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Topic: 25 Reasons to Hire You as a Firefighter! Newsletter #67 entry-level newsletter is about YOU BEING THE BEST - THE BEST PREPARED AND BEST INFORMED!

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November 29, 2012

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    1. 25 Reasons to Hire You as a Firefighter

    2. 2013 City of Akron Firefighter Exam Announcement

    3. 2013 Miami-Dade Firefighter Exam Prep

    4. City of Richmond, VA, Firefighter Exam

    5. City of Oakland CA Firefighter Exam

    6. Additional Firefighter Job Openings Across the Country

    7. Department Spotlight ~ Austin, TX


1. 25 Reasons to Hire You as a Firefighter

The process to become a firefighter is very challenging and frustrating. I would venture for every person hired in the fire service there are at least ten that are not hired in the fire service. The number ten may be small and in reality the number is probably much, much higher.

However, that should not deter you from obtaining the career of your dreams. While it will not be an easy process to become a firefighter, it will sure be worth all of the time and effort you put into the journey once you receive that badge. It took me approximately four and a half years to become a firefighter, and it was time well spent. I could not think of anything else I would want to be doing with my life. For a 30-year career in the fire service, spending a few years trying to become a firefighter is the cost of doing business.

Does luck play a part in getting hired as a firefighter? Of course it does. However, luck is not the primary reason you get a job offer. To get that far in the hiring process, you must have first successfully passed all phases of the hiring process and also shown some promise that you would be a good return on a department's investment.

While this list is not inclusive, it does provide a good starting point of how to properly prepare and market yourself to a fire department that is looking to make a good investment and hire the best personnel to serve their customers.

Use this list not only when you are preparing to become a firefighter, but also while you are preparing yourself for each phase of the hiring process completing the application, taking the written test, taking the oral interview, etc. and while you are participating in each phase of the hiring process.

Here are 25 reasons to hire you as a firefighter:

    1. You have significant formal education a two-or four-year degree in fire technology or a closely related field.

    2. You have more than the minimum in the way of certifications and licenses. Having just the minimum allows you to apply for the position. Going above and beyond, and getting the certificates and licenses that are considered highly desirable will help set you apart from the other candidates.

    3. You have an extensive, significant and diverse life experience background to offer.

    4. You have an extensive, significant and diverse work experience background to offer.

    5. You have an extensive, significant and diverse volunteer/community service background to offer.

    6. You have excellent oral communication skills.

    7. You have excellent written communication skills.

    8. You have an extensive knowledge and understanding of mechanical ability.

    9. You have a sparkling, cheery and positive personality.

    10. You have a contagious enthusiasm in whatever you are doing or wanting to do.

    11. You have an extensive and significant track record of being dependable.

    12. You have excellent computer skills.

    13. You demonstrate exceptional leadership ability.

    14. You demonstrate the ability to get along with others.

    15. You have a clean background to offer in the way of credit history, employment history, arrest record, and character references.

    16. You have bilingual ability in any two languages, at least one being English.

    17. You are physically fit and are able to demonstrate you lead a relatively healthy lifestyle.

    18. You are capable of being a low maintenance employee for your supervisors. Someone that needs little direction or correction.

    19. You demonstrate solid decision-making ability.

    20. You understand the word integrity, and are able to demonstrate you have it.

    21. You are able to demonstrate that you are a hard-worker, and someone that does not mind getting dirty and doing what needs to be done, when it needs to be done.

    22. You have sincere and incredible passion for the fire service and for helping and serving others in time of need.

    23. You have military background to offer and understand the chain of command and working in a paramilitary environment.

    24. You are a self-starter and do not rely on others to tell you what needs to be done and when it needs to be done.

    25. You demonstrate that you are unique in a positive way. Most firefighter candidates all look the same in regards to preparation, education, looks, etc. Be the one that stands out in a positive and unique way throughout the hiring process and you will rise to the top.

Remember, there is no "one-size-fits-all" formula to use to get hired as a firefighter. What works for one person may not work for another. What works in one fire department may not work in another. It is up to you to find out what works best for you and to stick with that course of action, ensuring that you are doing as many of the abovementioned items as possible to increase your chances for successfully becoming a firefighter. You can have the best resume in the world with the most qualifications, but if you cannot sell yourself, your knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as your qualities and traits to the oral board, you will never get hired!


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2. 2013 City of Akron Firefighter Exam Announcement

The City of Akron has announced plans to hire 40 firefighters from their upcoming examination which will be held in late January/early February 2013.  Application period is from November 9, 2012, through December 21, 2012.  Click on the following link for all the details of this examination announcement:

Don McNea Fire School will again be conducting an exam prep seminar.  The results from our last Akron preparatory seminar showed that 37 of the first 50 on the eligibility list were Don McNea Fire School students!  Don McNea Fire School is in the process of putting together details for our Akron seminar.  Keep checking our website at for seminar details which will be forthcoming in the very near future!


3. 2013 Miami-Dade Firefighter Exam Prep

For those of you that will be taking the upcoming Miami-Dade Firefighter Exam, go to the link below for our in-depth exam prep:


4. City of Richmond, VA, Firefighter Exam

Sign-up is from September 15th to December 15th.  Go to the link below for details:

Go to the link below for custom designed exam prep for the Richmond, Virginia, Fire Exam


5. City of Oakland CA Firefighter Exam

For those of you preparing for the Oakland Firefighter Examination, below you will find a link to our custom-designed practice examination for this upcoming exam. 


6. Additional Firefighter Job Openings Across the Country, in conjunction with, brings the following job announcements for your review.  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:

Mobile, AL

Hoover, AL

Employment Testing Cooperative of SW Florida

State of Wyoming

King George, VA

Lake Havasu City, AZ

North Maine Fire Protection District, IL

Alamo Heights, TX

Lake City, FL

Seguin, TX


Mobile Fire Department
701 Street Francis St
Mobile, AL 36602

Mobile County

334-208-5813 - fax

Last Filing Date: December 18, 2012

Special Instructions:  open until filled


P.O. Box 66794
1809 Government Street
Mobile, AL 36660-1794
251 470-7727

Hoover Fire Department
Bldg. 250 Municipal Drive
Hoover, AL 35216

Jefferson County

205-444-7607 - fax

Last Filing Date: December 7, 2012

City of Hoover, Human Resources Department
100 Municipal Drive
Hoover, AL 35216


Mobile County
Personnel Department
1809 Government Street
Mobile, AL 36660-1794
251 470-7727 bID=542338&hit_count=yes&headerFooter=1&promo=0&transfer=0&W DDXJobSearchParams=%3CwddxPacket%20version%3D%271.0%27% 3E%3Cheader%2F%3E%3Cdata%3E%3Cstruct%3E%3C

Employment Testing Cooperative Southwest Florida
Iona-McGregor Fire District
6061 South Pointe Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33919


Application deadline: January 12, 2013 - 5:00 PM

Iona McGregor Fire District, ATTN: ETC - Cynthia Zinger
Iona-McGregor Fire District
6061 South Pointe Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33919

State of Wyoming
2001 Capitol Avenue
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0060


307-777-6562 - fax

Firefighter I

Last Filing Date: December 20, 2012


State of Wyoming, Human Resources Department
Emerson Building
2001 Capitol Avenue
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0060
fax 307-777-6562

King George County Fire Department #1
8122 Kings Highway, PO Box 466
King George, VA 22485

King George County

540-775-4584 - fax


Last Filing Date: December 31, 2012


King George County Administration Building
10459 Courthouse Drive, Suite 200
King George, VA 22485
540-775-9181 hp

Lake Havasu City Fire Department
145 N Lake Havasu Avenue
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403

Mohave County

520-855-1165 - fax

Lateral Firefighter/Paramedic

Last Filing Date: December 14, 2012

Lake Havasu City
2330 McCulloch Blvd North
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
928-453-4143 080&hit_count=yes&headerFooter=1&promo=0&transfer=0&WDDXJob SearchParams=%3CwddxPacket%20version%3D%271.0%27%3E%3Ch eader%2F%3E%3Cdata%3E%3Cstruct%3E%3Cvar%20n

North Maine Fire Protection District
9301 North Potter Road
Des Plaines, IL 600196

Cook County

847-297-2853 - fax

Firefighter/ Paramedic

Last Filing Date: December 21, 2012

North Maine Fire Station
9301 Potter Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016


Alamo Heights Fire Department
6116 Broadway Street
San Antonio, TX 78209

Bexar County

210-828-3006 - fax


Last Filing Date: December 7, 2012


City of Alamo Heights Fire Department
6116 Broadway
Alamo Heights, TX 78209


Lake City Fire Department
151 North 1st Street
Lake City, FL 32055

Columbia County



Last Filing Date: December 12, 2012

Lake City Human Resources
City Hall, 1st Floor
205 North Marion Avenue
Lake City, FL 32055
(386) 758-5490


Seguin Fire Department
110 Elm Street
Seguin, TX 78155

Guadalupe County

830-401-2322 - fax


Last Filing Date: December 2, 2012

Seguin Human Resources Department
205 North River
Seguin, TX 78155


7. Department Spotlight ~ Austin, TX

The City of Austin, TX, will be giving an exam in the Spring of 2013.  For those of you who would like to be informed of when this test will be given as well as application information, go to the link below and fill out the interest card.

Don McNea Fire School will once again for the 8th consecutive exam conduct an exam prep seminar for the 2013 Austin Firefighter Examination.


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