Capt Craig Freeman


Good morning, a fire dept I may be going into backgrounds wants an autobiography! Hand written two pages. HELP!


How to Write a Two-Page Autobiography

By Erica Sweeney


A short, two-page autobiography can be an essential resource in the corporate world, academic arena or other areas. It can introduce guest speakers, be part of a company’s press release or outline individual accomplishments for an employer. Writing a short autobiography can also be therapeutic because it will be a … Read the rest

Capt Craig Freeman


As entry level firefighters are needed across the Country they have to meet basic prerequisites. The list of minimum qualifications can be as basic as: 18 years old, High School Graduate or completion of the GED (General Educational Development) and a valid driver’s license.

The rule is to get yourself ready so when an agency is ready to test you’re ready to apply. Usually the requirements are more demanding and require you to have other certificates to apply for entry … Read the rest

Capt Craig Freeman

12 Steps – How To Become A Firefighter Faster – Guide by: Paul Card

How To Become A Firefighter Faster

Dear Firefighter Candidate-

I hope this guide helps you make your dreams of becoming a paid, professional firefighter come true…

It should be obvious that the steps aren’t difficult with a focused effort, and the time to complete them is under a year if you choose not to go to paramedic school and only as little as 18 months if you do.  This is a VERY small portion of your life and will put … Read the rest

Capt Craig Freeman

The Rookie Attitude


The Rookie Attitude

Posted on March 13, 2015 by Jonathon Jacobs in Blog // 1 Comment


Fire Recruit Joshua Vanopynen and instructor Christopher Anderson practice disconnecting and connecting fire hose couplings.

As a rookie, our most important job is to earn the respect and trust of our brothers and sisters in the fire service.  Too often, departments get fresh recruits with very little life experience and no idea what they are truly getting into by joining the Fire … Read the rest

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

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

Captain Lester Fuzell, Sr.

Old school wisdom…

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

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

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

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

Batt. Chief Bob Atlas

How to Become A Firefighter Workshop

Have you ever wondered how to be successful in the entry level Firefighter hiring process?

Looking back 16 years ago we had no idea how to approach the task of becoming a career firefighter. However, it is now very clear that, if we had the information and experience that the Becoming a Firefighter Workshop provides we would have been significantly more prepared and definitely got hired sooner. The combination of the instructors, the material they present and the partnership with … Read the rest

Deputy Chief Steve Prziborowski

Firefighter Code of Ethics – All Future / Current Firefighters Can Learn From This

In today’s daily Firehouse Magazine email (a great, free resource to keep you informed of fire service news stories), there was a great article that ALL current and future firefighters can learn from that is based on the actions of a small number of firefighters that are causing a black eye for the majority of firefighters who are trying to do the right thing.

It is a piece on the “Firefighter Code of Ethics,” and here are the opening comments:… Read the rest

Happy New Year, Happy You !

True life is lived when tiny changes occur.

-Leo Tolstoy

Cholesterol, Need to lower it?  Try Green Tea for starters

Looking for a simple resolution to improve your overall health? Start drinking green tea. My beverage of choice, green tea is a potent source of catechins – healthy antioxidants that can inhibit cancer cell activity and help boost immunity. Here are a few more reasons to drink Green tea.

 It can also:

Division Chief Paul Lepore

Filling out firefighter applications

I recently
spent four days with several other chief officers pouring through over 1,000 entry
level firefighter applications with a team of chief officers. Overall the
applications were very disappointing. The standout ones were awesome, but in
general the quality was pretty lackluster. Here are some of the things that we
as a group would like to pass along to aspiring firefighters.

Let’s start
with the basics. READ THE INSTRUCTIONS. Often times a department will provide specific
instructions. This may
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What Is in the Firefighter One Exam?

The firefighter I exam, taken after completion of several classroom courses and hands-on training, prepares you for the next level of firefighter training and the firefighter II exam.

Batt. Chief Bob Atlas

2012 Becoming A Firefighter Workshop

Now that the holiday season is officialy in full swing I wanted to take a moment to
wish you and your family a Happy and Safe Holiday Season. We all have much to be
thankful for at this time of year, the least of which is our family and friends. It
is with this thought that I say thank you to each of you for your friendship over
the years. For me it has been both an honor and a … 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.

A mother’s wise words…

My mom used to say, “You better check yourself at the door…!”

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!

Captain Lester Fuzell, Sr.

Unity of Command Answers the Conflicting Order Dilemma

A typical Firefighter oral interview question: “Given a task by your company officer at a fire ground, you encounter another Captain who gives you a different task. What is this situation and how will you handle it?”

Unity of Command answers that question!

Captain Lester Fuzell, Sr.

Begin To Dress To Your Success!

Make an excellent, long standing first impression; show that you are serious and set the bar higher for others to reach!

Josh Sanders

The concept of “kaizen”

One of the most important things I believe a firefighter should both embrace and embody is the concept of “kaizen”, or “continuous improvement”.  Above all traits – physical, mental, emotional – the desire to improve yourself each day has the potential to make you a top notch firefighter candidate and a welcome addition to any fire department.  Once on the job, the concept of continuous improvement is what separates average firefighters from exceptional ones; mediocre commanding officers from those that … Read the rest

Captain Lester Fuzell, Sr.

Invest in your Success…”you gotta’ pay the cost to be the Nozzleman!”

No one talks about the fact that to begin to compete for today’s firefighter jobs “you’ve got to pay to play”, meaning that to realize your goal of becoming a professional firefighter requires that you shell out some cash.