Capt Craig Freeman

San Diego Holds First Recruit Academy in More Than Three Years The 73rd academy will field 34 recruits

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department is seeing its first academy in more than 3 years complete training. The 73rd academy will field 34 recruits, who will then join rank-and-file firefighters serving San Diego.

As is tradition with each class, nighttime drills are held which allow relatives and friends of the future firefighters a chance to observe, up close, exactly what being a firefighter is all about. Observing the demonstrations drove home not only how significant an accomplishment completing the … Read the rest

Capt Craig Freeman

Latest Recruit Class Graduates Join Hawaii Fire Department

The Hawaii Fire Department recently held commencement exercise for its 41st Fire Fighter Recruit Class.

Department officials said the class underwent months of intensive instruction and fieldwork from a nationally recognized fire science curriculum.

That included fire and rescue training, treatment of wildland fires, handling of hazardous materials, lifeguard certification and driver training.

The recruits also earned Emergency Medical Technicians Basic certifications.

The recruits applied their EMT skills on clinical rotations through the Central, Kawailani and Keaau Fire Stations on … Read the rest

Capt Craig Freeman

Paramedic/Engineer Jamie Taylor Selected LSFD 2013 Firefighter of the Year

LEE’S SUMMIT, MO– The Lee’s Summit Fire Department is proud to announce that Paramedic/Engineer Jamie Taylor has been selected by the department and the Lee’s Summit Firefighter’s Association Local 2195, as the 2013 Firefighter of the Year.

Paramedic Taylor is a four year member of the department assigned to Fire Station 7, on C Shift. He was nominated by several members of the department for his compassion and overall contribution to the department and the community.

Paramedic Taylor’s level of … Read the rest

Capt Craig Freeman

Using Work-Sample Physical Ability Tests to Maintain Fitness Standards of Incumbent Firefighters

Daniel A. Biddle, Ph.D; CEO, Fire & Police Selection, Inc.
Stacy L. Bell, M.S.; Vice President, Fire & Police Selection, Inc.

In 2000, the National Fire Protection Agency made a bold but profound statement: “Overweight, out-of-shape fire fighters are an accident waiting to happen” (NFPA, 2000). While the statement can be supported by common sense alone, research data shows just how true this statement really is. For example, a 2005 study revealed that nearly 50% of all injuries to civilian … Read the rest

Deputy Chief Steve Prziborowski

Today’s Firefighter Preparation Seminar in Livermore – were you there?

This morning at the annual Firefighter Preparation seminar in Livermore at Las Positas College (coordinated by Fire Alumni), I had the incredible opportunity to present “25 Reasons to Hire you as a Firefighter.” I had a blast, saw a lot of old friends and acquaintances (Bob Atlas, Brian Helmick, Ron Johansen, Craig Freeman, Paul Lepore, John Walsh, Arnie Brockmire, Tonya Hoover, just to name a few), I got meet some new friends, and I got to meet lots of future … Read the rest

Captain Lester Fuzell, Sr.

Old school wisdom…

Will you being your career like an empty toilet paper roll?

5 Ways to combat the Winter Blues

If you woke up this morning feeling a little less vibrant than your usual self, you’re not alone. The third Monday of January is known as “Blue Monday”in Europe, and researchers there have created a mathematical formula to show that today is the day people feel most depressed out of the entire year.

A combination of the cold weather, short days, post-holiday woes, waning motivation for New Year’s Resolutions, and the simple fact that it’s Monday, all conspire … 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

November warmth

Fall, what a beautiful time of year – earlier bedtimes, cooler temperatures and the warmth of a homemade soup.   Remember within the hustle and bustle to take a moment for a little self-nurturing.  It is so important to treat yourself to even 5 minutes of quiet, relaxation, meditation, or whatever it is that allows you to be you, balanced and free of stress.

Food Focus for November – Root Vegetables

The roots of any plant are its anchor and foundation; … Read the rest

Capt Craig Freeman

Understanding Fire Department Recruitment

Fire Careers was formed 30 years ago by husband and wife Craig and Pam Freeman. Since then, they’ve assisted individuals throughout the United States to understand and progress through the United States’ fire department recruitment process.

About Fire Department Recruitment

Attempting to learn the ins and outs of fire department recruitment from scratch isn’t the best use of your time, if you’re eager to secure your next role. Instead, enlist recruitment service Fire Careers to identify the right opportunities on … Read the rest

Capt Craig Freeman

How to Become a Firefighter

Whether you’re aspiring to enter the fire service, or you’re an experienced firefighter, Fire Careers recruitment service can help you plan your next step. We’re a fire recruitment service with 30 years’ experience. Are you eager to advance to the next career level? Or do you simply wish to your foot in the door? Whatever your career circumstances, we’re the subscription service for you.

Become a Firefighter with FireCareers’ Help

We will tap into our industry contacts to help identify … Read the rest

Capt Craig Freeman

Easier Access to Career Firefighter Jobs

Have you always dreamed of a long, rewarding career in the fire service? With the economy being what it is, you owe it to yourself to press forward with every competitive advantage available to you. Fire Careers is one such advantage. We’re a fire recruitment business with our fingers on the pulse of the United States national fire service. We will notify you of the best and brightest career firefighter jobs as they become available: all for the bargain subscription … Read the rest

Capt Craig Freeman

FireCareers Firefighter Workshops

FireCareers Firefighter Workshop: Come join me in a seating limited daylong event as we discover the tools you have to be successful in your pursuit of a BADGE. Receive a FREE annual membership when you attend a FireCareers workshop, and lunch is provided as well. Class size is limited to 10 people.

You will learn: What it takes to become a firefighter. We will share a lot of information and discuss in great detail Oral boards and the types of … Read the rest

Firefighter Education Requirements & Suggestions

As with most employment opportunities, the higher the education level, the better; particularly in regard to salary and promotions. The same can be applied to the career of a firefighter, mainly due to the fact that most departments require certain certifications and credentials, such as the emergency medical technician (EMT), and at the very least a high diploma or GED. On top of that, having a college degree will increase a fire fighter hopeful’s chances of obtaining employment in this … Read the rest

Capt Craig Freeman

The best ways to become a fireman

Thanks to all the unfiltered information available via the Internet, it can be difficult to recognize the best ways to become a fireman.

That’s where Fire Careers comes in. We offer expert, fully-vetted advice and guidance on how to secure your dream career.

How to become a fireman

There are numerous ways your can boost your opportunities to become a fireman. A bachelor’s degree is typically looked upon highly, as is earning your EMT license. Volunteer experience is … Read the rest

Capt Craig Freeman

How to become a fireman

Fire Careers first launched our fire recruitment service 30 years ago. Since then, we’ve assisted people at all levels within the first industry, as well as educating novices on how to become a fireman.

Whether you’re on the hunt for your next promotion, or looking for an entry-level role to get your foot in the door, Fire Careers has the inside track on opportunities throughout the United States.

We assist our members by notifying them the second a suitable job … Read the rest

Capt Craig Freeman

How to become a firefighter

Whether you’re already a member of the fire service, or dream of getting your foot in the door in this important industry, Fire Careers recruitment service can help.

Thanks to our industry contacts, we post all opportunities to become a firefighter throughout the United States. As soon as a job is publicized, our members will know about it; we notify them via email, text message or Facebook.

Fire Careers will help you become a firefighter

Individuals who subscribe to Fire … Read the rest

Capt Craig Freeman

Firefighter careers – things to consider

It isn’t easy to become a firefighter. Even after you have become qualified, competition for jobs is fierce and nothing is guaranteed.

If you’re thinking about firefighter careers, here are a few things to consider:

The unique challenges of firefighter careers

Candidates looking into firefighter careers have to weigh up several factors that people in other jobs do not. For example:


  • Time commitment – becoming a firefighter can take years
  • Education – formal training or a Fire Sciences
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Capt Craig Freeman

Applying to become a fireman

Applying to become a fireman isn’t like applying for other jobs. The application, for example, is Government-prepared and sent directly to a Content Management System (CMS) that does all the fact-checking. This makes the job of the fire department HR manager a lot easier, as some firefighter jobs will result in hundreds of applications.

This also ensures no bias towards younger candidates with better-looking resumes. These things shouldn’t matter, but sometimes they do.

The effect of your resume on your Read the rest

Capt Craig Freeman

A firefighter career can be yours

If you’re looking to begin a firefighter career but don’t know where to start, visit Fire Careers. We can help.

How to get started with a firefighter career

There are lots of great things you can do to increase your chances of getting a job as a firefighter. These include earning a bachelors degree, earning an EMT license, and graduating from a Fire Academy. Volunteer experience is also extremely useful, along with working for the local Department of Forestry. A … Read the rest

When life gives you lemons: Fight Cancer, Boost Immunity, Improve Digestion and More.

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade and many other wonderful dishes.  But wait! Use the whole lemon.  Yes ! The peel also.  The peel contains 5 to 10 times more of the vitamins and nutrients than just the lemon flesh and juice.

When most people think of lemons, they think of them as a seasoning to add to dishes or beverages, to enhance flavor.  We never really think of consuming the whole lemon.,  Also, we usually just think of … Read the rest

Capt Craig Freeman

Firefighter careers at your fingertips

In these tough times, finding a job can be a tall order. In the fire service, or dreaming of putting out flames for a living? Fire Careers can point you in the right direction, posting all the latest and greatest firefighter careers opportunities online.

Benefits of our firefighter careers service

Subscribe to Fire Careers and you’ll get:

  • Instant access to expert advice from fire professionals
  • Membership incentive programs
  • Instant notifications when relevant firefighter careers are posted

Been recently laid off? … Read the rest

Capt Craig Freeman

Fire Careers takes the stress out of finding fire fighter employment

If you’re looking for a resource that gives you comprehensive, up-to-date information about fire fighter employment opportunities, visit Fire Careers. The 30-year-old brainchild of husband and wife Craig and Pam Freeman, Fire Careers is well-placed to help individuals in the fire service find the right opportunities, at the right time.

Fire fighter employment options

Whether you’re looking for fire fighter employment in a state, municipal or federal capacity, we can help you find out what positions are available. Not sure Read the rest

Capt Craig Freeman

Skills for fire fighter careers

For those seeking fire fighter careers, there are many steps that must be taken along the way. The career requires unique pre-requisites:

  • Candidates must be at least 18 years old, or 21 in certain states
  • Candidates must have a high school diploma or GED
  • A valid driver’s license is required
  • Candidate records must be free from drug use, traffic violations or felonies

These are simply the minimum requirements; there are other skills fire departments may be looking for.

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Capt Craig Freeman

Why EMT jobs are a great basis for careers in the fire service

An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) qualification is an essential part of being in the fire service; medical emergencies make up over 80% of the calls fire fighters respond to.

EMT Qualifications: essential for EMT jobs

Studying for an EMT certification has numerous benefits. Even unqualified, you can apply for jobs related to the fire service provided you’ve completed a few months of the course. EMT lasts for a single college semester and successful students can work for fire departments, ambulances, … Read the rest

Capt Craig Freeman

Getting into firefighting jobs and the emergency services

The emergency services can be one of the most rewarding careers there is. If you’re looking to make the jump into firefighting, find more information at FireCareers.

Getting ahead in firefighting jobs

Figuring out if firefighting jobs are for you requires careful consideration. First up, weigh up what jobs and departments you’re qualified for; apply for those first. If you’re under-qualified, look into getting the relevant training to boost your chances. Local community colleges offer EMT and science classes, or … Read the rest

Capt Craig Freeman

Finding firefighter employment online

There are a number of requirements a candidate must fulfil before being considered for firefighter employment. While each application will be considered on individual merit, there are some essential pre-requisites.


Firefighters are usually over the age of 18 and high school graduates, while a valid license is also a basic requirement. A record free of drug use, traffic violations or felonies is essential.


Other requirements for firefighter employment

There are other, more advanced requirements that can assist … Read the rest

Capt Craig Freeman

Get a Helping Hand with Finding Fire Department Employment

These days it can be tricky for even the most experienced candidates to find work, no matter what their industry. Luckily, there is help out there for those people who are struggling to know where to start. In the business of fire fighting and need a new position? You need Fire Careers: the one-stop-shop for fire department employment listings.

Every Type of Fire Department Employment

Fire Careers has access to an extensive catalog of employment agencies. We update our listings … Read the rest

Capt Craig Freeman

Take on a New Challenge with Jobs: Firefighter

Can you think of many careers more rewarding than jobs firefighter-style? While you may never have considered the fire service as a calling, if you’re in the market for a new challenge, manning a hose could be the one for you.

In the US, the ranking of a fire fighter is denoted on their helmet. More experienced team members usually wear white helmets, with juniors in red, although colors can vary from region to region. The helmet also features … Read the rest

Capt Craig Freeman

Find Your Calling in Life with the Fire Jobs Database

Are you looking for a new career? Do you crave the sort of extreme job satisfaction that comes only with saving lives and putting out fires? You were born to be a fire fighter — start your new career, today, with the online listings at Fire Careers.

How Fire Jobs can Help You

Fire Careers hunts down the best opportunities for those looking for a career in the fire service. Whether you’re new to the game or an experienced hose-master … Read the rest

Capt Craig Freeman

Securing your next fire department job

Want access to a comprehensive, timely fire recruitment resource to help you achieve your career goals? Fire Careers is just the ticket. Founded by husband and wife team, Craig and Pam Freeman, three decades ago, we help individuals at all career junctures find the right fire department job.

The perfect fire department job

Whether you have your heart set on a municipal, state, or federal fire department job, we can help you identify roles that will help you move up … Read the rest

Capt Craig Freeman

How to find the right firefighter job

Fire Careers offers Americans the most comprehensive online resource for fire service recruitment. Founded over 30 years ago, whatever your career aspirations or professional advancement, we can help you find your dream firefighter job.

Applying for a new firefighter job

Become a member of Fire Careers and you’ll receive:

  • Instant job notifications via email, phone or social media
  • Advice from fire industry professionals
  • Free service for recently laid off firefighters

Sign up to Fire Careers and increase your opportunities … Read the rest

Capt Craig Freeman

Fire fighter jobs through Fire Careers

Do you often miss listed fire fighter jobs? Are you forever spotting testing opportunities too late? Fire Careers can ensure it never happens again. Our monthly subscription service will help you achieve your career aspirations, whether you’re after an ambitious new promotion within your existing industry, or an entry-level fire fighting role.

Fire Career’s listed fire fighter jobs

Fire Career first launched 30 years ago thanks to husband and wife duo Craig and Pam Freeman. Today it remains our … Read the rest

Capt Craig Freeman

Let Fire Careers find your next fire fighter job

Finding your next fire fighter job can become a full-time role in itself. Career listings are easy to miss if you don’t know where to look, as are testing opportunities.

Fire Careers will aggregate all relevant information on your behalf so that you can focus on achieving your career aspirations. For a low monthly subscription fee we will flag the best opportunities in your region or nationwide, whether you’re hoping to enter the National Fire Department for the first time … Read the rest

Capt Craig Freeman

How to be a fireman

Since first opening our doors in 1982, we’ve educated individuals at all stages of their career on how to be a fireman.

Are you eager to enter the National Fire Department? Perhaps you’d like to move up the ranks in your existing department? Fire Careers highlights the latest opportunities nationwide, fine tunes applications, and ensures you’re never the last to know about training days.

Learn how to be a fireman

Founded by husband and wife team, Craig and Pam Freeman, … Read the rest

Capt Craig Freeman

Be first in line for fire department jobs

Want to be the first to know about fire department jobs in your area, or even nationwide? Fire Careers can help. For 30 years husband and wife team, Craig and Pam Freeman, has been helping people realize their dreams of both entering and advancing in the firefighting industry.

Subscribe to Fire Careers to receive information about fire department jobs as soon as it’s made available. We review each opportunity for you to highlight the essentials such as salary and required … Read the rest

Capt Craig Freeman

Know the Steps to Finding the Perfect Fire Department Job

No Two Alike

When it comes to finding the perfect fire department job, it is important to remember that all departments are different, so being prepared is essential. First, research the exact requirements for the agency you are applying. Once you have determined these requirements, submit your application and start to pre-pair for the testing process.

A typical fire department test may include some of the following components: an application, orientation, written exam, physical test, oral interview, background check, … Read the rest

Capt Craig Freeman

How to Become a Firefighter

Don’t Be a Statistic

To become a firefighter, you need to be strong. Not just physically, but also emotionally and mentally. Competition for jobs is fierce. The physical exam is strenuous and the written exam challenging. Many fail in the process – up to 70%. Those who stick with it go on to have a rewarding career. Before you make the decision to embark on the journey, it is important to know these five steps to becoming a firefighter.… Read the rest

Capt Craig Freeman

Firefighter Jobs: Finding the Best Location for Your Talents

What Are Your Goals?

As you complete the necessary requirements to fulfill your goal of becoming a firefighter it’s time to find the best job for your specific skills. It is important in the job search process to establish realistic and meaningful goals for your future. If you dream of being chief one day, setting goals helps you take the first step in this journey.

Make sure to list on your resume specific talents that you bring to the table, … Read the rest

Capt Craig Freeman

Fire Department Careers at Your Fingertips

Start Your Career as a Firefighter

Establishing Meaningful Goals , is the hardest step to becoming a firefighter. Now it’s time to take that dedication and apply it to your career as a firefighter. Do you want to work in a small town or does the excitement of a big city draw you? Either way, we offer services that can help you find your perfect job. Do you have experience and are looking for a change of pace or … Read the rest

Capt Craig Freeman

Learning How to Be a Firefighter

It takes intense training and strong commitment, but the rewards of learning how to be a firefighter far outweigh the hard work required. Many of those who start out in firefighting quit/fail out before completing training, the ones who persevere will tell you that despite the hard work, the rewards are endless.

Steps to Learning How to Be a Firefighter

There are simple steps that will help you in your path to learning to be a firefighter. Most fire departments … Read the rest

Capt Craig Freeman

The Firefighter Exam

It’s Test Time

School’s out and fire departments are testing – the only thing standing between you and a job as a Firefighter is applying and participating in the recruitment. A multi test process, usually a written test, physical agility or CPAT, Oral Interview, polygraph, background, medical, Chiefs oral and other steps to which the fire department will establish an eligibility list and hire firefighters usually by ranking..

What to Expect on the Written Portion of the Exam

The test … Read the rest

Josh Sauberman

Firefighter Resumes & Applying to Jobs

One of the nice things about applying to firefighting jobs is that you generally fill out a government prepared application focused on the facts, and that information shoots straight into a content management system (CMS) that handles all the formatting and checking of basic requirements. Every application looks the same to the HR person responsible for sorting and organizing the hundreds (sometimes thousands) of applications that firefighter openings pull in. This makes their jobs not only easier, faster and more … Read the rest

Josh Sauberman


One of the greatest things about the fire service is the friendship and “family” that develops out of the time spent with people, who in all other professions would simply be ‘co-workers’. I’ve been working one full 24 hour day, every week, for almost two and a half years at the Cordelia Fire Protection District. I love it, and I love the people I work with. It would be untrue to say that I consider the entire department “family” or … Read the rest

Josh Sanders


Recently I posted a traditional written blog on and based on the positive response we received, I decided to share it with you here at FireCareers.  The topic of perspective is so important to me, and should be to you, not only because it pertains to your career journey but because gaining & keeping perspective is what life is all about.  There is also a short video blog for which we have provided a link to view that gives

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Spring Clean from the inside out

You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present.

-Jan Glidewell                        


Spring Cleaning

People like “stuff”. We tend to hold onto it year after year. We save and stock up on things that we don’t know what to do with anymore. Maybe we keep things because they hold precious memories of days gone by, or they remind us of our parents, grandparents, past loves or childhood. To part … Read the rest

Capt Craig Freeman

Planning the 2012 Spring Firefighter 1 Academy Tour

Last year the FireCareersBus traveled across the United States visiting Firefighter 1 Academies and discussing important information about the hiring of firefighters in today economy.

We are now scheduling a local Spring Tour that will visit Firefighter 1 Academy programs here in California. We would like to schedule an hour of classroom time to present new information about the Work Styles Inventory written tests that are starting to be used across the Country for entry level testing.

Just recently I … Read the rest

Division Chief Paul Lepore

Another successful workshop

I am up in Northern California at the Las Positas college workshop on how to become a firefighter. What a great event put on by BC’s Helmick and Atlas. The cost was $12 to the students and included lunch. I even got to hang out with my old pal Craig Freema. What a fun day. It reminds me of why I got into the fie biz to begin with……… Read the rest

Personal Qualities Needed to Become a Firefighter

Working as a fire fighter entails physical and mental strength and endurance. With great responsibilities and difficult challenges that fire fighters face in times of fire incidents, sometimes strength and endurance aren’t enough. No matter how much training a fire fighter take, if they aren’t determined enough, the performance and work evaluation will only fall through.

Whenever a fire fighter applicant tries to get the job, senior fire fighters and recruiters do not consider physical aspects alone as there is … Read the rest

What I did on my Winter Vacation

My visit to Colonia New Jersey FD 

            So as a kid I never got the writing assignment, “What did you do over summer vacation?” So I thought I would write about my experiences while visiting friends, made while teaching at an academy for fire cadets. Mike Sherron and I teach at the Ohio Youth Fire and EMS Academy (OYFETA) which is where we met explorers and instructors from the Colonia FD. We hit it off immediately and converse regularly even … Read the rest