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1. Fire Prep Topics of Interest – Basic Necessities When Testing For The Position Of Firefighter:  Items That All Candidates Should Have In Their Toolbox

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1. Fire Prep Topics of Interest – Basic Necessities When Testing For The Position Of Firefighter:  Items That All Candidates Should Have In Their Toolbox

I liken becoming a firefighter to the television show "Survivor." In many ways, getting hired as a firefighter is survival of the fittest, and not for the faint at heart. Many candidates begin the process, a select few get hired. Why is that you may wonder? Obviously many candidates do not know what they are getting into or realize how tough and challenging (mentally, physically, and financially) it will be to obtain the career of their dreams. The more you can prepare yourself, the better you are going to be. I have provided below a list of basic necessities every firefighter candidate should have in their toolbox to better prepare themselves for the firefighter testing process and the resulting career they are aspiring to.

Computer access. Every candidate needs to have computer access for the following reasons:

  • To learn basic computer skills that will be required of them on the job, even as a firefighter.
  • To have a working knowledge of programs such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Outlook, and be able to use either a PC or a Macintosh based system.

Internet access. Every candidate needs to have internet access for the following reasons:

  • To research fire departments
  • To research the fire service
  • To research the city/county/jurisdiction they are applying to
  • To apply for jobs (some departments allow you to do an online job application)
  • To network with other candidates and fire service professionals.
  • To just be in touch with the latest technology.

E-mail address. Not having an e-mail address in today's world is similar to not owning a vehicle or not willing to learn the common language where you work or live. It is a necessity for communication. That said, I strongly suggest having a professional sounding email address, preferably one that has a form of your name on it, as opposed to something that is hard to read, understand, or just plain immature, suggestive, and/or immature.

Funding source. Any career worth having is going to take time, energy, education, and most of all money to obtain. Money will be required to pay for education, pay for travel expenses while taking firefighter examinations, pay for appropriate attire to wear to oral interviews and other phases of the hiring process, and so forth. You have to spend money to make money, and this is no different. Preferably mom and dad are not your primary funding source. Why you might ask? Because an oral board does not want to hear that you have lived at home all your life with mom and dad paying for everything. That doesn't prove much in the way of independence, fiscal responsibility, or budgeting on your part. The best funding source is a job (legal and ethical one) that will also provide valuable experience to go on your resume and to sell to an oral board.

Clean presentation. Even though the world today is not as conservative as it used to be, the fire service, other governmental agencies, and most businesses still look to hire people that present themselves very well, especially in the way of personal grooming, attire, etc. Remember that perception is reality, and if you look like a slob, or look unkempt, then you probably are in the eyes of the beholder.

Reliable transportation. It is very important to have transportation, and specifically reliable transportation. The last thing you want to have to do is worry about your car not making it to the written examination. If your car breaks down on the way to the test, and you end being late to the test, most departments will not let you continue in the process. While it might seem unfair, it is reality. If you have a vehicle that is not reliable, then you might need to look into alternate means of travel (which may or may not also be reliable) such as friends, public transportation, etc. The problem with those options is that they are subject to breakdowns, traffic delays, availability, overstaying your welcome, etc.

Dress attire. Males and females need to have at least one (preferably two - in case something happens to the first outfit, if it is in the dry cleaners, or if you have events on back-to-back days and the first outfit is unavailable or dirty) very nice dress outfit in their wardrobe. You will need this outfit for the oral interview, for the chief's interview, and possibly other events of the hiring process. If nothing else, you can always use that outfit for weddings, funerals, dressy events, etc.

Extremely positive attitude. The fire service is always looking for folks with a positive attitude. Becoming a firefighter can be such a draining, challenging, and depressing process at times that it is easy to get a bad or negative attitude. Been there, done that myself. It can be very depressing at times when you think you did well on a test and you find out just the opposite, or you find out that you missed a testing opportunity because of some reason or another. Regardless, you have to force yourself to stay positive and realize that good things come to those that wait, and are persistent and positive. What's meant to be is meant to be. Having a negative attitude does nobody any good, especially you.

Good character traits. Good character traits include such words as honesty, trustworthiness, accountability, a sense of responsibility, a good sense of humor, a tolerance of diversity, loyalty, hard-worker, faithful, and dependable, just to name a few. Besides making you a better human being, they will also make you a more successful firefighter and greatly increase your chances of getting hired. Good character traits are evaluated in almost every phase of the hiring process - from the time you file the job application, to the written test, to the oral board, to the psychological examination, to the chief's interview, and to the background investigation. Character traits (good and bad) will come up at all points of the process, and will more than likely help you get the job, or keep you from getting the job. Additionally, good character traits will help you complete the recruit academy, complete probation, and have a successful career as a firefighter.

Common sense. Last but not least, is having good common sense. Contrary to popular belief, common sense is not as common as we think (which is one of the reasons firefighters and police officers have jobs!). We cannot teach you common sense; common sense is something that you are either born with or are able to obtain and continuously improve on during your life. Lack of common sense can keep you from getting hired as a firefighter, and also terminate your employment as a firefighter.

Having these basic necessities in your toolbox will greatly increase your chances of employment as a firefighter. Nobody is perfect; however the more of these you can have in your back pocket; the more successful you are going to be!

Thanks to Chief Steve Prziborowski for this insightful article.  Additional articles by Steve Prziborowski can be found at the link below:

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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. 


Carlsbad Fire Department
2560 Orion Way
Carlsbad, CA 92008

San Diego County

760-929-0256 - fax


Position: Firefighter/Paramedic

Last Filing Date:   October 2, 2010


For those interested in San Diego North County Regional employment opportunities.
Participating agencies include the cities of:
* Carlsbad
* Encinitas
* Escondido
* Oceanside
* Poway
* San Marcos
* Solana Beach
* Vista
* North County Fire Protection District
* Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District

The next exam is scheduled for Saturday October 17, 2009 at the San Marcos Public Safety Training Facility. Candidates with passing written exam scores will be permitted to take the physical ability test that afternoon.

Immediate openings are available. Candidates with passing test scores will be placed on an applicant list for six (6) months, and may be extended. The applicant list will be available to participating San Diego North County fire agencies as a source for potential candidates for employment as a Firefighter 1 / Paramedic.

COST: No charge

* Current California or National Registry Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic license.

- California State accredited Fire Academy certificate
- California State Firefighter I certificate

How to Apply:
Applications can be obtained at any of the participating agencies through their Human Resources/Personnel offices and at the Palomar College-Fire Technology Office. If candidates want an application mailed, they must send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the:

Palomar College - Fire Technology
182 Santar Place
San Marcos, CA 92069

Submit a complete application package for Firefighter/Paramedic testing to the:

Palomar College - Fire Technology
182 Santar Place
San Marcos, CA 92069

Candidates who do not submit all documents requested will be disqualified from the testing process. Please provide an email address on the application.

Application Filing Deadline: Applications by October 9th, 2009 at 12:00 p.m.


If you require reasonable accommodation in the testing process, please call (760) 744-1150 x1704 at least 7 days before the scheduled test date.

Now Accepting Applications for the Firefighter I Academy Until November 2, 2010

Academy starts January 19, 2010


Contact: City of Carlsbad, Human Resources Department
1635 Faraday Avenue
Carlsbad, CA 92008
760-744-1150 ext1704
jobline 760-602-2480



Temple Terrace Fire Department
124 Bullard Pkwy
Temple Terrace, FL 33617

Hillsborough County

813-989-7062 - fax


Position: Firefighter/Paramedic

Last Filing Date:   October 9, 2009



SALARY: *$43,132 - $63,605
* (Salary includes $5200 Paramedic incentive. Other salary incentives & holiday compensation available based on qualifications.) This is general duty in the prevention of fire damage and involves responsibility for the protection of life and property by combating, extinguishing and preventing fires. Duties include the operation of firefighting equipment such as pumpers, rescue equipment and related apparatus. A portion of the time is spent in training, study and in maintaining the department, equipment, apparatus and quarters.

 High School Diploma or GED.

Special Requirements:
 Valid Florida driver's license.
 Must be tobacco-free for one year preceding appointment and throughout Fire Department employment (affidavit required).
 Possess Paramedic and/or EMT Certification.
 Possess State of Florida Firefighter Certification as set forth by the Firefighter's Standards Council.

The City of Temple Terrace is a drug-free workplace. A pre-employment drug screen, criminal history background investigation, and a driver's license verification will be conducted.

POSTING DATE: October 1, 2008
CLOSING DATE: Open until filled.


Starting Salary: $ 43,132.00

Top Salary: $ 63,605.00


Contact: City of Temple Terrace
11250 North 56th Street
Temple Terrace, FL 33617



Gainesville Fire Department
118 Jesse Jewell Parkway SW
Gainesville, GA 30501

Hall County

770-535-5845 - fax


Position: Firefighter I

Last Filing Date:   October 2, 2009


Requirements: The City of Gainesville is now accepting applications for Firefighter I. If you are interested in applying, you will be required to submit a Firefighter Application Packet.

Completed packets and required documents must be received by 5:00pm, October 2, 2009.

Gainesville Human Resources Department
Gainesville, GA 30501
fax 770-531-2679


Burke County Emergency Services
200 Avery Avenue
PO Box 219
Morganton, NC 28680-0219


828-438-1841 - fax


Position: Paramedic

Last Filing Date:   October 23, 2009


Special Instructions: Position open until filled


Requirements: Description of Work: Burke County Emergency Services is currently recruiting highly motivated individuals to fill several Paramedic positions to respond to emergency and non-emergency calls, apply necessary emergency medical care treatment at the advanced life support level, and transport patients to the most appropriate medical facility. Duties include, but are not limited to: operating emergency vehicles and equipment; completing patient care documentation reports; and other related duties as required by NC Office of EMS Standards and Burke County Emergency Services Protocols and Guidelines. Work schedule is 24.5 hours on and 72 hours off. Employee must be able to work beyond the scheduled hours as needed, including inclement weather conditions and special events. One of the position vacancies is assigned to the County's Prime Time crew working a 40-hour workweek during peak times to meet staffing needs. Burke County EMS is the primary ALS provider for 511 square miles.

Salary does not reflect overtime pay.

Education and Experience Requirements: Graduation from high school or equivalent and completion of accredited EMT-Paramedic Program. Current certification through NC Office of Emergency Medical Services as an EMT Paramedic. Candidates currently enrolled in a Paramedic program may be considered for the position.

Special Requirements: Certification by the NC Medical Examiners Board as an EMT-Paramedic. Valid NC driver's license. Satisfactory results of criminal background, drug screening and driving record checks. Must be able to exert in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects. Requires the ability to maintain body equilibrium when bending, stooping, crouching, climbing, balancing, crawling, walking, reaching and/or stretching arms, legs or other parts of body, and to physically maneuver, push, pull and lift over and/or upon varying terrain, surfaces or physical structures, talking, hearing and repetitive motions.

Application Process: Burke County applications can be obtained at the Human Resources office during regular business hours at the address listed above or at the following webpage:

Submit application by 5:00 PM on the closing date to
Burke County Human Resources.
P.O. Box 219
200 Avery Ave
Morganton, NC 28680-0219
(828) 439-4358
Fax (828) 438-5433


Starting Salary: $ 29,123.80


Contact: Burke County Human Resources
PO Box 219
200 Avery Avenue
Morganton, NC 28680-0219
fax 828-438-5433



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

Forsyth County

336-773-7974 - fax


Position: Firefighter

Last Filing Date:   October 9, 2009

High School diploma or equivalent.

Successfully complete a physical agility test and pass drug test and receive an acceptable background check.

Upon hiring, personnel, personnel must successfully complete basic fire training which includes obtaining a NC Fire fighter Level II certification an d an EMT-D medical certification.

Ability to obtain possession of a valid North Carolina class B driver's license within 30 days of completion of recruit school.

Prefer 20 years of age or older.


Starting Salary: $ 29,040.00


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



Miami Valley Fire and EMS Alliance
Sinclair Community College Bldg, #220, Suite 231
220 South Edwin C. Moses Blvd.
Dayton, OH 45402



Hiring Information:

Position: Firefighter

Last Filing Date:   October 30, 2009


Requirements: The Miami Valley Fire/EMS Alliance is holding registration for a testing process to establish an eligibility list for full and part-time firefighters in the region, specifically for the communities of Beavercreek Twp, Brookville, Butler Twp, Clayton, Englewood, Germantown, Harrison Twp, Huber Hgts, Jackson Twp (Farmersville), Jefferson Twp, Miamisburg, Miami Twp, Moraine, New Lebanon, Phillipsburg, Riverside, Trotwood and Washington Twp. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age; posses a valid Ohio Drivers' License, and a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent. Participating departments may establish other criteria for their individual selection and hiring process. Generally, applicants for full-time positions must have Firefighter II and EMT-P certifications. Hiring criteria for part-time positions varies but most departments require a minimum of Firefighter I and EMT-B or EMT-P certification. The schedule is:

Registration: Sept 28 to Oct 30, 2009 - 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
MVFEA, Sinclair Building 20, Room 231; 220 Edwin C. Moses Blvd.,
Dayton, OH 45407
Written Test: Nov. 6, 2009 at 8a.m.


CPAT & Orientation will be conducted at a later date. For more information call: 937-512-5103. All participating communities are equal opportunity employers.
First Published in Cox Ohio Publishing Newspapers on Sep 20 2009


Contact: Miami Valley Fire and EMS Alliance
Sinclair Building 20, Building 231
220 Edwin C. Moses Blvd.
Dayton, OH 45402
937-512-5108 ary;_ylt=Ar6_z_qFdJ5wIvpEbl1.



Saint Bernard Fire Department
5116 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45217

Hamilton County

513-242-0305 - fax

Hiring Information:

Position: Firefighter Exam

Last Filing Date:   October 15, 2009



Saturday, October 17, 2009

St. Bernard City Hall
110 Washington Ave.
Lower Level, 9 AM

(Examination will take approx. 2 - 2 1/2 Hours)

APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AT CITY HALL FROM September 28, 2009 Mondays- Fridays THROUGH October 15, 2009 9AM - 5PM

1. The applicant must be a citizen of the United States.
2. The applicant must be a high school graduate.
3. The applicant must have a valid Ohio Driver's license.
4. Veterans must attach a copy of proof of uniformed duty with the application.
5. Anyone 18 years of age may apply to take the examination. No one shall be eligible to receive an appointment prior to their eighteenth (18th) birthday or past their thirty-first (31st) birthday.
6. Returned application will be time-stamped by the City Clerk to determine any tie-breakers in scoring exams.

1. The Civil Service Commission reserves the right to conduct a lottery drawing to select those applicants who will qualify for the exam test.
2. The applicant must present photo- identification for admission to the examination facility.
3. Veterans must present the original proof of having served uniformed service on the day of the examination to be eligible for Military Service credit.
4. Passing grade for this examination will be 70%, not including military points.
5. Credit for prior experience is not given for Entry level examinations.

1. Applicant must be willing to submit to the following: Background Check, Polygraph Test, Personal Interview, Psychological Examination, Physical Examination and Physical Ability Test (to be given first).
2. Applicant must enroll in a Paramedic course after appointment.

Contact: St. Bernard City Hall
110 Washington Avenue
St. Bernard, OH 45217



Columbia Fire Department
1800 Laurel Street
Columbia, SC 12345



Position: Firefighter

Last Filing Date:   October 23, 2009


Special Instructions: Position open until filled


Requirements: Pay: Firefighter Recruit Trainee $26,707/Annual Firefighter Recruit $28,300/Annual Firefighter $29,893/Annual

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: You must:1) be eighteen (18) years or older as of date of application; 2) have a high school diploma; or, a state GED certificate; or a college diploma; 3)possess (and maintain) a valid Class "D" Drivers License; and, have an acceptable driving record.

 NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:  Selected applicants must successfully complete all pre-employment requirements, i.e., Physical Agility Test and any other testing as may be administered. Also, as a condition of employment, selected applicants must successfully complete the Columbia Fire Department Ten (10) Week Training Program within the first six (6) months of employment.

PRE-REQUISITES: You must: 1) Complete a City of Columbia Firefighter's Application Packet in its entirety (NO resume will be accepted without a completed City of Columbia Employment Application); 2) Submit all required documents; 3) Have a clean criminal record; 4) Be of good character and be temperate in habits; and, 5) Have a good employment history.  If you have had over four (4) previous jobs, you must complete the Previous Employment Continuation page contained in the Firefighter's Application Packet.

NOTE: A complete background investigation for criminal convictions and driver license violation records will be conducted through local, state and national criminal record agencies. The City of Columbia Fire Department WILL NOT consider applicants for Firefighter positions who have: 1) a felony conviction in a criminal court (except minor traffic offenses); 2) a record of driving under intoxication (DUI) or driving under suspension (DUS); or, any driving suspension within the past seven (7) years REQUEST A FIREFIGHTER APPLICATION PACKET. Ask the receptionist for the Firefighter Application Packet or send an e-mail to or call 803-545-3010. Be sure and provide your name and COMPLETE mailing address.


Starting Salary: $ 26,707.00


Contact: City of Columbia, City Hall
1737 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29201
803-545-3001 or



Arlington Fire Department
620 W. Division Street
Arlington, TX 76011

Tarrant County

817-459-5507 - fax

Hiring Information:

Position: Firefighter/EMT, Intermediate Paramedic

Last Filing Date:   October 2, 2009


City of Arlington, Texas is seeking:

Salary - $2,860 (FY 2009) per month during sixteen-week Fire Academy
Salary - $3,731 (FY 2009) per month following sixteen-week Fire Academy

The City of Arlington, Texas, will start a hiring process on September 1, 2009 for Firefighters/EMT-Intermediates as well as EMT-Intermediates and Paramedics who want to become certified firefighters. A sixteen-week Fire Academy will begin on February 22, 2010 Following successful completion of the sixteen-week Fire Academy, recruits will be assigned to Fire-Rescue where they will respond to fire alarms and other emergency calls, perform fire suppression functions, administer emergency medical services, conduct inspections, present public fire and life safety programs, and participate in and conduct training.

Minimum Requirements:
 High School diploma or equivalent
 Nineteen years of age by January 4, 2010
 Vision/Hearing: Must be able to identify red and green and have correctable vision to 20/20 with glasses or contact lenses. Must not have hearing loss in the better ear greater than 40 decibels at 500 Hz and 2,000 Hz with or without a hearing aid.
 EMT-Intermediate or Paramedic certified by the Texas Department of State Health Services by January 4, 2010
 Valid Class C Driver's License
(Proof of minimum requirements must be submitted on or before January 4, 2010.)

Written test will be given in Arlington, San Antonio and Houston.

Reasonable accommodation requests for disabilities during testing must be made in advance.

The application period will be from September 1 – October 2, 2009. On September 1, 2009, application forms will be available on the Arlington Fire Department website at or in person at the Workforce Services Department, 101 South Mesquite Street, Suite 790, Arlington, TX 76010. Applications may be submitted in person or mailed to the Workforce Services Department by the deadline (mail must be postmarked by October 2, 2009). Study guides and written test information will be mailed to applicants who meet the minimum requirements and turn in complete applications. For additional information, contact the Arlington Fire Department Recruitment Office at 817-459-5553.
 Must have no family member working for the Arlington Fire Department


Contact: Workforce Services Department
101 South Mesquite Street, Suite 790
Arlington, TX 76010



Prince William County Fire and Rescue
9250 Lee Avenue
Manassas, VA 20110

Prince William County

703-792-4362 - fax


Position: Firefighter / EMT

Last Filing Date:   October 9, 2009


Special Instructions: Position open until filled


Requirements: The 450 career women and men who serve as Firefighters / Emergency Medical Technicians of Prince William County Fire and Rescue are dedicated to protecting lives. Few careers can offer such a challenging and meaningful mission. We are proud to have a team of professionals who serve with unity, values and teamwork.

These are full-time, paid, uniformed, entry level career opportunities no experience is necessary. We provide all basic training at our Training Academy including emergency medical care, firefighting, apparatus and equipment operation, fire prevention, fitness training and more.

We are also looking for individuals with Advanced Life Support certification who receive a minimum starting salary of $49,377 plus per hour supplement pay.

Prince William County, Virginia (pop. 380,000) is a large and diverse community located 35 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. We are a growing organization with tremendous learning and promotional opportunities.

A starting salary of $44,086 and full-time benefits are offered while attending the Academy, and a $3,000 signing bonus is available upon successful completion of training. For Advanced Life Support certification, we provide an additional $5,291 incentive pay plus per hour supplement pay. We also offer free Advanced Life Support training to individuals who wish to become paramedics. Annual retention supplements are also offered. Employees are eligible for up to $5,000/year tuition reimbursement, and we offer a stipend for individuals who are bilingual English/Spanish.

Are you ready to start a lifetime profession in an environment of camaraderie, teamwork and sense of family? Please visit our web site at and click on Career Opportunities for more information about our organization and its extraordinary career opportunities.

Prince William County Fire and Rescue is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Supports Workplace Diversity. Minorities and females are encouraged to apply.

Our minimum requirements are:
* Be 18 years of age by date of hire
* Be a high school graduate or have a G.E.D.
* Have a valid driver's license
* Applicants must meet additional requirements during the selection process including passing a written test, a candidate physical ability test, polygraph, background check, medical exam and interview.

Individuals applying with Advanced Life Support certification, must possess Virginia or National EMT-I or EMT-P.

For more information and to submit our online application, please visit our web site at and click on "Career Opportunities." Apply by April 17, 2009, to be considered for our January 2010 Training Academy hiring.


Starting Salary: $44,086.90

Top Salary: $70,539.04


Contact: Prince William Fire and Rescue
8494 Kao Circle
Manassas, VA 20110
703-335-5369 (fax)


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