Back in the game

Once you’ve been in the fire service for years it’s in your blood if you truly love the job. I was recently approached by another interested individual about getting on the job and how to go about it. It really put the fire back in me (no pun intended!) to know there are people out there who just want to serve the public, go to calls, and make their community a better place to live.

So, from this point forward, The Fire Mentor is getting into the mentoring business full time. I want to share my experiences, some trade craft, and most of all experiences that I, and many like me, have endured for the fire service, my hope would be that you could deviate around the pitfalls, educate yourself, stay physically fit, then land the job of your dreams and be successful.

As this site gets built out, please stay tuned and pass along the good information to departments and individuals. We won’t just provide information on hiring, but promotions, specialty exploration such as Paramedic or tech rescue, how to handle personnel issues, personal coaching for career goals and so on.

If you have questions or comments I’m all ears!

Welcome to the Truck!

Part 3

“Many are called, few are chosen” In my humble opinion there is no more pivotal role in the fire service today than that of the company officer, it’s truly where the rubber meets the road.

This is the third in a series of four from the Fire Mentor on preparing today’s firefighters for their career goals, in this article we will concentrate on the role of company officer. The company officer is considered middle management in the fire service, the real difference with this position and all of the others is that this role is where we start to concentrate on a leader of a unit/crew, and you are the “boss”!!  Unlike Firefighter and Engineer, the Company Officer has a massive impact on those around them and the product that person delivers will have lasting effects on other people’s careers for years to come, as well as the potential to make life and death decisions on the fire ground.

It should also be noted in this article, that we will concentrate more on the Company Officer that will go through a formal process for a position in a structured fire department that has promotion process, while there are some volunteer organizations that have these most are an elected/voted position, so this article will not address that process but hopefully everyone can take something away from this for preparation for the next position.

 

The Process

The process for Company Officer is similar to that of Firefighter and Engineer. There will be a written exam, there will be an oral interview, after the oral interview is where some departments vary on what comes next?  The vast majority of departments will have a tactical scenario that the Company Officer must navigate through.  Other agencies might have the tactical scenario or substitute it with what is called role play.  Role play scenarios can range from an in basket to a conflict resolution task; we’ll get more into this later.

For the sake of argument we will get started with the written exam, all department’s like to know what your knowledge base is as you are getting ready to put some brass on your collar and start leading troops! The Fire Chief and staff want to ensure that you not only know how to fight fire, but manage budgets, know department procedures, and can at the very basic level interact with personnel while not on an emergency call.

 

It will be a safe assumption that the written exam will be lengthy and all encompassing. The material that could possibly be on the exam might include building construction, incident command, human resources, fire investigation, training; the list goes on and on.  The best thing to do is ask what will be on the test if there is not a pre-determined resource list already published.  I would also recommend that you study on your department’s SOP/SOG’s, as they will want to make sure that you are aware of how your department operates with various incidents/situations.

Now that you are testing for Company Officer, you are still responsible for the ranks that got you to this step, in other words you will still need to brush up on Firefighter and Engineer material as you are supposed to be able to train and mentor those under your charge.

Tips for success: Study, study, and study some more! You can never start too early, keep up on trends in the fire service that the test could hit on; always remember that there will be human resource type questions on a written exam.

Oral Interview

The oral interview for Company Officer will be challenging to say the least! This is truly where the department you are applying for a Company Officer position will want to see what you are made of.  The oral interview will probably have at least one member of the rank for which you are applying on the board, no doubt that it will be one of the department’s best officers, and there will also probably be battalion chiefs and or division chiefs and maybe the Fire Chief on this interview panel.  The moral of the story is don’t get rattled, be prepared for the fact that this board is going to look rigid and polished and getting down to business, because they are.

The questions will vary, but there are a few areas that will almost always be discussed; personnel issues-conflict resolution amongst department employees, tactical questions-review SOP/SOG’s, budgeting issues, your personal philosophy on the Fire Chief’s management, apparatus issues, and training.

Tips for success: Expect them to throw the kitchen sink at you! At this point in your career you are expected to be able to handle everything at the station level as well as running an incident from beginning to end while being the Officer in Charge the entire time. Be polished in your appearance and answers, if you need to take a second before you answer then do so, it’s better to let there be silence for a moment (they think you are searching your massive years of experience and knowledge!) vs. saying the “um’s and uh’s” while searching for answer, don’t try to fool people who have been in the game a long time.

 

 

Tactical Scenario or In Basket

The tactical scenario usually will follow the oral interview or will be right before the oral interview, and usually it will be the same board/graders that will evaluate you. The tactical scenario is the one chance the board will get to see you work under pressure and see what kind of decision making skills and incident command presence you have before they put you out on the street.

The scenario that you could face could be anything from a water rescue, traffic accident, or working fire with entrapment, again be prepared and you won’t be caught off guard, expect the worst and hope for the best.

The board in most departments are going to grade you on several factors, most of which are similar to the oral interview phase: how did you compose yourself, did you have a commanding presence/spoke clearly and calmly, did you know what to do according to the department’s SOP/SOG’s and standard practices, did you get flustered when multiple things started to occur on scene, and lastly can you handle the no win situation? The no win situation is simple, whatever you do or have done on scene does not produce the desired results you want, the board wants to see that you still can make sound decisions when a loss is inevitable-be it the structure or life, and that is the reality of the position you are applying for.

The other scenario that you could face could be the In Basket. This drill is of course less scary than fighting a house fire with multiple entrapments, however the board will still want to see if you are going to break down and cry in front of them, hopefully not!

The exam goes something like this, you are given a few moments to read a script about a personnel issue or citizen complaint, then an actor will come into the room and you both play out the scenario. Don’t be fooled, this person is not there to help you through this event, they are there to put you under pressure and see if you will get jacked up crazy and lose your cool.  Your job during this scenario is to be calm, cool, and collected and try to resolve the situation using conflict resolution techniques as best as possible, I say this because usually these are also no win situations, meaning whatever you say or do the results are usually not everyone goes home happy and you look like a rock star, no usually the employee gets upset or the civilian who is lodging the complaint gets irate and it has to be referred to higher management.

Tips for success: Keep your cool, keep your cool, keep your cool! It doesn’t matter what scenario you are given, if you can think clearly when everyone else isn’t you will look great to the board. Practice makes perfect! If you can practice both of these scenarios with friends or co-workers beforehand you will perform better during the actual testing.

 

Know your department’s procedures for both scenarios, it is imperative that you don’t make up standards on how to address these issues, it will show very quickly whether you prepared or you are flying blind on your decision making skills.

Time to Shine

As with any tested position, but Company Officer especially, you have got to be ready for this process, take some time before you put in the application and soul search and ask yourself are you really ready to do this career step or not? People are depending on you and you will be responsible for much.

Take extra time to prepare, make sure you have studied for the written exam, it’s one thing to not be promoted because you were beat by a top notch of peers, it’s another thing to be passed over because you didn’t pass the written exam, and we all know the fire service talks amongst our peer groups, you want to finish this process with pride and feeling of accomplishment as well as sending a message to those in the front office that you are serious about your career, not just that you woke up that morning and decided to try for Company Officer and if you make it you make it-and if you don’t you don’t!

Also, ask questions of those who are already sitting in the seat, most will be very willing to share their experiences and knowledge with you, deep down we all want to see you succeed.

Just remember, no one cares about your career like you do, so prepare for it accordingly!

Stay safe and we’ll see you at the next one, the fourth and final installment of the “Welcome to the truck!” series; the Chief level process.

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Welcome to the Truck Part 2

You stroll into the kitchen and grab a cup of coffee. Most of the crew you know from working as a fill-in on various shifts.  The Captain asks if you are totally checked off as a back-up driver and have all the required certifications to fill-in for the Engineer position today?  You confidently tell him yes, as he then tells you “good, because you’re driving today!”  As you put your turn out gear on the rig you think to yourself, I should put in for the next Engineer exam, I’m ready!

This is the second in a series of four from the Fire Mentor on preparation for the position of Engineer/Driver Operator (lower management). For the sake of argument in this article we are going to refer to this position as an Engineer.  Typically in most departments across the county, the Engineer is the primary driver/operator of the apparatus, and this position usually has some level of authority in the chain of command.  In larger departments the Engineer answers to the company officer and can have some guidance over the back step firefighters and be called upon to fill in when the company officer is gone, in a smaller department or volunteer organization this could be the designated adult on the truck, as operating a several ton, multi-thousand dollar vehicle is a large responsibility!

The Process

The process for Engineer is not all that different than that of recruit firefighter. The similarities are a written exam for sure, possibly an oral interview, but the main difference should be a practical exam to include a scenario for the Engineer utilizing the apparatus.

Let’s start with the written exam. It should be understood that almost every fire department will administer some type of written exam.  These exams will vary greatly as every fire department puts emphasis on different priorities, usually based on the history of the department, needs of the department, and how successful their Engineer ranks are?  The substance of the exam is what you as an individual need to find out early, then research what publications you will need to study, and hit the books hard.  If this is a general knowledge Engineer exam, which some departments may do, there are many great books and resources to choose from: IFSTA Driver Operator, IAFC Driver Operator, Jones & Bartlett Driver Operator and the list goes on and on.  Other areas of consideration for the written exam should be your fire department’s standard operating procedures (SOP’s), driving laws concerning emergency apparatus for the state in which you live, and of course you should know your apparatus.  Apparatus knowledge is as vast as the apparatus which your department operates. Some things to look at with your rigs should be GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating), overall specifics such as height and width/make & model, fire pump capacity, amount of hose for an engine, aerial specifications for a ladder truck, various tools, and you get the point. You need to know your trucks!!

A few more hints on the written exam; brush up on your hydraulic calculations, in other words math!!! A good Engineer will be able to perform basic math functions in their head; there are many cheater methods for this that can be pulled right out of the manuals that were listed earlier. Get your hands on your rigs and ask questions.  The only way to know how they operate, the quirks, and capabilities is to go out and train on the trucks/pumps/aerials until you can’t get it wrong.  Ask questions of other Engineers, most will be very willing to help out.  You just might be surprised how much a seasoned Engineer will know and share.

Oral Interview

The oral interview for Engineer and every other position you apply/test for from here on out in your career will be a challenge and there is much to anticipate from the interview panel. The reason I say there is much to anticipate is that with a tested position, to include Engineer, you are being tested on your position and potentially the next one above yours.  In the fire service today, it is a reality that you are being prepared to potentially fill in for the next rank.  For example, as a firefighter one of the things you should be trained on is how the rigs operate and starting to drive them in non-emergency type of scenarios.  As an Engineer, you will be introduced to what the company officer does, and as a company officer you will be (should be) prepped for what the battalion chief does.  This is one of the similarities the fire service has to the military, hence why we are a para military organization, the preparation for the next position in chain of command is essential to succession planning and department operations.

The questions from the interview panel will vary, some will be situational based, such as, how do you handle a discrepancy on your rig that does not get fixed but you feel could be a safety violation. Some can be SOP driven, such as, what is the operating pressure on a pre-connect hand line for a car fire.  You could get a question like, “you are first due engine to a two story residence with possible entrapment and your closest hydrant is five hundred feet past the house, what do you do?”

Just a reminder, from this position on you will be in a supervisory role of some sort. The Engineer in some agencies will be the fill in/back up officer, so there is the potential that on the interview panel you could get questions that have to do with personnel issues, command strategies and tactics etc… The best way to be ready for these types of questions is to ask the people that are already there (The Fire Mentor); you could also reference some tactics and management books.

 

Hands on Scenario

Here is the phase of the process where you really earn your money! There are instances where an average test taker and interviewer might fall to the back of the line with everyone else, but if you can outperform all of the other candidates at the pump panel, you will finish well overall!  Start with getting your hands on the rigs, get with the current Engineers and pick their brains.  Figure out every detail about the rigs, every specification, and then get out there on the drill ground or parking lots and hit it hard!  Train until you can’t get anything wrong.  Have Engineers give you the impossible scenario and then beat it.  All this preparation is a great way to get your crews out and do exceptional training, as a mentor this is also a way you can invest in a new firefighter by explaining how all of this works and what you are getting ready to test for.  You also have got to know your fire department’s SOP’s cold, if there is a set pressure (psi) for a hand line, then you need to know that, or if you have to chock your wheels after setting the air brake then you have to know it or you will fail.

Time to Shine

OK, now it’s time to show everyone what you can do! A few last minute reminders, find out what the study materials are up front and study as much as possible, practice your interview skills and possible questions that could be on the oral interview panel, find a senior Engineer that knows what they are doing and pick their brain and tell them to give the impossible scenarios and then knock them out!

Just remember, no one cares about your career like you do, so prepare for it accordingly!

Stay safe and we’ll see you at the next one, the second installment of the “Welcome to the truck!” series; the Engineer/Driver Operator process.

Should you have any questions or comments, please go to www.thefirementor.net or message me/email me from Facebook: The Fire Mentor

 

 

Welcome to the Truck!!

In the fire service, these are the words we all long to hear at some point in our career, whether we are starting out at the entry level and getting hired for the first time, or you have been promoted to an engineer or company officer position and are reporting for the first shift in your new role. When you advance through the ranks there is also the prospect of making a chief level position, going from the truck to the battalion chief buggy, where the real challenges lie in wait!!!

This series from the Fire Mentor of “Welcome to the Truck!” will be a four part series that will help you prepare/train and focus on the main phases of competing for the positions of recruit firefighter (entry level), engineer (lower management), company officer (mid-management), and battalion chief/division chief (executive management).

Entry Level – Recruit Process

We will start out with entry level or recruit firefighter hiring processes. While there are a million books, websites, and videos written by some of the best in the industry we will take a more simplistic and centered methodology on getting ready for the first and hopefully last hiring process you will ever have to take!!

There are generally two types of entry level firefighting processes that you could be exposed to; one is what I would describe as the local or department driven process and the second one is a third party process developed by a company or consulting firm. Don’t be fooled! Both of these processes are usually very comprehensive, don’t assume since a process was developed by the department that it is any less challenging, as most departments have very talented individuals in their training divisions with years of experience.

Entry level firefighter processes, whether developed by the home team (department) or created by a firm will have some very basic phases throughout the process. Some processes may vary, but from my experience these are what you will encounter: written exam, physical agility testing, and an oral interview. Anyone of these phases can come in any order. In my department for example we like to give the physical agility test first as this costs us nothing and is a good indicator of a person’s drive and motivation and how they perform in front of their prospective peers. Are the candidates friendly, arrogant, is the test very challenging for them (which means they didn’t prepare properly), or did they crush the test because they were prepared and now go into the oral interview with a confidence builder under their belt?

Written Exam

Now that we have the basic phases on the table let’s break them down and set up a plan for success! For the sake of argument let’s assume the written exam is the first phase. As I mentioned earlier, there are a multitude of books, videos, and online tools you can access to assist you in preparing for this phase. You can even go online and take practice exams, which I believe to be beneficial!  What you can expect from most written exams is that they will be general in knowledge as most departments realize they are going to have to train you once hired, they are more concerned with knowing that you have basic reading comprehension, math, memorization techniques, and mechanical awareness.

So when you start to figure out that you need a study guide or begin seeking assistance email The Fire Mentor. Some other credible resources are: the US Military’s ASVAB study guides, Fire Engineering, Firehouse, and there are even some departments such as Henrico County, VA, FDNY, LA City, and Tulsa, OK that put their study guides on line for you to access.  The bottom line with written exams is that when you find out the date of the exam start to study and concentrate on the basics as we discussed earlier and you will do well.

Physical Agility Testing

The second phase of the hiring process could be the physical agility test. These tests vary from agency to agency as the east is from the west!!  The good thing is that you have total control over this portion of the process, you can be totally prepared and knock this one out of the park and the resources available to you for preparation are endless!  Most agility testing will consist of some type of obstacle course, no I don’t mean climbing walls and scaling cargo nets like the Army, but there will be several stations or events that you will have to navigate through and successfully complete in order to continue.  These stations will usually be a pass/no pass obstacle, meaning if you do not complete it you do not continue on and you are eliminated from the entire hiring process.  Also, some departments time this phase as a way to judge/measure you against their department and other candidates that you are competing against for a career.

So how do you prepare, hit the gym!!! You don’t have to become a “cross fitter”, but you do have to maximize your cardio output. These agility tests usually will hit your lungs and legs the hardest.  You will need to get a cardio regimen put into place, start early so that the day of the test you are flying through the “O” course.  Some of the obstacles you will encounter could be: a dummy drag (usually 150 lbs. or more), hose line drag, sledge hammer drill/Kaiser sled, stair climb event usually with a high rise pack, there could be a confined space crawl, just to test your claustrophobia, and potentially an aerial climb if the department has an aerial or practices aerial operations.  Some great resources to take a look at for preparing for an agility test might be: fireprep.com, CPAT from the IAFF/IAFC, and firefighternation.com.

Oral Interview

The third phase is the oral interview. This phase usually is reserved for those that have passed the first two phases and have been asked to return and proceed through the process.  Depending on the department, this interview could be called the Chief’s interview where it is you and the Fire Chief having an interview or you will be brought in front of a panel of firefighter and officers for questioning, it will feel like you are undergoing the Spanish inquisition!!  That’s OK and normal, everyone else is going through the same thing, the difference between you and them is preparation!!

There are a few things you can do before you get there to help ensure your first impression is a good one and boost your confidence: dress for success, be early, research and prepare for the questions, don’t drink four cups of coffee before the interview!! Your appearance speaks volume to the chief or the board, even though this is an entry level position you need to dress as though you are applying for the Chief’s job, this shows you are a professional and take your career very seriously, a suit and tie is the minimum, nothing less.  Shine your shoes, get a haircut, and a good shave, side burns and goatees might be cool at the mall but will not help you with this board. Also, if you have piercings or something distracting, take it out before you get there.

Question preparation begins with online research. There are literally hundreds of books and websites all online that will prepare you for some of the most common questions that every interview uses, they might be worded slightly different, but they are basically the same. For the questioning, it is good to have prepared answers in your head before the interview, this way you are not searching for a response.  When speaking you must sound solid, don’t guess your answers, but take a deep breath and give a solid response to every question, try not to use the” um’s” and “uh’s” when giving a response.  Another sure fire way to ace the interview is to do a practice run before the real one, this can be accomplished by actually sitting in front of a group of people that will judge you fairly, i.e. your family (sometimes the harshest critics!) or co-workers. The second way is to video your responses as someone asks you questions, this gives you an opportunity to critique yourself to see if there are any issues, you could also email me, The Fire Mentor, your video and I will give you feedback.

Wrap up

The entry level firefighter process is something we could talk about for days, that’s why people write books and I have a website for assistance as the information is vast and we could go into a great deal more. Just remember a few key important guidelines and you will perform well: preparation is key with all phases, make sure you are physically and mentally in shape, arrive early for every step in the process, ask for help (www.thefirementor.net),  do research on the department you are applying for-you just might find out the key to success, and take every phase in the process seriously, this is your career and you can bet if you are not taking it seriously everyone else is!!

Stay safe and we’ll see you at the next one, the second installment of the “Welcome to the truck!” series; the Engineer/Driver Operator process.

Should you have any questions or comments, please go to www.thefirementor.net or message me/email  me from Facebook: The Fire Mentor

 

 

Lead from the front

As many of you know yesterday marked the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on our country. These attacks affected our entire country, but most locally in New York City, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, PA.

The reason I bring up the obvious is that some of our newer generation firefighters were barely alive or have never learned about this historical event in school, the impact it had on the fire service, and why we have memorials on this date.  The videos and books from the time period are around, but you would have to diligently seek them out to get a historical review of what took place that day, and find accurate accounts.

With the newer generation of firefighters having little to no knowledge of this event, it is our responsibility and duty as the more senior generations of firefighters and officers to teach and instruct those who don’t know or only know that 9/11 is a special day for firefighters, because it’s so much more than that!!!

So what do we do now?  As the leader of a progressive fire/rescue organization I feel that it is my responsibility to show (lead) my respect and obligation to honor those that went before me by participating in some type of memorial ceremony or climb/run/walk, at the very minimum that is a good first step.  Yesterday I took part in the 9/11 Silent Walk in Charleston & Mt. Pleasant, SC.  I give much props to Tian Griffieth and his crew for putting this event on and having much success with the execution.  And as the leader of an organization I hope to inspire others to “Never Forget”, as well as educate and inform those who don’t remember or have never been told what took place on that horrible day.

Lead from the front!!

Stay safe and email me at: listening@thefirementor.net

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-Keeping the fire After a long summer time sabbatical, The Fire Mentor is back!! I had a moment of rejuvenation, you ask why? There was a young man, not that young, but younger than me use this website to contact me about joining the fire service. The good news is this website and it’s intent does work! The real point of this post, is that the young person in question was really looking for information on how to join the fire service and get on the “job”. Many times in the fire service we get side tracked on budgets, projects, and metrics on how to measure our success or service delivery. These are all great things, but they sometimes snowball us into a lull in our chosen profession, I can clearly say that as a Fire Chief I can lose focus easily. Needless to say, I found it refreshing that this individual just wanted to be a firefighter, and was willing to train, attend any type of meeting, or even pay his own way to the local state academy to get hired. We talked at great lengths about area departments, pay, retirements, run volumes, manpower, and budgets. After that conversation we talked about the job, how cool and fun that was!! Just talking about the job, fires, old times and now current times, mixed with some technology in today’s fire service. I can’t wait for the next one to come in and ask questions, new or old, on the job already or wanting to get started, “Your either going to do this job or be great at it”!! Stephen McCaffery-Backdraft Stay safe and email me at: listening@thefirementor.net Visit: www.thefirementor.net

Make time to talk with your friends

One of my privileges as The Fire Mentor is to simply share experiences and enhance the physical , spiritual, and mental aspects of the aspiring firefighter and the existing professional.

Whether you are starting your career or you are many years into your chosen profession, it is important to build and keep relationships. When we start our careers at some type of training program we meet the most influential people to that point, instructors.  These people are who we look up to, ask questions, take orders from, and sometimes want to be like.  Then as we progress we find company officers or chief officers that inspire us or appear to have their lives and career in order.

The more and more I think about my experiences I realize how much these people influenced me. I truly enjoyed these relationships and the conversations I had with them. Keep these relationships as much as you can, even if you just catch up once a year, for example at FDIC which I attend every year, still make time to talk to these people.  If the best you can do is a phone call then do that, it will make you feel better, you can exchange ideas, these people can be great sounding boards.

Please feel free to comment on these blogs on how you keep relationships, or what is the best one to keep!!

Stay safe and email me at: listening@thefirementor.net

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Time for the Company Officer to prepare

– As we start a new week it’s time to focus on the current company officer and advancement. This can take many forms to include a promotion to a staff position like Training Officer or the next level company officer-Captain or even to Battalion Chief.

The first step in this process is to truly know what the job is at the next level, do your research!! We will concentrate on the staff position in this post.  The job posting should have all the minimum requirements needed, you should ensure you meet the minimums and hopefully you exceed the type of position you are looking at; i.e. Training Officer should have multiple instructor certifications or for arson multiple cause and origin or interviewing skills.

The next step is to look into the change in schedules and workload or lifestyle this will impose. This type of promotion is truly a life altering event!! If you have never left shift life this move will tug at your inner core and make you ask yourself if this is the right move or not?

Now that you’ve researched the position and the schedule change, it’s time to focus on preparing. A great place to start is with your professional career resume.   Do you have one? If you do when was the last time you looked at it? You don’t want to turn in a resume for a professional promotion and the last thing that was on there is from 3 years ago!!  Remember you are selling yourself and competing against others who want the position as bad as you do.

Mid-week post we will go over the other steps for preparation.

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Who do we work for?

It’s time for the mid-week update. Hopefully you have determined what kind of person you are and what it takes to pursue this profession or move forward in your career. This should not be a decision made lightly, as sometimes we forget who is really counting on us!!

As this is a site about mentoring, this is where we get to pass on information about our job to those wanting to start a career, move up in the profession, and return the favor to others.

So let’s revisit who we are working for: The public, not just the people in our community but all those traveling through our neighborhoods. We are working for our brother and sister firefighters, who constantly are counting on us to have their backs.  And finally we are working for our families, whether it’s a spouse, children, mother and father-they all expect us to do our jobs as safely and smartly as possible to ensure our return at the end of our shift!!

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Advice for Fire Service Applicants

As I put a new post on The Fire Mentor Facebook page about applicants for getting on the “job”, please read the post below and then add to what applicants should prepare themselves for or add some words of wisdom!!!

Welcome to week 2. As this is a page about the Fire Service and Mentoring we are going to speak to those persons wanting to come into the greatest profession on earth!

So you want to get on the “job”. Let’s start with a few words of advice about the Fire Service and why are you seeking this career, because it’s not just a job!! Are you looking for a solid pay check and benefits, a job where you have a lot of time off, or a job where it looks like you get to sit around and watch TV all day???  If so, please go to another FB page or I can help you look for a different career path. The Fire Service is a calling not a job, “many are called, few are chosen”!!

If this better describes you or what you are seeking then let’s move forward: a self-starter, the need for little supervision, willing to get dirty (actually like getting dirty), having a 23 hour shift of training and admin duties followed by the last hour of high intensity high stress life changing calls, then stick around for tomorrow’s post!

The Fire Service Needs YOU!!!

I’m listening-The Fire Mentor

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