the portions of the exam except the reading comprehension portion. After reading your test-taking strategies and focusing on what I was doing wrong, I scored extremely well on my last three exams. My reading comprehension scores have increased dramatically and I have finished in the top 10% on my last three exams. I have four more exams to take in the next two months, and for the first time I am actually looking forward to the reading comprehension part of the examination." Ryan from Michigan.

Additional information can be found at http://www.fireprep.com/fireman_reading_comprehension_.html

 

Psychological Exam Prep

Dear Don McNea Fire School:

I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for the good luck note written on the cover of my firefighter psychological exam workbook. I received the booklet on Tuesday. October 14, 2003 and read it thoroughly. Today, I answered the questions in the workbook as I would normally without listening to the CD. When I was through, I then proceeded to check my answers with the answers on your audio CD and I am proud to say that I scored 100 % in each section. I am now confident that I will do well on my psychological test next week.

Additional information can be found at http://www.fireprep.com/fireman_psychological_examinat.html

 

Capt Bob's Oral Interview CD/DVD Prep Program

Hey Captain,

I don't know if this is Bob or Rob but I wanted to let both of you know that I went to private coaching with Rob last week when we met in Pleasonton. I was really excited about testing in Emeryville, but I also had an interview in LA first. Well, I studied all my material like you said, went to the oral board in LA, and did exactly what I had prepared for. I waited in the waiting room with the rest of the candidates for about five minutes and then one of the interviewers came out and asked to talk to me in the hall. She gave me a card that had directions for furthering in the process, then she smiled and told me that I got a perfect score. A PERFECT SCORE!! I was smiling and laughing the whole way out. I know I don't have my badge yet but this is such a great step for me and I can't wait to test in Emeryville. Oh yeah, I don't know if you remembered, but this was my very first oral board. Thank you so much for your help, I know I couldn't have done as well without it.

Sincerly, Nicholas Collins

Additional information can be found at http://www.fireprep.com/conquer_the_job_interview_inde.html

 

15. Preparatory Products

 

The Ultimate Firefighters Package provides you with the best tools for the entire entry-level examination process - the written, physical agility, psychological, and oral interview

Find out more information at the link below:

http://www.fireprep.com/ultimate_firefighter_examinati.html

 

Taking a Cooperative Personnel Services (CPS) exam in the future?

Go to the link below for exam prep.

http://www.fireprep.com/california_firefighter_exam_pr.html

 

Preparing for an upcoming oral interview exam?

Go to the link below for Capt. Bob Smith's oral interview prep.

http://www.fireprep.com/conquer_the_job_interview_inde.html

 

Capt Bob's book, Becoming a Firefighter, provides you, step by step, everything you need to know in the process, starting with the application, written, physical, oral, psych interview, background, polygraph, and medical to gain a badge.

http://www.fireprep.com/fire_capt__bob_s_-_complete_gu.html

 

Taking a psychological exam in the future?  Don't go into this exam unprepared!  Don McNea Fire School's CD/audio exam preparation will help you prepare!

http://www.firemanemtparamedic.com/html/psychological_exam_preparation.html

 

If you are serious about becoming a firefighter, Don McNea Fire School's Gold Bonus Package will guide you from the application period through the entire testing process including the written exam, physical agility, oral interview, psychological testing and resume preparation.

http://www.fireprep.com/fire_school_s_gold_bonus_packa.html

 

For those of you having difficulty on the Reading Comprehension & Mathematics portions of examinations, go the link below for help:

http://www.fireprep.com/fireman_reading_comprehension_.html

 

Have you recently been hired by a department?  Do you have any questions?  Email us at DMFireSchool@aol.com

 

We hope this newsletter and upcoming editions will assist you in obtaining the best job in the world - a firefighter.  We wish you the best of luck!

 

Don McNea Fire School

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