How Bad do you Want a Firefighter Job?

28 February 2020
Chief Brent Collins, President,

How bad do you want a fire department job? 

Some candidates say that they have always wanted to be a firefighter and this is their dream job.  But what have they done to make that dream happen?

Are you getting yourself in a position to be hired?  Are you becoming an EMT or Paramedic?  Are you becoming a Firefighter I?   All of that would probably take you 1-1/2 to 2 years.  But you are then candidate ready. 

Are you taking any other fire academy training courses, such as hazmat, confined space rescue, rope rescue? Are you volunteering in your community?  Are you updating your resume every 2-3 months with new information or training you’ve done?  

Did you research the departments you are interested in and know everything about them? 

Are you preparing for the written exams?   Do you know your weaknesses on the written, maybe math or reading comprehension?  What are you doing to correct that?  At, we have custom-designed written exam prep for most every test consultant in the country to put you in the top percentile and be in a position to be hired.

Are you preparing for the oral interview?  Many times, the job goes to the candidate who interviews the best.  You might be number one on the list but candidate 4 or 5 on the list interviews better and they get the job.

Are you training for the physical agility exam?  Are you getting in shape?

Are you taking as many exams as you possibly can?

Are you using our FREE Hiring Guide Notebook that can be found at our website,  By using this, you can keep an exam folder that includes information on exams you have taken and departments you wish to test for in the future. 

Did you sign up for our FREE email newsletter of exam notices from around the country?  Are you using a paid service that typically costs approximately $10/month to keep you informed of exams?  You don’t want to miss an exam coming up because you didn’t know about it.

Are you going on department websites to see if they allow you to put your name and contact information on an interest list to be notified of a department’s next exam?

The bottom line is this - Are you going to work harder than any other candidate to get this job?  Are you willing to put the time in?  Are you willing to cut back or cut out some of the extracurriculars in your life to focus your time to becoming an EMT or Paramedic or getting your Firefighter I?  Those sacrifices you make will get you that coveted badge – are you willing to do that?  Sometimes this journey may take longer than you expect, but it will all be worth it when you get on a department.  You’ll have a 30+ year career and job security for you and your family.  How bad do you want that? 

Good luck in your pursuit of the greatest job on the face of the earth!  Remember – luck goes to the prepared!