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Topic:  First Impressions, Phone Messages and E-mail Addresses Newsletter #58 entry-level newsletter is about YOU BEING THE BEST - THE BEST PREPARED AND BEST INFORMED! 

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1. Fire Prep Topics of Interest – First Impressions: Phone Messages and E-mail Addresses

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1.  Fire Prep Topics of Interest – First Impressions: Phone Messages and E-mail Addresses

Many aspiring firefighters live together with their friends to cut down on expenses and help pay for their education (paramedic, etc.).

We recently conducted a prep class in which an opening occurred and we called the first person on the waiting list. The message on the phone was, "You have reached the house of Tim, Jim and Steve. We are unable to answer the phone because we are sitting around drinking beer and doing shots of Crown Royal. Leave your name and number, where we met you, and how drunk we were when we met you."

It might seem funny, but if that message was on the phone when a department called to bring you in for an oral interview or even a job offer, what do you think the officer would do? That also goes for cell phone messages and the fancy e-mail addresses that many applicants have. Many job applications require you to include your e-mail address as part of the process; be sure your e-mail address is professional.

The following is from Battalion Chief Steve Prziborowski on this subject...

Seriously, it is a big problem. Take a deep look and listen to your phone message (home phone, cell phone, etc.) and try to objectively think how a fire chief or other fire department representative) or a city personnel staff member would feel when they hear something inappropriate as such? You may think it is funny or cute or whate4ver, but once again, zoom out ten clicks and take a look at the big picture. It's not about you - it's about what others think about you. Yes, perception is someone else's reality. Is it worth missing out on a chance at the best career in the world? You make the call.

I've heard everything from someone sounding like they were Luther Vandross or Rico Suave trying to serenade you to take off your clothes, to someone who thought they were auditioning for Animal House, a rap video/cd or just paying homage to their favorite musician. This also goes for people who think it is cute to have their little ones leave the recording. It may be cute to you, but it can be quite annoying. The bottom line is that you never know who you may offend or annoy, and if you want to be successful, play it safe and, yes, sterile. "Hi, this is John. I am unable to come to the phone. Please leave a message and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. Have a great day."

Isn't the best predictor of future behavior past behavior? Don't firefighters have to answer phones at the fire station and present themselves in the best light to the public? Just a thought.

If we're talking about phone messages, take a similar look at your e-mail address. It may seem funny or cute to you when you initially created it, but how does it look to an industry professional offering you a job? Stick to your first and last name and you typically can't go wrong.

Call it discrimination, call it personal opinion, call it creatively, or call it uniqueness, it doesn't matter. What matters is you learn from the successes and failures of others and make your own informed opinion.


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4. Job Announcements by

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. 

Firefighter Job Openings:

Tuscaloosa, AL

Advanced Fire & Rescue, CA

Santa Fe Springs, CA

Jackson County, FL

Elkhart, IN

Annapolis, MD

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Commonwealth of MA

Duluth, MN

Biloxi, MS

Fairfield, OH

Findlay, OH

Columbia, SC

Prince George County, VA

Tuscaloosa Fire Department
P.O. Box 2089
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Tuscaloosa County


Position: Firefighter

Last Filing Date:   April 23, 2010

Starting Salary: $ 39,591.23

Top Salary: $ 52,535.48

Contact: City of Tuscaloosa, Human Resources
2201 University Blvd., 2nd Floor
Tuscaloosa, AL 35403
205-349-0125 D=150259&hit_coun

Advanced Fire And Rescue
16205 Lost Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91351

Los Angeles County


Position: Firefighter

Last Filing Date:   February 26, 2010

Contact: Craig Sanford, Fire Captain
16205 Lost Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91387
fax resume to 661-298-3069

Santa Fe Springs Fire Department
11300 Greenstone Avenue
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670

Los Angeles County

562-941-1817 - fax

Position: Firefighter

Last Filing Date:   February 17, 2010

Contact:   Santa Fe Springs City Hall
11710 Telegraph Road
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670

Jackson County Fire And Rescue
2864 Madison Street
Marianna, FL 32448

Jackson County

850-482-9643 - fax

Starting Salary: $ 30,688.97

Contact: Jackson County Human Resources
2864 Madison County Street
Marianna, FL 32448

Elkhart Fire Department
500 East Street
Elkhart, IN 46516

Elkhart County


Contact: City of Elkhart Human Resources
201 South Second Street
Elkhart, IN 46516

Annapolis Fire Department
93 Main Street, 3rd Floor
Annapolis, MD 21401

Anne Arundel County

Contact: City of Annapolis
Human Resources Department
93 Main Street, 3rd Floor
Annapolis, MD 21401

Boston Fire Headquarters
115 Southampton Street
Boston, MA 02118

Position: 2010 Firefighter Exam

Last Filing Date:   April 24, 2010


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Commonwealth Of Massachusetts
Executive Office of Public Safety and Security
PO Box 1025
Stow, MA 01775

978-567-3121 - fax

Position: Firefighter/Examination

Last Filing Date:   March 16, 2010

Contact: Human Resources Division
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108
800-392-6178 2c+Equal+Access%2c+Disa

Duluth Fire Department
411 West 1st Street
Duluth, MN 55802

St. Louis County

218-723-3245 - fax

Position: Firefighter

Last Filing Date:   February 5, 2010

Biloxi Fire Department
PO Box 68
Biloxi, MS 39533

Harrison County

601-435-6183 - fax

Contact: Biloxi Fire Department
140 Lameuse Street
PO Box 429
Biloxi, MS 39533

Fairfield Fire Department
375 Niles Road
Fairfield, OH 45014

Butler County

513-867-6060 - fax

Hiring Information:

Position: Firefighter/Paramedic

Last Filing Date:   February 5, 2010

Contact: Fairfield Municipal Building
5350 Pleasant Avenue
Fairfield, OH 45014

Findlay Fire Department
720 South Main Street
Findlay, OH 45840

Hancock County

419-424-7849 - fax

Position: Firefighter

Last Filing Date:   February 16, 2010

Special Instructions: Position closes at 4:00 pm

Contact: City of Findlay, Civil Service Commission Office
Room 303, 3rd Floor
318 Dorney Plaza
Findlay, OH 45840

Columbia Fire Department
1800 Laurel Street
Columbia, SC 12345


Position: Firefighter

Last Filing Date:   February 12, 2010

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

Prince George County Fire Services
6400 Courthouse Road
Prince George, VA 23875

Prince George County

804-733-2602 - fax

Position: Firefighter/EMT-Paramedic/Intermediate

Last Filing Date:   February 19, 2010

Starting Salary: $ 37,716.00

Top Salary: $ 60,345.00

Contact: County of Prince George Human Resources
PO Box 68
6602 Courts Drive, Administration Building
Prince George, VA 23875
804-722-8669 jobID=204454&hit_


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