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Topic 1:  You Should Take Any Test You Possibly Can

Topic 2:  Math Problems and Formulas that Every Firefighter Applicant Should Know

Topic 3:  What to Do if You Are Having Problems Finishing Exams Because of Reading Comprehension Questions Newsletter #72 entry-level newsletter is about YOU BEING THE BEST - THE BEST PREPARED AND BEST INFORMED! 

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    1. Topic 1:  You Should Take Any Test You Possibly Can

    2. Topic 2:  Math Problems and Formulas that Every Firefighter Applicant Should Know

    3. Topic 3:  What to Do if You Are Having Problems Finishing Exams Because of Reading Comprehension Questions

    4. Firefighter Job Openings Across the Country

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1. Topic:  You Should Take Any Test You Possibly Can

I have heard many candidates tell me that they are waiting for their dream department to open up so they can take their exam.  Many times, that dream department exam doesn't open up for 1-3 years.  Why would you wait that long?  Why would you not be taking as many exams as you possibly can?

What looks better when you make out your application or you go in front of a chief for an interview than the fact that you are already a firefighter in another city?  You already have the training, you've worked fires, you've worked medical runs, car accidents, haz-mat situations.  Think about it – a chief has the potential to hire you and another candidate.  If that candidate is already a firefighter on another department, who is going to have the edge?

I hear many excuses as to why someone doesn't want to start taking exams in other cities – I don't want to move there, this is my hometown, this is where I want to work, my wife doesn't want to move, my family is here.  Every one of those excuses tells me that you really don't want the job of a firefighter. 

In today's economy, you just can't pick and choose where you want to be a firefighter.  You may want to be a firefighter in Austin, Miami or Chicago – those are great departments and it's great to have goals to work there.  But the bottom line is to get yourself on a department first.  You have to take the opportunity that presents itself.  You have to work hard to put yourself in a position to have an opportunity to be hired by any fire department.  If your dream department opens up, you can always put yourself in the position to be able to say yes or no to that department. 

We have many candidates that come from out of state to attend our seminar.  Recently for an Austin seminar we did this year, we had individuals from Alaska, Washington, Ohio, New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, California.  These are individuals who are flying around the country, taking exams where there is an opportunity to be hired.

An additional benefit of taking as many exams as you possibly can is that you will score higher.  There are 7-10 test consultants giving fire exams around the country and they account for about 60-70% of the exams being given.  When you start taking exams and knowing what the test consultant uses on their exams, you will start scoring higher.  If you struggle with the mechanical and you take another test with the same consultant, you'll know to study the mechanical more.  Maybe it's the math or the reading comprehension that gives you trouble.  Maybe your oral interview skills need improvement.  But whatever it is, by taking more exams you will be able to fine tune your study habits, improve on your weaknesses and make them into strengths.  Testing gives you the opportunity to put yourself in that complete applicant-ready package.

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2. Topic 2:  Math Problems and Formulas that Every Firefighter Applicant Should Know


After these sample math problems, there is a step-by-step instructional to show you how the answers are obtained.  In future newsletters, we will be covering additional pertinent math problems to help you on exams.

    1. Multiply:

       .016              X         .016               

 A) .0256

 B) .00256

 C) .000256

    2. 1/2 + 1/4 =

 A) 1/6

 B) 3/4

 C) 1/8


    3. 11 = 77     4       ?  


 A) 11

 B) 4

 C) 28


    4. 2/7 x 3/7 =


       A) 6/49

      B) 5/7

      C) 5/49


    5. What one number can replace both question marks?


 2 = ?  

 ?   50  


 A) 4

 B) 10

 C) 25    


    6. 3.5% of 80 =


 A) .28

 B) .028

 C) 2.8


    7. How would you write 35% as a decimal?


      A) 35.0

      B) 3.5

      C) .35


    8. 6 + (42) + 12 =


      A) 22

      B) 34

      C) 38

      D) none of the above


    9. 72 + the square root of 81 =


      A) 130

      B) 58

      C) 23

      D) none of the above


    10. The Firefighters Muscular Dystrophy Association brought in a total of $680 through a recent chocolate drive.  If their commission was 36% of the total sales, their commission was:


      A) $267.32

      B) $251.48

      C) $244.80

      D) $264.08


    11. Firefighter Greg Sullivan has received a salary increase of 4.2 percent.  Firefighter Sullivan currently earns $28,500.  With the 4.2% increase, he will now earn:


      A) $29,493

      B) $29,697

      C) $29,788

      D) $30,592


    12. Firefighter Williams bought a pocket knife for $8.50.  After using it for a period of 2 months, he sold it for a 20% loss.  At what price did Firefighter Williams sell the knife?


      A) $6.45

      B) $6.80

      C) $7.10

      D) $6.65


    13. If A = 3 and B = 6 and C = 5, what is AB + BC?


      A) 540

      B) 48

      C) 20

      D) 68


    14. Engine 39 from Station 7, located at 2243 Woodland, is responding to a report of multiple dumpsters on fire.  Engine 39's speed en route to the dumpster fires is 35 mph.  En route, Captain Jones determines that the location of the dumpster fires is 18 streets away from the station, which is exactly 7 miles away, on the southeast corner of the city in a highly congested area.  At their current speed, what is the amount of time it would take Engine 39 to arrive on the scene of the dumpster fires?


      A) 11.9 minutes

      B) 7.9 minutes

      C) 15.3 minutes

      D) 10.2 minutes




    1. Multiply:


      .016              .016 

      .016              .016      

.000256               096



                     .000256     (C)


Must add additional 0 because there are 6 decimal points



    2. 1/2 + 1/4 = 3/4     (B)


   LCD = 4


     2       1      3

     4  +  4  =  4



    3. 11 = 77  

               4       ?   (28)   (C)


11     77        11X = 308 (77 X 4)

 4     X               28

                  11  308





OR 77 x 4 = 308

 11 x ? = 308

 11 x 28 = 308


    4. 2/7 x 3/7 = 6/49    (A)


       2       3       6

       7  X  7  =  49  



    5. Try the answers by inserting them in the place of the ? marks


 10 X 10 = 100

 2 X 50 = 100    


    6. .035

            x  80



         2.80  (C)


Make note of how 3.5 is written to set up the problem.  It is written as .035


    7. .35 (C)


    8. 6 + (4 x 4) + 12 =

      6 + 16 + 2 = 34     (B)


    9. (7 x 7) + 81 =

      49 + 9 = 58       (B)


    10. 680 x .36 = $244.80 (C)


    11. Multiply $28,500 x .042 = $1,197        Make note of how 4.2% is set up - .042

 $1,197 + $28,500 = $29,697  (B)


    12. $8.50 x .20 = $1.70

    $8.50 - $1.70 = $6.80  (B)


    13. AB = 3 x 6 = 18

    BC = 6 x 5 = 30

    30 + 18 = 48  (B)


    14. 60 (always divide by 60)  35 = 1.7

    1.7 x 7 miles = 11.9   (A)


3. Topic 3:  What to Do if You Are Having Problems Finishing Exams Because of Reading Comprehension Questions


Many applicants have come to us and asked us how they can improve their reading comprehension skills.  It's all about reading, practicing, taking exams.  For some individuals, it is like sports and athletics – they are naturals.  Some individuals have to work harder to get to that level.  It's the same with reading comprehension.  Some individuals can read something once, remember it, and have no problem.  Others need to read it 2-3 times to be able to comprehend the information. 


You need to read, read, read.  Take practice exams with reading comprehension.  Get any kind of book that has reading comprehension examinations – start practicing now.  You can also read articles out of a magazine or newspaper and then have someone ask you questions on the material you read.


An important note:  As we have suggested in many of our seminars for reading comp, if the question is just one or two sentences, before you start reading the actual passage go down and speed read the question.  Not the answers – repeat, not the answers.  Just speed read the question.  For example, there might be a question that would ask…How many feet is the hot zone at a hazardous materials incident?  As you are reading the passage, you might come to that and it tells you that answer.  You can put a star next to that sentence or underline it so you can easily come back to when you are answering that question.


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3. 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:

San Bernardino, CA

Petaluma, CA

Jacksonville, FL

Tampa, FL

Pittsburg, KS

Battlefield, MO

Nevada, MO

Carson City, NV

Midland, TX

Amarillo, TX

Williamsburg, VA

Upland, CA

Pompano Beach, FL

Sugar Grove, IL

Charleston County, SC

San Antonio, TX


San Bernardino City Fire Department
200 E 3rd
San Bernardino, CA 92410

San Bernardino County



Position: Paramedic/Firefighter Trainee

Last Filing Date:  July 1, 2013


City of San Bernardino, Human Resources
300 North D Street
San Bernardino, CA 92418
909-384-5376 b&jobID=281927&h



Petaluma Fire Department
198 "D" Street
Petaluma, CA 94952

Sonoma County

707-762-4547 - fax


Position: Firefighter/Paramedic

Last Filing Date:  August 5, 2013


Human Resources
Attn: Jeff Schach, EMS Battalion Chief
11 English Street
Petaluma, CA 94952



Jacksonville Fire Rescue Dept
107 N Market Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Duval County

904-630-2651 - fax


Position: Firefighter

Last Filing Date:  June 28, 2013


City of Jacksonville, Human Resources Department
117 West Duval Street, Suite 100
Jacksonville, FL 32202
904-247-6263 ent-openings



Tampa Fire Department
808 E Zack Street
Tampa, FL 33602

Hillsborough County

813-227-7026 - fax


Position: Firefighter

Last Filing Date:  July 5, 2013

City of Tampa, Employment Services Office
City Hall
315 E. Kennedy Blvd., 2nd Floor,
Tampa, FL 33602
813/274-8911 =3086



Pittsburg Fire Department
611 North Pine Street
Pittsburg, KS 66762

Crawford County

620-235-0508 - fax


Position: Tri State Firefighter Test

Last Filing Date:  July 12, 2013


Pittsburg City Hall
201 West 4th Street
Pittsburg, KS 66762



Battlefield Fire Protection District
4117 West 2nd Street
Battlefield, MO 65619

Greene County

417-887-9914 - fax


Position: Firefighter Testing

Last Filing Date:  July 12, 2013


City of Joplin Human Resources
602 South Main Street
Joplin, MO 64801



Nevada Fire Department
110 South Ash
Nevada, MO 64772


Position: Firefighter Testing

Last Filing Date:  July 12, 2013


City of Joplin Human Resources
602 South Main Street
Joplin, MO 64801



Carson City Fire Department
777 South Stewart Street
Carson City, NV 89701

Carson City County

775-887-2067 - fax


Position: Firefighter / Paramedic

Last Filing Date:  July 1, 2013


Carson City, Human Resources
Department of Human Resources
201 North Carson Street, Suite 4
Carson City, NV 89701-4289



Midland Fire Department
1500 W. Wall
PO Box 1152
Midland, TX 79702

Midland County

432-686-1638 - fax


Position: Firefighter Recruit/Paramedic

Last Filing Date:  July 7, 2013


City of Midland
PO Box 1152
300 North Loraine
Midland, TX 79701



Amarillo Fire Department
400 S. Van Buren St
Amarillo, TX 79101

Potter County

806-378-9476 - fax


Position: Firefighter


Amarillo Human Resources
509 SE 7th Avenue, Room 207
PO Box 1971
Amarillo, TX 79105
214-676-1691 tingId=147659



Williamsburg Fire Department
412 North Boundary Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185

York County

727-220-6229 - fax


Position: Firefighter/Medic

Last Filing Date:  June 17, 2013



Contact: City Managers Office
401 Lafayette Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185



Upland Fire Department
PO Box 460
Upland, CA 91785

San Bernardino County

909-931-4196 - fax


Position: Firefighter (Paramedic Assignment)

Last Filing Date:  June 20, 2013



Contact: City of Upland, Human Resources
460 North Euclid Avenue
Upland, CA 91786
909-931-4100 =662605&hit_count=yes&headerFooter=1&promo=0&transfer=0&WDD XJobSearchParams=%3CwddxPacket%20version%3D%271.0%27%3E %3Cheader%2F%3E%3Cdata%3E%3Cstruct%3E%3Cvar%



Pompano Beach Fire Rescue
PO Box 1300
Pompano Beach, FL 33061

Broward County

305-786-4347 - fax


Position: Firefighter/Paramedic

Last Filing Date:  June 30, 2013


City of Pompano Beach Human Resource Department
100 W. Atlantic Blvd.
Pompano Beach, FL 33060
(954) 786-4626 n_resources/human_resources.html.php



Sugar Grove Fire Protection District
25 Municipal Drive
Sugar Grove, IL 60554


Position: Firefighter/Paramedic

Last Filing Date:  June 21, 2013


Sugar Grove Fire Protection District
25 Municipal Drive
Sugar Grove, IL 60554



Charleston County Human Resources
4045 Bridge View Drive
North Charleston, SC 29405

Charleston County



Position: Paramedic

Last Filing Date:  June 28, 2013


City of Charleston, Personnel Department
32 Ann Street
Charleston, SC 29401
843-958-4700   July 15, 2013



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