Capt Craig Freeman

2015 Firefighter Candidate Workshop March 22, 2015

The firefighter candidate workshop is the most recognized entry-level firefighter training event to date. This event will prepare you, the candidate, to become a highly trained and excellent firefighter candidate. Upon completion you will have the necessary tools to compete for a career in the fire service anywhere. Fire Alumni and its events are the fastest growing community that inspire and prepare candidates for the coveted job of firefighter. During this industry leading event you will have the opportunity to … Read the rest

Capt Craig Freeman

Self Help Workshops Coming…

The 2013 Firefighter recruitment season has begun. Already some of the big hitters have taken applications. Most notability Los Angeles City Fire just closed their application period. They are looking to hire some 350-400 firefighters a.s.a.p. More openings are expected during the list and this could be one of the largest recruitments in LAFD history.

We are seeing more firefighters graduating academies all across the Country. Today Madison Fire, graduated 20 new firefighters into their ranks of the fire department.… Read the rest

Deputy Chief Steve Prziborowski

6 ways to stall your firefighter job search

In today’s Sunday paper, I noticed a timely article titled “6 ways to stall your job search,” by Larry Buhl, and I wanted to share it since I think it really provides a lot of guidance for future firefighters. Now before we go any further, I’ve heard more and more people say they don’t read the daily newspaper because they don’t have time or they don’t think it’s relevant. I believe it’s critical for fire service professionals to be in-tune … Read the rest

Captain Lester Fuzell, Sr.

Ethical Questions or How Not To Sink Saving Your Buddy!

A candidate, questioning the oral board process, wondered what happened to the days when you would step up to help a brother who had gotten themselves into a less than desirable position? Also wondering why it seems to easy to “throw your buddy under the bus”.

We’re not in Kansas anymore, and your “buddy” doesn’t sign your paycheck!

Deputy Chief Steve Prziborowski

Oral Board Questions

As someone taking either an entry level or promotional level oral interview, there should be no “trick” or “surprise” questions if you have done your research/homework.

Meaning, there are many websites and books that have sample oral board questions that pretty much cover the majority of the types of questions you’ll be asked

Capt Craig Freeman

Small Thought about Customer Service

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak to 165 future firefighters at the California Fire Explorer Academy in Oxnard, CA. I chose to speak about a future in the fire service and advice on taking oral exams. One subject in the conversation was customer service and what it means to you as a firefighter.
Customer service is an added value, how you can add value to a trip to the store, a code 2 run to assist a person back … Read the rest

Andrew Wilcox

3 Basic Tips for Surviving an Interview in the Fire Service

The quest for giving the perfect interview seems to be the desire of every aspiring firefighter. Making sure appearances are clean and professional, having the perfect resume printed on paper that probably costs more than its worth, and investing heavily in deodorant to handle the stress during the agonizing moments before your name is called in to interview are all things that everyone in the fire service seems to have experienced. The fact of the matter is that in many … Read the rest

Josh Sauberman

My First Oral Board

I recently had my first oral board interview, and here I am going to tell about the experience; what it was like, and what I learned.

At this point in my pursuit of a fire service career I’ve taken only a handful of tests and only recently had my first panel interview.  I had assumed going into the interview that the panel would be made up of a variety of firefighters and senior officers from the department, but it turned … Read the rest