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1. Topic 1:  Shut the Cell Phone Off

In today's age, many individuals are constantly on their cell phone texting and looking at social media.  If you are visiting a station to find out what a department is like, you are doing a ride-along, or you have an appointment with an officer to ask about the department, or even if you are currently in an EMT, Paramedic or any type of training class – keep the cell phone off.  Not on vibrate – keep the cell phone off.

Don't be the kind of person who puts their cell phone on vibrate and then somehow it accidentally goes to ring and you are in the middle of a conversation with an officer or firefighter at the station.  You reach in your pocket to turn it off, apologize for it but the damage has already been done.  It makes you look like irresponsible because you didn't take the time to shut your cell phone off and make sure all your attention is directed towards what you are doing at that moment.

Remember that you are there to stay focused and to learn about the department.  Don't let your attention be pulled toward your cell phone.

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2. Topic 2:  Master the Fire Service Hiring Game

Whether you believe it or not, becoming a firefighter is in essence, "playing a game." I don't mean playing a game in a negative way, I just mean the whole hiring process can be considered a game. Don't take what I'm saying and think you don't have to take it seriously — that is far from the truth. You need to take the hiring process very seriously and realize it is survival of the fittest, so to speak. The best of the best will get hired, and the cream will rise to the top. Each phase of the hiring process is a test that you must succeed at in order to continue to the next phase.

To successfully become a firefighter, it is paramount that you learn to master the game. If you can master the game, you are going to get hired. This is where most candidates fail — they do not learn how to master the game. They do not take the game seriously and they do not do everything in their power to be the best they can be at the firefighter hiring process.

Let's take a look at some ways candidates can master the fire service hiring game:

Know as much as you can about the department you are applying for.

Research is paramount when you are applying for a job, and can be done via the Internet — a city website, fire department website, International Association of Fire Fighters Union Local website for that department, via search engines, etc. — and in person by doing station visits. How can you expect to do well and get the job if you have not taken the time to research what you are hoping to get into?

Know as much as you can about all of the phases of the firefighter hiring process.

It amazes me how many candidates don't know what each phase consists of or expects of them. It is usually specifically stated on the job flyer what the different phases entail. If it is not, you can typically find that information by visiting a fire station, visiting the fire department headquarters, or contacting the personnel or human resources department. How can you expect to be successful at the process if you do not know what the different phases consist of?

Be able to successfully pass all of the phases of the firefighter hiring process.

Besides knowing as much as you can about the phases, you also have to be able to successfully pass all of the phases. I know many candidates that cannot even pass the written test. In most departments, the written test is usually one of the first phases of the hiring process. If you can't pass that, how are you going to get all the way to the final list?

Take every test you qualify for.

This helps you learn your strengths and weaknesses, so that you can hopefully capitalize on the strengths and improve on the weaknesses. Trust me, we all have strengths and weaknesses — the key is learning what they are so we can make the most of them. Taking every test you qualify for also increases your chances of getting hired — the negative part about doing this is if you are finding yourself at a certain plateau and you are going nowhere. For example, you have taken ten different firefighter tests and you have yet to pass one of them. Why did you wait until the tenth test before you realized it was a problem? Shame on you! You should have immediately realized it was a problem and started working on those perceived weaknesses that you encountered during that phase of the hiring process.

Don't wait until the last minute to prepare yourself!

Remember that you should always have the attitude that your dream fire department will be opening up their recruitment process tomorrow and that you will only have one day to apply. Too many people feel they don't have the time to prepare for an upcoming test, or they do not feel it is necessary to plan ahead. I remember having a firefighter ask me what books he should purchase for the upcoming captain's test — when I say upcoming, I mean that it was occurring in one month! After picking up my jaw from the ground, I tactfully told him which books he should purchase for the next test that will be occurring in about 18 months. With a puzzled look, he asked me "what do you mean?" I told him that there is no conceivable way he could read and comprehend a few thousand pages of material in one month. He could definitely read and comprehend the material in 18 months, and now would be the best time to start preparing for the next test. Needless to say, he did take the captain's test, but he did not do well enough to get promoted. The bad part is that he got very close to getting promoted — so close he could probably taste it. I venture this made him kick himself for not taking more time in advance to prepare. So close, yet so far away.

Treat everyone you encounter in the hiring process with utmost respect and courtesy.

Besides this being the way you should be treating everyone anyway and being the right thing to do, you never know when and where you will meet up with these folks again. Trust me, it is a small, small world out there. I used to love a sign I saw some years ago "be careful of the toes you step on today — they may be connected to the butt you have to kiss tomorrow." So true, so true.

You've probably heard the saying that "life is just a game." Yes, it is. Now take it a step further and realize that becoming a firefighter is also just a game. The key to your success is that you are able to master that game. Mastering the game will get you where you want in life, guaranteed. Follow the above mentioned steps and you will provide more focus to your pursuit of becoming a firefighter. Start taking control of your destiny, and do what it takes to be successful — only you can make the difference!

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3. Topic 3:  Top-Scoring Physical Agility Strategies



Physical agility testing events in most departments are very strenuous in nature.  You must begin your workouts immediately in order to put yourself in top condition to perform well.  This training should be year-round.  In preparing firefighter applicants for physical agility examinations for over 50 years, one of the most important aspects is overall good strength, with emphasis on good leg strength and most importantly your wind endurance (lung strength and capacity).  Time and time again we see individuals who are 6'4", 250 pounds, can squat 350 pounds 10 times, run 2 miles and think that they are in good physical shape.  However, if they have not built up their wind endurance (lung capacity) they may have the strength equivalent of someone who is 100 pounds.  Nothing drains your strength more than a lack of wind.  Most physical agility test events are of short duration but very demanding.  Most of these events are completed in a 5-10 minute timeframe.  During that time, it is an all-out effort.  We believe that the emphasis of your preparation training should be on developing your wind.  Wind sprints are an excellent way of increasing your endurance.  Start off by sprinting 30 yards, 3 or 4 times.  Then proceed to 40 yards, 50 yards.  After a period of training and feeling that your lungs are developing, we suggest that you undertake the following physical agility training.


Mark off 20 yards, 30 yards, 40 yards, and 50 yards. Use a nearby recreation field in your area or even a parking lot.  Start your sprints by sprinting 20 yards and then sprint back to the start.  Then immediately sprint 30 yards and back to start.  Then sprint 40 yards and back to start.  Sprint 50 yards and back to start.  As you continue training, you will see that your wind endurance is building.  You may be able to complete 5-6 of these wind sprints in a single training session and not feel winded. 


Applicants also need to concentrate on overall strength training – your chest, triceps, biceps, back, legs, sit-ups.  We have included descriptions of some physical agility exercises and programs for your review.


Some additional training tips:


  • Many times you are required to wear a vest that is from 30-75 pounds, simulating firefighter equipment and air tank.  If possible, get a backpack, fill it with sand or weights, and use it while training.  For example, wear it while running stairs. 
  • Run stairs.  If you have a school football field accessible to you, we strongly suggest that you run the stands' stairs.  You may also be able to use an office or apartment building stairs.  You may also want to run the stairs carrying 20-30 pound dumbbells in each hand or your weighted backpack.  It is also good practice to skip every other stair – it will build leg strength and endurance, and on some exams you can skip stairs, which will decrease your overall time and better your score.
  • If you train in a gym, you may have access to a Stairmaster machine (revolving stairs – not stepper type).   We suggest that you build your endurance by not holding onto the rails and increasing the level of difficulty each time you work out.  If you have a training backpack, wear it while on the machine.
  • If you train by running distance, the best training for firefighter examinations is to aim for your fastest 2-mile time.  If you want to alternate a 3-4 mile run in between, that is fine.  Your emphasis while training, however, should not be on a steady pace but on a faster pace in order to build your endurance.  Physical agility examinations are short in time, but require endurance.
  • Remember - always warm up before exercising and cool down after exercising.
  • Do not begin these workouts until you get yourself in good physical condition by jogging 15 to 25 minutes, 3 to 4 times a week for at least 3 to 4 weeks.  This will strengthen your heart and lungs so it won't be too much of a demand on your body.

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7. 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:

Palo Alto, CA

San Rafael, CA

Cape Coral, FL

Olmstead Township, OH

Tulsa, OK

Myrtle Beach, SC

Corsicana, TX

Roanoke, VA

Salem, VA

Rock Hill, SC

Uniontown, PA

Eugene, OR

Phoenix, AZ

Philadelphia, PA


Palo Alto Fire Department
250 Hamilton Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Santa Clara County

650-327-6951 - fax


Position: Firefighter EMT/Firefighter Paramedic



San Rafael Fire Department
1039 'C' Street
San Rafael, CA 94901

Marin County

415-453-1627 - fax


Position: Firefighter-Paramedic

Last Filing Date:  August 22, 2013

City of San Rafael, City Hall
1400 Fifth Avenue, Room 210
San Rafael, CA 94901
fax: 415-485-3191



Cape Coral Fire Department
PO Box 150027
Cape Coral, FL 33915

Lee County

941-574-0523 - fax


Position: Firefighter #2553

Last Filing Date:  August 15, 2013


City of Cape Coral, Human Resources
PO Box 150027
Cape Coral, FL 33915-0027
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Olmstead Township Fire Department
26900 Cook Road
Olmstead Township, OH 44138

Cuyahoga County



Position: Firefighter/Paramedic - first 100 apps

Last Filing Date:  August 9, 2013


Olmsted Township Building Department
27093 Bagley Road
Olmsted Township, OH 44138



Tulsa Fire Department
411 South Frankfort Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74120

Tulsa County

918-596-9383 - fax


Position: Firefighter

Last Filing Date:  August 16, 2013


City of Tulsa Employment Office
175 E. 2nd Street
Tulsa, OK 74120
918-596-7427 le.aspx



Myrtle Beach Fire Department
921a Oak Street
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Horry County



Position: Firefighter

Last Filing Date:  August 12, 2013



City of Myrtle Beach, Human Resources Department
921A Oak Street
PO Box 2468
Myrtle Beach, SC 29578
jobline 843-918-1224



Corsicana Fire Department
200 North 12th Street
Corsicana, TX 75110

Navarro County

903-654-4999 - fax


Position: Firefighter

Last Filing Date:  August 12, 2013


City of Corsicana, Human Resources Department
202 North 12th Street
Corsicana, TX 75110
jobline 903-654-4935



Roanoke County Fire Rescue Dept #11
PO Box 4364
Roanoke, VA 24015



Position: Paramedic/Firefighter

Last Filing Date:  September 1, 2013



Roanoke County Human Resources
5204 Bernard Drive
Roanoke, VA 24018



Salem Fire EMS Department
216 South Broad Street
Salem, VA 24153

540 375 3080
540 389 7128 - fax


Position: Firefighter/EMT

Last Filing Date:  August 26, 2013


P. O. Box 869
Salem, VA 24153
540 375-3060
540 375-3080 097/DetailView/True/DetailID/6228/Default.aspx



Rock Hill Fire Department
214 South Elizabeth Lane
Rock Hill, SC 29730

York County

803-329-8716 - fax


City of Rock Hill Human Resources
155 Johnston Street, Room 230
Rock Hill, SC 29731


Uniontown Fire Department
84 North Beeson Blvd
Uniontown, PA 15401

Fayette County

412-437-2933 - fax


Position: Firefighter

Last Filing Date:  August 12, 2013


City of Uniontown, City Clerks Office
20 North Gallatin Avenue
Uniontown, PA 15401 P&rmpixel=



Eugene Fire EMS Department
1705 W. 2nd Ave.
Eugene, OR 97402



Position: Firefighter/Paramedic

Last Filing Date:  September 13, 2013


Eugene Human Resources Department
940 Willamette St Ste 200
Eugene, OR 97401
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Phoenix Fire Department
455 N 5th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Maricopa County

602-262-4429 - fax


Position: Firefighter Recruit - opens August 26

Last Filing Date:  August 30, 2013


City of Phoenix
135 North Second Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85003



Philadelphia Fire Department
240 Spring Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Philadelphia County

215-922-3952 - fax


Position: Firefighter (General)

Last Filing Date:  August 23, 2013


City of Philadelphia Human Resources
1401 J.F. Kennedy Boulevard, Room 1530
Attention: Hamid Bertal
Philadelphia, PA 19102
215-686-0881/ 0883 / 0885


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