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1. Fire Prep Topics of Interest – Master the First Impression

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1. Fire Prep Topics of Interest – Master the First Impression

I spoke to a group of volunteers who were mostly aspiring firefighters recently. As I was greeting several members before I started, I shook hands with a big strapping lad who had firefighter written all over him.  He had that kind of firm handshake, smile and focused eye contact that can cause an oral board panel to want to hand him a badge.

A few moments later I turned to shake hands with another big guy. His handshake didn't carry the same message. The big problem was he didn't know. No one had told him. I had him go over and shake hands with the first guy. They worked on it for a few minutes and he returned with a
more confident handshake.

The following is from Work Your Network, by Joe "Mr. Network" Pelayo    :

A UCLA study found that when 2 people meet for the first time they make 20 distinctions about each other in the first 20 seconds, then spend the next 20 minutes finding out whether or
not they were right! The same study found that a handshake is worth an hour's conversation between two people, because handshakes are thought to be a judge of your character.

Use that handshake to make the right first impression.

First, it's expected you could be a little nervous. One of the raters will usually come out, escort  you into the room. As you stand up wipe any clammy sweat off your hands on the back of your pants.  As you're introduced for an interview, look each rater in the eye and give a firm
handshake. Practice handshakes. Too many times candidates give dead fish handshakes. Come on folks. 

When shaking hands with a female rater don't wait for the high beams to come on in her eyes because of too much pressure. Just match the pressure in her handshake. At the end of the   interview they will usually stand and shake hands again. Same eye contact while thanking (by rank if you know) them for the opportunity. 

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. 

Plainview Fire Department

Personnel Department
City Hall
901 Broadway
Plainview, TX 79072

Position: Firefighter

Last Filing Date:   July 22, 2009

Requirements: The City of Plainview is accepting applications for FIREFIGHTER Must have current certification or eligibility letter from Texas Commission on Fire Protection as a Firefighter and hold EMT certification, among other requirements. Deadline to apply is 5pm, July 22, 2009. Beginning hourly wage of $10.73 plus potential incentives. Complete benefits package offered. Contact Personnel Dept., City Hall, 901 Broadway, Plainview, TX 79072. (806) 296-1139. EEO. ADA.

Personnel Department
City Hall
901 Broadway
Plainview, TX 79072
806-296-1139;_ylc=X3oDMTEwdGF1MjFoBF9T AzM5NjUxMDMzNQRjYXQDT1RIBHBjb2RlAz

Corpus Christi Fire Department
201 N. Chaparral Ste 300
Corpus Christi, TX 78401

Nueces County

361-880-3954 - fax

Position: Firefighter I

Last Filing Date:   July 24, 2009


We welcome and appreciate your interest in employment with the City of Corpus Christi. As a recipient of the "All-America City" award, we are an equal opportunity employer; no information obtained during the recruitment/ selection process is intended for any discriminatory purposes.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

Salary-$3,517 starting per month

After six months - Salary-$3,747 per month

In addition to the monthly base pay will receive: $75 certification pay and $67.50 clothing allowance

REQUIREMENTS: The following are the minimum requirements for testing eligibility:

a) Must be at least 19 years of age by the date of the exam, and may not have reached their 36th birthday prior to being certified as eligible for a beginning position in the Department.

b) Must have a valid Texas Driver's License.

c) Must be at least a high school graduate or have received a certificate of equivalency for successful completion of the General Educational Development Test (GED).

d) Must be a citizen of the United States.

e) Must possess a current paramedic certification issued by the Texas Department of Health. Must maintain paramedic certification for a minimum of eight (8) years as a condition of employment.
f) Must be certified as a Firefighter by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection.

Applicants must successfully complete entry requirement, including a written examination, a physical fitness examination, a panel interview, a background check, a medical/psychological examination, and drug testing.

Successful candidates who are appointed will successfully complete a four week academy specifically designed for applicants hired in this hiring process.

Please submit an on-line application ( by July 24, 2009.

Closing Statement:

Any position that lists a minimum qualification for education level and/or license/certification will require the applicant to provide proof of documentation. This will be required when completing the Personal History Statement which will be required by all applicants passing the physical fitness test.

Employees are required to work in order to provide for the safety and well-being of the general public, including the delivery and restoration of vital services, in the event of an emergency.
This position is classified as "Safety Sensitive". All employees in safety sensitive positions are subject to random drug testing, pursuant to City policy, HR 15.0 Alcohol and Drug Abuse.

Job opening will close on:

July 24, 2009.

Starting Salary: $ 3,517.00

Contact: City of Corpus Christi Human Resources Department

Corpus Christi, TX 78401


Winston-Salem Fire Department
725 North Cherry Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27102

Forsyth County

336-773-7974 - fax

Position: Firefighter

Last Filing Date:   July 24, 2009

Starting Salary: $ 29,040.00

Contact: City of Winston-Salem
Human Resources Department
101 North Main Street, Suite 53
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Cocoa Beach Fire Department
PO Box 322430
Cocoa Beach, FL 32932

Brevard County

321-868-3366 - fax

Position: Firefighter/EMT

Last Filing Date:   July 31, 2009

Job Description: Performs emergency response work in fire suppression, emergency rescue and medical care. Responsible for inspecting and maintaining equipment, and performing fire inspections.

This is a non smoking, no tobacco use position. Required to live in Brevard County before completing 6 month probation period. Shifts are 24 hours on 48 hours off.

-  Florida State Firefighter I & II

    - Florida EMT License

    - CPR Certification by the American Heart Association

    - Florida Drivers License; Class E

    - Emergency Vehicle Operators Course

Please attach a copy of required certifications and driver's license with your application.

Health, Dental, & Life insurances, retirement plan-vested after 10 years, paid time off accrued at 22 hours per month, 11 paid holidays per year and education assistance.


Do not apply on line; all applications must be hand written. Print out Police/Firefighter application which includes the Tobacco Use Supplement. Fax to 321-868-3226, mail or drop off application to The City of Cocoa Beach, Personnel Department, 2 S. Orlando Avenue, Cocoa Beach, FL 32932. Questions may be e-mailed to .

Contact: City of Cocoa Beach
Personnel Department
2 South Orlando Avenue
Cocoa Beach, FL 32932
fax 321-868-3226

Durham Fire Department
51 College Road
Durham, NH 03824

Stratford County

603-862-1513 - fax

Position: Firefighter/EMT

Last Filing Date:   July 13, 2009

Requirements: The Town of Durham Fire Department is accepting applications for the position of full-time Fire Fighter/EMT, as well as creating a list of qualified candidates for future positions. The position responsibilities include but are not limited to; response to fire and medical emergencies, operating department apparatus, perform fire and life safety inspections, inspection and maintenance of department equipment and buildings and grounds. A complete job description may be obtained by contacting the Fire Department at 868-5531. Minimum qualifications; High School Diploma or equivalent, possession of a valid Drivers License, Nationally Registered EMT, NH Fire Fighter Certification and be able to obtain certification required for full-time Fire Fighters by the New Hampshire Fire Standards and Training Commission. The candidate must have the ability to pass a background investigation and a Medical Exam. Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to:

Contact: Chief Corey J Landry
Durham Fire Department
51 College Road
Durham, NH 03824

Elgin Fire Department
550 Summit Street
Elgin, IL 60120

Kane County

847-931-6179 - fax

Position: Firefighter

Last Filing Date:   July 22, 2009

Requirements: Start a well-supported and rewarding career as a firefighter for the CITY OF ELGIN. We are currently considering candidates at least 21 years old with valid Driver's License and in good physical condition. Requires U.S. Citizenship and successful completion of 60 credit hours from an accredited college. Salary ranges from $55,707 to $74,429.

Benefits include Life/Medical Insurance, pension program, longevity pay, tuition reimbursement, vacation/sick pay and much more! Applications are available 6/22-7/17/09 in the Human Resources Office at City Hall, 150 Dexter Court, Elgin, IL 60120. EOE CITY OF ELGIN

Starting Salary: $ 55,707.00

Top Salary: $ 74,429.00

Contact: City of Elgin
City Hall, Human Resources
150 Dexter Court
Elgin, IL 60120

Shelbyville Fire Department
40 West Broadway Street
Shelbyville, IN 46176

Shelby County

317-392-5121 - fax

Position: Firefighter

Last Filing Date:   July 31, 2009

Requirements: Shelbyville Fire Department's Application Process Starts Wednesday, July 1, 2009. Packets are available during regular business hours at fire headquarters, 40 W. Broadway St., Shelbyville, IN or online at until Friday, July 31, 2009. Complete packets must be returned no later than 4:00 pm Monday August 31, 2009. Applicants must be 21 years of age and a citizen of the United States.

Contact: City of Shelbyville, Fire Department
40 West Broadway Street
Shelbyville, IN 46176

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