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February 2008

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3. Examination Announcements

    • Tempe, Arizona
    • Cincinnati, Ohio

4. Oral Exam Preparation – Las Vegas, Nevada


1.  Psychological Exam Strategy - Don McNea Fire School/


In today's testing formats, many questions are designed to determine if you have the personality characteristics of a successful firefighter.  Below, we have outlined some important thoughts to keep in your mind when taking your examination:


  • Are you the type of person who believes that teamwork is of the utmost importance?
  • Are you the type of person that goes above and beyond in your preparation for whatever you do?  Do you go the extra mile?  Do you give the extra effort?
  • Are you the type of person that believes that people are honest in nature or are you always on guard that someone has an ulterior motive and is not sincere in their desires?
  • Are you the type of person that gets along with most of the people that you meet?  Are you friendly, outgoing?  These are traits that are important as a firefighter dealing with the public.
  • Do you enjoy working with people as a group or do you prefer working by yourself?  This is very important - you must emphasize in any firefighter exam that you take that you are the type of person that likes to work with a team.
  • Are you the type of person that can concentrate when you are working on a task or are you easily distracted?  Many times on the fireground you will deal with people coming up to you, interrupting you, asking you questions.  Are you the type of person that can concentrate on the task at hand with all those interruptions?
  • Are you the type of person who has empathy for others and can sympathize with someone else's troubles?
  • Are you the type of person that is phony in nature?  When working or dealing with others from another culture, do you shift your mannerisms to match that culture or do you stay true to yourself?
  • Are you the type of person that feels that work is important or would you just take a day off and go golfing, bowling, or just out to have fun with your friends?  Do you feel that work comes first?
  • Are you the type of person that has patience and understanding?
  • Are you the type of person that has a tendency to often come to work tardy?  Are you the type of person that believes that timelines and deadlines aren't important?
  • Knowing that firefighting is a very physically demanding job, are you up to the challenge?  Are you physically fit and will you continue to work out?
  • Are you the type of person that believes that rules in a fire department should be followed?  The fire department is a paramilitary organization.  Do you skirt the rules or feel that rules can be broken if it suits your particular needs?
  • Are you the type of person that is always trying to improve themselves - whether it is taking classes, going to seminars, reading books?
  • Are you the type of person that enjoys gossip or do you keep gossip to yourself?  In a firehouse, you are in a 24-hour atmosphere with others and people can get caught up in the gossip.  Even if you know a rumor that is true about another firefighter, would you share that information with others?
  • Are you the type of person that others feel is interesting and enjoyable to talk to?  Do you have communication problems with others?
  • Are you the type of person that has biases against other groups and feel that they aren't deserving of firefighter jobs or promotions?
  • Are you the type of person who looks down on others when they are going through hard times?
  • Do you like to meet a challenge head on and enjoy when a challenge has been successfully completed?  Do you enjoy taking on more work and activities or would you prefer to let others do it?
  • Are you the type of person that feels your recommendations should be followed - that it's your way or the highway?  Or do you realize that the more input and opinions there are in a discussion lead to a better decision?


Below is a testimonial to our psychological program success:


"It was quite frustrating to continually finish in the top 10% on the written exam but continue to fail the psychological portion of the exam. I didn't know what I was doing wrong, only that I failed it. After purchasing your program, I realized the mistakes that I was making. Just fine-tuning a couple areas of the personality traits that the psychologists are looking for gave me the edge I needed. I have now completed two psychological examinations, have passed both and am a finalist in those departments." Brad from Ohio.


Don McNea Fire School Psychological Exam Preparation addresses this key component of the testing process that between 40%-60% of applicants are failing . More information can be found at the link below:


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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!!


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Don McNea Fire School is currently offering our custom-designed examination preparation products for the following firefighter examinations.  Click on the links below for complete information and preparation information:



3. Examination Announcements


  • Tempe, Arizona. 
  • RECRUITMENT OPENS: Monday, February 25, 2008, at 7:30 a.m. (Arizona time)

    RECRUITMENT CLOSES: Friday, February 29, 2008, at 5:00 p.m. (Arizona time)

    Application packets will be available in the Human Resources Office (20 E. 6th Street) or on their website ( beginning Monday, February 25, 2008. Applications cannot be submitted on-line. The first 1500 applications received will be accepted. Those who submit an incomplete application will not be invited to test.  In-State candidates must submit their applications in person to the City of Tempe Human Resources office or the Tempe/APS Joint Fire Training Center as listed above. You may designate someone to drop off your application for you, however, postal services such as UPS or FedEx are not acceptable. Applicants submitting internet applications will need to allow sufficient time when dropping off their application to fill out an applicant data scan sheet. Testing information, including assigned testing time, will be given to qualified candidates as they drop off their application.  Applications mailed or dropped in the application drop box outside of the Human Resources Department will not be accepted.


    Don McNea Fire School will be assembling an at-home preparatory package to prepare you for the Tempe, AZ, examination.  Please check our website at soon for all the details!


  • Cincinnati, Ohio.
  •  Fire Recruit Salary: $34,028 Annually; Firefighter Salary: $44,917 - $56,776 Annually
    Application Deadline: 5:00, Friday, March 14, 2008

    Exam Date: Saturday, March 29, 2008

      Registration information and exam preparation can be found at the following link:


If you want to start getting that ULTIMATE edge over your competition in this highly-competitive firefighter job market, click on the link below for exam preparation covering the written, oral, physical agility and psychological portions of the testing process: =========================================

4. Oral Exam Preparation - Las Vegas, Nevada


Thank you to all of those that purchased our written examination material to prepare you for the Las Vegas Firefighter Examination and sent so many positive emails letting us know how helpful our information was!  For those you are now preparing for the next step in the Las Vegas hiring process, go to the link below for Capt Bob's Oral Exam Preparation:


Below is another testimonial of the success of Capt. Bob's Oral Interview Program:


Capt. Bob,

  Well, Neil just got his first official job offer. Yay!  He ended up in the #1 spot with two different departments, and the #2 spot with two others on his FIRST attempt at becoming a firefighter.  He still has two Chief's interviews scheduled in the next couple of weeks (he is currently #1 and #2 with them respectively) that he will have to cancel because he starts work on the 10th.  The oral boards and Chiefs he interviewed with these last couple months were all so impressed with his interview skills, original life experience-linked answers, and down-to-earthedness that they couldn't believe he was so new at this.

      Working on life stories and how to link them to common oral board questions was really the key. So, thank you for pointing us in that direction.  Feel free to use us for a reference if you'd like.


Lindsey and Neil

Bellevue, WA


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