2019 Austin Firefighter Exam

The Austin Fire Department is now accepting applications for Fire Cadet through March 27, 2019.  

The City of Austin, Texas, will be accepting applications for their 

2019 Firefighter Examination from February 4 – March 27, 2019.

Written examination scheduled for May 14 and 15, 2019

Click on the link below to apply for this examination: 


For more information about becoming an Austin Firefighter, click on the following link:


2019 Austin Exam Prep Seminar



This will be our tenth consecutive Austin Firefighter Examination in which we have successfully prepared applicants for this exam, including our recent SOLD OUT seminars.  This is not a public relations statement - it's a fact!  

Past results from our Austin seminar class include:

  • 38 of the first 50 on the eligibility list were Don McNea Fire School Austin Seminar Students!

This highly-intensive seminar will include a full-length, custom-designed, multiple choice practice examination with over 300 questions covering the following testing subjects for your 2019 Austin Firefighter Examination:

  • Mathematical Computation
  • Mechanical Reasoning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Memories for Ideas
  • Association Memory
  • Observational Judgment
  • Spatial Orientation
  • Spatial Scanning

We will be focusing part of the seminar on taking in-depth, custom-designed practice examinations for the Memory portion of the Austin examination.  99% of all firefighter applicants have never taken this type of examination!  Our custom-designed memory practice examinations will separate you from your competition and put you in the top percentile to be hired as an Austin firefighter!

Part of your Austin Firefighter Exam will include a Work Experience/Biodata Personality Exam to assess your integrity and work ethic and whether or not you have the personality characteristics of a successful firefighter.  

This is another test component that 99% of applicants have never seen and normally has a failure rate of over 60%.  Don McNea Fire School has key insight into what the assessors are looking for in a successful firefighter candidate.  This seminar includes an in-depth practice examination for this very important part of your test.

Structured Oral Interview Process

In our seminar, we will discuss in depth the Oral Interview, which is worth 80% of your score!  This will include:

  • Oral rater's dimension guidelines and evaluation scale used by assessors to rate applicants
  • Top performing behaviors to maximize your oral board score
  • Sample oral interview questions and top-scoring answers

All seminar attendees will receive the following bonus materials:

  • Our Top-Scoring Test-taking and Physical Agility Strategies to give you that ultimate edge over your competition.
  • Our Texas Examination Watchlist - a compilation of almost 300 fire departments in Texas that includes department addresses and phone number to enable you to keep up to date on current exams.
  • All seminar attendees will receive the At-home Preparation Package when they attend the class.

Austin Seminar Class Date/Location

The seminar will be held on Sunday, April 28th, from 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm, at the Austin Marriott South, 4415 S. IH 35, Austin TX  78744.  (Please call the hotel at 512.441.7900 if you need directions.) 

Class size will be limited – each of our past Austin seminars has SOLD OUT!  

Your Opportunity

The cost of this seminar and listed preparatory materials is only $99.00!  Seminar attendees will receive the At-home Preparation Package when they attend the seminar.

When considering the cost of the class, view it as an investment in your future or the future of your family! Your investment in these classes will actually be returned to you in your first hours as an Austin firefighter!

There are not many employment opportunities that offer the same competitive salary, benefits, chance for advancement and job security as the career of an Austin firefighter does.

At-Home Preparation Package  

If you can't attend the seminar, you may purchase the our At-home Preparation Package that includes 100 in-depth multiple-choice practice examination questions specifically developed for the testing subjects for your Austin Written examination.  This package is available for only $49.00 by either Immediate Digital Download or mailed by US Priority Mail (see availability dates below).

PLEASE NOTE:  The Memory, Work Experience/Biodata, and Oral Interview portions of your examination will ONLY be covered in the seminar.  Seminar attendees will receive the At-home Preparation Package when they attend the seminar.

AVAILABILITY:  This package is available up to the time you take your May 14-15 examination.

This At-home Preparatory package will be available for purchase by Immediate Digital Download beginning April 28th.  

If you choose to have this package mailed by US Priority Mail, they will be mailed beginning April 25th.  


Testimonials from Successful Students

  • "I wanted to reach out and let you know that because of your awesome class and your knowledge and experience, I have made the cut and been accepted into Class 124 of the Austin Fire Department. This is my first attempt in the hiring process and I have no doubt that I was successful because I participated in your training course – it gave me the edge I needed to stand out. Your material was straight on the point and prepared me every step of the way. I’m truly grateful for your expertise. Because of it, I have been granted the opportunity of a lifetime to be part of the best fire department in the nation!"

  • "After I took the test, I was so glad I had taken the class.  You hit the nail on the head on the memory portion and really cleared up some of the personality questions that I definitely would have struggled with on the exam."

  • "Overall, a great seminar.  It helps when the instructor is a Chief Officer who has the right experience and insight into Austin's fire exam.  The Chief was very credible and I will highly recommend this class to my friends in the future."
  • "The class was worth every penny.  I really want to be part of the Austin Fire Department and your school was just what I needed when the test date came around.  Thanks again for all your help and the great study material."

Our best testimonials come from current Austin Firefighters who have been successful by taking our classes over the last 17 years. If you are not sure whether or not to attend our seminar, we ask that you talk to an Austin firefighter who has successfully prepared with us in the past.

Our Final Thoughts…

You have to ask yourself the following question ~ Will I be adequately prepared for the memory and Work Experience/Biodagta Personality Exam portions of the exam to put me in the top percentile to be hired as an Austin firefighter?  Do you know what to expect from your Structured Oral Interview that's worth 80% of your score?  Don McNea Fire School will be focusing the seminar on these most important testing subjects.

What we can tell you is that by attending our seminar and practicing with our over 300 custom-designed practice examination questions and our Structured Oral Exam Prep, you WILL dramatically increase your chance of becoming an Austin firefighter. Our past classes’ successful results for the City of Austin prove that!

We have been conducting preparatory classes since 1950; this is what our business specializes in.

The instructor for the seminar will be Chief Brent Collins, who is also President of Don McNea Fire School.  
Chief Collins has personally taught over 20,000 fire candidates across the country with extremely successful results!
Chief Collins is the only instructor who has ever conducted the Austin Seminar and has the knowledge and experience to put you in the top percentile.   

If you feel at this time that you are adequately prepared for this examination, we wish you the best of luck. If you want that extra edge over your competition that our seminar will provide, this class is for you!  Remember that luck goes to the prepared!

If you cannot attend for any reason, you must cancel 48 hours before classes begin in order to receive a refund. Please note that once the seminar begins, there are NO REFUNDS.  If you have any questions, you may contact us at 440.572.3919.