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1. Fire Prep Topics of Interest – Psychological Testing

In today's fire entry-level testing field, many departments are moving toward the direction of including psychological testing, not only during the last steps of the hiring process but during the initial testing phase. Some of these examinations are used to decrease the number of applicants taking the examination because of the cost involved in testing large numbers. When giving psychological tests as part of the written test, it will significantly reduce the number of applicants usually be a minimum of 50%. The number one cause of failure on these type of examinations is not knowing what information these psychological tests are trying to retrieve from the fire applicant. The questions used on psychological examinations are determined by identifying major personality traits and characteristics of a successful firefighter. Knowing what personality traits and characteristics are being sought will improve your chance of scoring well on these exams. One fire applicant rece

One of the questions I am never sure how to answer on a psychological exam is whether a question should be answered "uncertain" or "not sure." There are questions that I have encountered during testing that I feel should be answered that way. My scores are not reflective of the individual I am and I was wondering if you have any insight into whether these questions could be making a difference in my score.

Answer: This is one of the most frequently asked questions from fire candidates taking psychological examinations. When you encounter a question that you aren't sure how to answer, we strongly urge you not to answer "uncertain" or "not sure." Doing this gives the impression that you are a fence-rider and not sure of decisions you make. In a psychological profile of a firefighter (on which many of these questions are based), they are looking for an individual who is very confident of the decisions they make.

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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.

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San Angelo Fire Department
306 West 1st Street
San Angelo, TX 76903

Tom Green County


Hiring Information:

Position: Firefighter

Last Filing Date: January 26, 2009

Special Instructions: Position open until filled

Requirements: The City of San Angelo accepts applications for Firefighter daily. The next examination is scheduled on Saturday, January 31, 2009. The deadline for application to test is Monday, January 26, 2009. Brochures and applications can be downloaded from the link to the right,, or applications may be picked up at the Human Resource Department located at 72 W College, Room 104.

Contact: City of San Angelo, Personnel Department
72 West College, Room 305
PO Box 1751
San Angelo, TX 76902
325-657-4530{57087F72-46BE-458 B-9139-8C06F69B251B}

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Vista Fire Department
175 N Melrose Drive
Vista, CA 92083

San Diego County

760-726-0852 - fax


Last Filing Date: Continuous

Special Instructions: APPLY IMMEDIATELY

Requirements: CERTIFICATION & LICENSES: Must possess current California or National Registry Paramedic license and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification at time of application and have worked as a full-time Paramedic for a minimum of one year. Must obtain San Diego County accreditation prior to the end of the fire recruit academy. Paramedic license and ACLS certification is required to be maintained as a condition of continued City employment. In addition, candidates must possess a completed California State Fire Marshal Firefighter I certificate, or equivalent. A valid California Class "C" Driver's License
must be obtained prior to employment. A California Class "B" (or California restriction 80 fire apparatus only) Driver's License must be obtained by the end of 18 months and maintained as a condition of continued City employment.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: A City application form and supplemental questionnaire may be obtained from the City of Vista, Human Resources Office, 600 Eucalyptus Avenue, Vista, CA 92084 OR on our website at by clicking on the Jobs link. Telephone: (760)726-1340 Fax: (760) 639-6146.

EMPLOYEE COMPENSATION/BENEFITS: Salary: Up to $6,166/month after July 2008. Current rate is $5872 at top of range.

Vacation: 144 hrs/1-5 years; 192 hrs/6-10 yrs; 216 hrs/11-15 yrs;240 hrs/16+ years

Insurance: Group major medical, life, dental, and vision are provided with the City currently paying nearly all of the cost.

The City currently pays 3% of the 9% employee contribution to the California Public Employees' Retirement System 3% @ 50 including an Employee Paid Member Contribution. Effective July 2008, the City will pay 1% of the 9% employee contribution.

Sick Leave: 134.4 hours per year
Holidays: 11 days at 12 hours per holiday to cover recognized and floating holidays.

Other: A deferred compensation plan and flexible spending accounts are available.

Starting Salary: $3973 per month

Top Salary: $5872 per month

Contact: City of Vista, Human Resources Office
600 Eucalyptus Avenue
Vista, CA 92084


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Squaw Valley Fire Department
PO Box 2522
Olympic Valley, CA 96146

Placer County

916-583-6228 - fax

Hiring Information:

Position: Firefighter/Paramedic

Last Filing Date: January 26, 2009

Special Instructions: Position open until filled

Squaw Valley Fire Department is seeking highly motivated, qualified and enthusiastic individuals for this position. Squaw Valley Fire Department has an outstanding training and continuing education program and has a history of promotion from within. Squaw Valley is a fabulous environment in which to work and play and the working conditions provided by our Department are every bit as appealing as our natural surroundings. Squaw Valley Fire Department has a strong track record of workplace diversity and encourages applications from qualified women and minority Firefighter-Paramedics.

Knowledge and Abilities: Knowledge of firefighting methods and techniques; basic operation and mechanics of firefighting equipment; use of E.M.S., rescue and emergency equipment. Ability to use and apply firefighting techniques in specific situations; think and act effectively in emergencies; follow oral and written directions; maintain physical strength and agility; perform advanced life support as an EMT-P and work with volunteer personnel.

Physical Capabilities: Candidates shall be capable of performing physical requirements as identified in a physical job description prepared by Tahoe Forest Hospital. This document is available upon request. Prospective employees will be required to take a pre-placement physical examination and drug test at District expense.

Licenses and Certificates: Candidates must possess a valid Driver's License and must provide a DMV printout of their driving record. Incumbents will be provided with driver training and an in-house DMV testing program and will be required to possess a 'Firefighter B' license within one year of hire. Incumbents shall maintain a good driving and safety record. Possession of California EMT - Paramedic license or National Registry EMT-P with requirement to maintain. Candidates not currently accredited to practice within the Sierra-Sacramento Valley EMS Authority region must receive accreditation within 60 days of hire. Current CPR certification with requirement to maintain. California Firefighter I certification or equivalent from another jurisdiction.

Background Check: Candidates will be required to give Squaw Valley Public Service District permission to conduct a background check, including employment history, criminal and civil filings and credit report. Adverse findings may be cause for withdrawal of an offer of employment or termination.

Starting Salary: $ 4,756.00

Top Salary: $ 5,782.00

Contact: Squaw Valley Public Service District
PO Box 2026
Olympic Valley, CA 96146-2026

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Barona Fire Department
1112 Wildcat Canyon Road
Lakeside, CA 92040

San Diego County


Hiring Information:

Position: Firefighter/ Paramedic

Last Filing Date: January 31, 2009

Special Instructions: Position open until filled

Minimum Qualifications:
-California State EMT-P and San Diego County Accreditation within 60 days of hire.
-ACLS Certification
-Current CDL Class C, Ambulance endorsement within 30 days of hire.
-Graduation from High School or equivalent
-Firefighter I highly desired but not required ( must pass FF-I within 12 months of hire.)

Starting Salary: $49,722.00

Top Salary: $61,489.82

Contact: Barona Fire Protection District
1112 Wildcat Canyon Road
Lakeside, CA 92040

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Daytona Beach Fire Dept
301 South Beach Street
Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Volusia County

386-671-4005 - fax

Hiring Information:

Position: Firefighter/Paramedic

Last Filing Date: January 12, 2009

Special Instructions: Position open until filled

Requirements: High school diploma or GED; supplemented by vocational/technical training in water treatment; supplemented by one (1) to two (2) years previous experience and/or training involving water treatment and/or construction experience; ability to access, retrieve and compile information using a computer and/or SCADA system.

Requires a State of Florida Class "C" Water Plant Operator License. Requires possession of and the ability to maintain a valid State of Florida driver's license.

Starting Salary: $578.33 - 991.27

Contact: Daytona Beach City Hall
301 South Ridgewood Avenue
Daytona Beach, FL 32114

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Naples Police and Fire Department
355 Riverside Avenue
Naples, FL 34102

Collier County


Hiring Information:

Position: Firefighter I

Last Filing Date: January 30, 2009

Special Instructions:

Requirements: Posted 12/08/2008

Testing, exercises, and selection board interviews to be held during the week of February 2, 2009

Minimum Qualifications
• Candidates must have 3 years employment with the Naples Police and Emergency Services Department as a firefighter.
• Fire Officer I certification required.
• An Associates Degree in Fire Science, Emergency Medical Services, or a closely related field is strongly preferred.
• Paramedic or EMT certification required.
• A valid Florida driver license.
• Possession and maintenance of a driving record that meets or exceeds minimum City of Naples driving standards is required.
• A comparable amount of education, experience and training may be substituted for some of the above requirements.
• Candidates who do not meet the minimum qualifications, but have been actively seeking these requirements, must send a letter to the Deputy Chief of Fire requesting an exemption from the minimum qualifications. This letter shall include a list of work completed towards meeting the qualifications, and a projected completion date. Preference shall be given to eligible current city employees and eligible applicants claiming veterans' preference provided that those applicants meet the position's minimum requirements as outlined in the official position description.

Friday January 30, 2009 @ 5:00pm

The following items must be submitted to the City Human Resources Department.
1. Completed City of Naples Job Interest Statement
2. Copies of your driver license.
3. One page resume of work experience, education, and personal data.
4. One or two page written self evaluation which should include but is not limited to:
a) Identification of the traits that you feel are necessary to be a leader.
b) Identification of your personal strengths and weaknesses.
c) Discussion of what you have done to prepare yourself for the position of fire lieutenant.

Failure to submit the above materials disqualifies the candidate from further consideration.

Contact: City of Naples, City Hall, Human Resources Department
355 Riverside Circle
Naples, FL 34102
fax 239-213-1845.


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Lansing Fire Department
120 East Shiawassee Street
Lansing, MI 48933

Ingham County

517-483-4488 - fax

Hiring Information:

Position: Firefighter I

Last Filing Date: January 30, 2009

Special Instructions:

Requirements: Applicants must possess a ฅ?High School Diploma or GED. Possession of Michigan Firefighter Training Council Firefighter II Certification. Possession of either an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certification OR an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (Paramedic) License. Thirty (30) college credit hours in Fire Science or any field preferred. Applicants must complete a City of Lansing application by May 30, 2008. Provide proof of education and all certifications. Applicants must click on our website for Job Application to retrieve the employment application and additional forms (to be completed by the applicant and appropriate personnel) for Firefighter I. BE SURE TO TURN IN THE EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION BY THE DUE DATE OF JANUARY 30, 2009 INCLUDING THE ADDITIONAL WAIVER AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY FORMS..

Starting Salary: $ 40,236.00

Contact: City of Lansing, Personnel Department
124 West Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor
Lansing, MI 48933

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Glendale Fire Department
6835 North 57th Drive
Glendale, AZ 85301

Maricopa County

623-931-2103 - fax

Hiring Information:

Position: Firefighter - Lateral

Last Filing Date: January 2, 2009

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Must be 18 years of age and a high school graduate or equivalent. Must have completed Recruit Firefighter training academy class in the year 2000 or later. Recruit training must have been completed through the Phoenix Fire Department Training Academy or Glendale Regional Training Academy. Place the date of your Academy graduation AND the academy name on the application under certifications to meet this requirement. Only those graduating from the listed academies will qualify.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be Arizona EMT or paramedic certified, residing in Arizona, and possess a valid Arizona driver's license at time of employment.

SELECTION PROCESS: Applications will be screened for the minimum qualifications and special requirements. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications and special requirements will be placed on an eligibility list. Eligibility lists are active for up to six months. Human Resource reserves the right to terminate or extend the life of an eligibility list at any time. The hiring department will contact those candidates they wish to test and/or interview. DURING THE SELECTION PROCESS, ANY APPLICANT REQUIRING ACCOMMODATION FOR A DISABILITY SHOULD ADVISE THE HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT.

All candidates are subject to an extensive background check, including but not limited to, Department of Public Safety and FBI background investigations. Applicants must be truthful and accurate and avoid providing inconsistent information, incorrect dates, partial or incomplete information when completing the application and any supplemental forms. Falsifying or omitting information during any stage of the selection process, may make you ineligible for consideration or continued City employment.

PREFERENCE POINTS: If you are eligible for Employment Preference Points under Arizona Revised Statute 38-492, please complete an Employment Preference Point Form, available in Human Resources, and submit with your application.


Starting Salary: $ 40,126.00

Top Salary: $ 59,284.00

Contact: City of Glendale, Human Resources Department
5850 West Glendale Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85301-2599


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Apache Junction Fire District
3955 E Superstition Blvd
Apache Junction, AZ 85219

Pinal County


Hiring Information:

Position: Firefighter/EMT - Firefighter/Paramedic

Last Filing Date: February 20, 2009

Special Instructions: Position open until filled

Requirements: Additional Requirements and Qualifications
* Must be a minimum of 21 years of age at time of hire date.
* Must be a high school graduate or GED equivalency.
* Must be Nationally Registry Certified as an Emergency Medical Technician, or Intermediate Emergency Medical Technician, or Certified Emergency Paramedic.
* Must possess an Arizona Firefighter II Certification or state Firefighter II equivalency.
* Reciprocity to Arizona FF-II certification must me completed within one (1) year from the date of hire.
* Must possess a valid Motor Vehicle Drivers License. Must apply for an Arizona MVDL upon hire.
* Must provide a Motor Vehicle Record and pass MVR Insurance Inquiry.
* Must pass background investigation.
* Must pass pre-employment drug and alcohol screening.
* Must pass post job offer comprehensive health examination.
* Must be a U.S. Citizen or provide proof of employment eligibility to work in the United States.
* Must sign NO Smoking Agreement and must remain non-user on and off duty.

Must include copies of certs with application

Starting Salary: $41193.54

Top Salary: $55203.28

Contact: Apache Junction Fire District
Attn: Human Resources
565 N. Idaho Rd.
Apache Junction, AZ 85219
fax 480-982-3251

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Indianapolis Fire Department
555 North New Jersey Street
Indianapolis, IN 46203

Marion County

317-327-6090 - fax

Hiring Information:

Position: Paramedic

Last Filing Date: January 26, 2009

Special Instructions: Position open until filled

Position Summary: Position responsible for responding in Department emergency vehicle to the scene of reported medical emergencies. Performs emergency and non-emergency care and transportation. Will provide efficient and immediate life support care to the extent of and within the limits of training, certifications and job descriptions

Starting Salary: $ 32,302.40

Contact: Indianapolis Human Resources Department
200 East Washington Street, Suite 1541
City County Building
Indianapolis, IN 46203
fax 317-327-4435 D=631&szOrd

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

York County

803-329-8716 - fax

Hiring Information:

Position: Firefighter I

Last Filing Date: February 20, 2009

Special Instructions: This position is open until filled


A high school diploma is required. Previous training or experience in firefighting is helpful. The equivalent combination of education and related work experience may be considered.

A valid S.C. driver's license is required.


* Trains for and participates in varied firefighting and life rescuing duties and activities in the protection of life and property. Conditions under which firefighters work may require strenuous exertion under such handicaps as fire, heat, smoke, and cramped surroundings.

* Ventilates burning buildings by opening windows and skylights or by chopping holes in roofs and floors; removes persons from danger; holds life nets; administers first aid to injured persons; performs salvage operations such as throwing salvage covers, sweeping water, and removing debris.

* Responds to a variety of calls of an emergency nature requiring the performance of light and heavy duty rescue activities such as administering oxygen, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and operating various equipment used in rescue operations; inspects and makes minor repairs to fire hydrants.

* Performs all other duties as may be assigned to meet organizational needs.

Starting Salary: $ 28,974.00

Top Salary: $ 40,560.00

Contact: City of Rock Hill
Personnel Office
155 Johnston Street
Rock Hill, SC 29730

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Vance County Fire Department
188 Bickett Street
Henderson, NC 27536

Vance County

252-438-1460 - fax

Hiring Information:

Position: Firefighter I/EMT

Last Filing Date: January 30, 2009

Special Instructions: Position open until filled

Education/Experience Required: Graduation from high school or GED, at least 18 years old, some experience as an Emergency Medical Technician; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Special Requirement: Certification from the State as an Intermediate Emergency Medical Technician; willingness to obtain the required State level of Firefighter certification as mandated by the County; possession of a valid driver's license.

Minimum Training and Experience Requirements: One year of experience as an Income Maintenance Caseworker or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

The Income Maintenance Caseworker I would qualify based on education and experience requirements of a 2-year degree from an accredited program in a specific curriculum; or high school plus 2 years paraprofessional/ clerical public contact experience (one which must have been in an Income Maintenance Program); or high school plus 3 years paraprofessional/ clerical public contact experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Starting Salary: $ 24,876.00

Top Salary: $ 39,804.00

Contact: Vance County Human Resources
122 Young Street, Ste B
Henderson, NC 27536
fax 252-738-2039


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