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January 2008

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1. 2008 Las Vegas Firefighter Exam Prep

2. Toledo, Ohio, Firefighter Examination – Application Period through January 31

3. Austin, Texas, Firefighter Examination – Application Period January 18-February 4

4. Charlotte, NC, Firefighter Examination – Application Period January 7-February 4

5. Oakland Firefighter Oral Interview Preparation

6. Oral Interview Strategy: Short or long opening?


    1. 2008 Las Vegas, Nevada, Firefighter Exam Prep is offering a 275-question preparatory package for the applicants of the 2008 Las Vegas Firefighter Examination.  Go to the link below for complete exam prep details!

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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!!


    2. Toledo, Ohio, Firefighter Examination


The City of Toledo, Ohio, has begun their active recruiting process for the 2008 Firefighter examination and will continue through January 31, 2008.  The examination is scheduled for April or May, 2008.  A tentative hiring date of October 24, 2008, has been established.  Salary Range:  Starting $36,470; $52,097 after 48 months. 


All interested individuals are REQUIRED to complete an "Interest Card" so that their name and mailing information can be forwarded to the City of Toledo Human Resources Department.  You can contact the Fire Recruitment Office directly (phone 419-245-1564).


Don McNea Fire School may be conducting a preparatory seminar or offering an at-home preparatory package for the Toledo Fire Exam.  Keep checking our website at for the latest information. 


If you want to start getting that ULTIMATE edge over your competition in this highly-competitive firefighter job market, click on the link below: =========================================

3. Austin Firefighter Examination


The application period for the Austin, Texas Fire exam will be January 18th until February 4th, 2008. No applications will be accepted prior to January 18, 2008.  The written exam will be on Sunday, March 30, 2008, at 3:00 P.M.


Applications for Fire Cadet will ONLY be accepted through the following link to the City of Austin On Line Application System ~ Upon submitting your application, you will receive an e-mail confirmation that your application was received and whether or not you meet the minimum qualifications to continue in the process. Those applicants will then be directed to complete a supplemental online questionnaire.


Don McNea Fire School will again be conducting either an at-home preparatory package or a preparatory seminar for the next Austin, Texas, fire exam.  Check the link below for the most current information:


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4. Charlotte, NC, Firefighter Examination


Registration for the Written Exam - Opens January 7, 2008, and will close on February 4, 2008 at 5:00 pm.  Registration is via internet ONLY - paper applications and telephone registrations are not accepted.  Applicants must have a valid email address and social security number to register.  No extension will be granted and late registrations will not be accepted.  The 2008 Applicant Written Exam will be held on February 16, 2008, at the Charlotte Convention Center.


Minimum Eligibility Requirements: At least 18 years of age, high school diploma or GED, Valid driver's license and a good driving record.  See the below link for complete exam details: may be offering a preparatory package for this examination.  Check our website at for the latest information!


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    5. Oakland Firefighter Oral Interview Preparation


The oral interviews for the Oakland Fire Department will be conducted January 28-February 1, 2008.  Since 100% of your ranking on the eligibility list is determined by your oral board score, go to the link below for oral interview strategies to help you get that ultimate edge over your competition:



    6. Oral Interview Strategy: Short or long opening?

The dilemma is shall I have a short or long answer for the typical opening question "Tell us a little about yourself". Remember "a little". This is just an icebreaker question to get you comfortable in the chair. A one-minute or less answer about you and your hobbies is all that is needed here. They don't need your name (they already have it) and NEVER tell them your age (they don't have that and never will until you're hired). A "Nugget" here: If they look baffled after your short answer, ask if they want more. They usually won't.

Most candidates make a big error on this question by dumping the whole load on why they want to be a firefighter, what they have done to prepare, why this city and on and on. That's not what this question is about. It's only to get you comfortable in the chair. Then, when the panel starts asking why they want to be a firefighter, what have they done to prepare and the other standard 30 possible oral board questions, they have to reiterate what they have already said. They lose valuable time and points here.

When some candidates start talking in an oral, it's like going on a journey. There could be no final destination. Most panel members aren't packed for the trip. I asked a candidate to tell me a little about himself during private coaching one day. I stopped him 12 minutes later. I said you have just used up 12 minutes of a 20 minute oral. What do you think we have time for now?

 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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