Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Firefighter/EMT-I at Northrop Grumman

Here is a new Firefighter/EMT job just posted.

Title: O15 Firefighter/EMT-I
Category: Security
Location: Newport News, VA / USA
Sector: Shipbuilding

Description: The selected candidate mut be in good physical condition in order to respond to fire/medical emergencies on Company property. Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate certification is required. High School graduate or equivalent preferred. Successful candidates will have technical and preferred skills to include confined space training, VA-EVOC, VFDP- Firefighter I & II, Hazmat Awareness and Operations. Candidate must have a valid Virginia driver's license. Security Clearance Required.

The job is throught the Northrop Grumman Corporation, click here to apply.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Florida Firefighter Information

Florida has some very strict and great training for firefighters. The Firefighter Minimum Standards course consists of a minimum of 360-hours of training. The first 160-hours includes NFPA Firefighter I and Florida specific requirements. The following 200-hours includes NFPA Firefighter II and Florida specific requirements.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Illinois Firefighter Information

Here is a list of important Fire Service related links for the State of Illinois. The Office of Illinois State Fire Marshal and requirements for Firefighter Certification as a Firefighter II.

If you are looking for Fire Departments in your county, check the link below:

Illinois Fire Departments by County

Illinois Firefighter Job Listings:
Illinois Firefighter Links:

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Starting Salary for a Las Vegas Firefighter

The annual salary for a Las Vegas firefighter starts at $49,947.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

1,000-Plus Line Up for 15 Las Vegas FF Jobs

So you want to be a Las Vegas Firefighter, one small piece of advice, if it not to late by now hurry! The city officials plan to limit the number of applications accepted to 1500!

Monday's line grew and snaked along the sidewalks outside the building before offices opened at 8 a.m. and the applications were accepted. It was a familiar scene for city officials, who go through the process every two years.

"We typically see about 1,800 applications in a regular year," city spokeswoman Diana Paul said. "We knew we'd have an overwhelming response."

Paul said officials knew the sagging economy would draw a lot of applications, so the department limited the number to 1,500.

As of Monday afternoon, 1,440 people had submitted applications, but officials expect to hit 1,500 in the next few days. Otherwise, the application deadline will be Oct. 16.

Read the full story on

Thursday, September 24, 2009

How to Become a Firefighter

The modern day Firefighter is different from the traditional roles that Firefighters followed. In addition to fire suppression, a Firefighter roles and responsibilities include technical rescue, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Hazard Materials, and extrication in motor vehicle accidents (MVA).

Step 1
Determine what type of Firefighter you want like to be. There are three basic types of Firefighters; Career, Volunteer, or Paid-On-Call (POC).
Step 2
Decide if you will pay for the FireAcademy and EMS training or find a Fire Department that will provide the training at no cost.
Step 3
Select several departments that you are eligible to work for and stop in and fill out an application. A preliminary background check is usually conducted on all applicants.
Step 4
Most Fire Departments require some form of basic skill testing. A civil service exam is also used. Prepare for the exam, hiring order is typically based of the scores on every step in the process!
Step 5
Train for a Physical Ability Test or Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) well before you submit your application.
Step 6
The interviewing process for a Firefighter is called an oral board. The oral board consists of a selected from the Chief's Staff.
Step 7
Pass a background screening and character investigation. Many departments include a psychological exam and some even include a polygraph test. Just remember to be truthful on the background investigation and record release forms.
Step 8
Typically, a medical examination and pre-employment drug screening is preceded with a conditional offer of employment. So make sure you are in excellent physical shape and do not use any tobacco products. Many departments require Firefighters to remain tobacco free during their period of employment.
Step 9
Earn NFPA Firefighter I and II certifications from a fire academy.
Step 10
Complete EMS training and receive a medical license from the state in which your employer is located.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Firefighter - Lincoln Park, MI

Firefighter - Lincoln Park, MI

Closing Date - 10/23/2009
Salary RangeStarting salar - $40,247.09 annually.

Description - The City of Lincoln Park is now accepting applications for examination to establish an eligibility list for future Probationary Fire Fighter positions in accordance with the following:PRIOR APPLICATIONS SHALL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS EXAMINATION.

  • Be legally employable in the United States.Be at least 18 years of age at time of application.
  • Physical Standards: Height and weight must be proportional. The City’s Health Officer may reject any candidate believed to have a physical weakness or handicap which would prohibit the applicant from successfully performing the rigorous duties of a Fire Fighter. Vision may be corrected to 20/20 for each eye.
  • Character: An arrest, poor driving record, poor school or work record, addiction to alcoholic liquors, drugs and/or narcotics, immaturity, etc. may result in rejection.
  • Evaluation: Successful completion of the listed written and physical agility/ability tests, multiple oral interviews, psychological testing, and a pre-employment physical with drug screen.
  • Background Check: Applicants must consent to submit to a full background check.

Additional Information - Submit photocopy/proof of the items listed below with your completed City of Lincoln Park “Employment Application Form”:

  • Valid Michigan Drivers license.
  • An Accredited High School Diploma, GED or Military GED.
  • MFFTC/OFFT Firefighter I Certificate.
  • MFFTC/OFFT Firefighter II Certificate.
  • MFFTC/OFFT Hazardous Materials Awareness Certificate.
  • MFFTC/OFFT Hazardous Materials Operations Certificate.
  • Current Michigan Paramedic License.
  • Current American Heart Association ACLS Certificate
  • Resume (Curriculum Vitae, if appropriate) with coversheet and letters of recommendation (preferably professional).

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Firefighter - Las Vegas, NV

Firefighter - Las Vegas, NV

Closing Date - 10/16/2009

Description - Aapplications for firefighter trainee will be acceptted beginning 8:00 a.m. on September 28, 2009. The filing deadline for Firefighter Trainee applications is 4:30 p.m. on October 16, 2009 or until we reach 1500 applications.

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Current Valid Driver's License
  • Must be 18 years old.

Also read How to become a Las Vegas Firefighter for more detailed information.

Firefighter Trainee - Clark County, NV

If you are looking to start as a Firefighter in Neveda I would go ahead and apply with Clark County. Make sure you submit your application during the open appilcation period.

Firefighter Trainee - Clark County, NV
Closing Date - 10/16/2009

Description - We always strive to hire the most suitable individuals as firefighters. We are committed to selecting the most prepared and competent individuals who will bring pride to our profession, strength to our department, and quality service to our community.In seeking top candidates, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue has developed a specialized and highly competitive recruitment process.


  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Current Valid Driver’s License
  • Must be 18 years old
  • *EMT-Basic certification and must meet current physical condition requirements. *You do not have to meet these requirements on the date of application.

Additional Information - We will be accepting applications for firefighter trainee beginning 8:00 a.m. on September 28, 2009. The filing deadline for Firefighter Trainee applications is 4:30 p.m. on October 16, 2009.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

How to Be a Chicago Firefighter

The steps below will help you become a Chicago Firefighter and fulfill your dream. Go to and see if the Chicago Fire Department has any Job announcements. IF the department is currently accepting applications, follow the steps below.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Valid Drivers License
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Proof of residency in the City of Chicago (At time of employment)


  1. Submit an application with the City of Chicago Department of Human Resources online at Only apply during an open hiring periods. Submitting an application requires a nonrefundable payment of $20.
  2. Take a Civil Service exam. Dates and times are randomly assigned. No reschedules will be permitted for anyone under any circumstances. A study guide will be given out after you submit a completed application.
  3. Applicants that pass the exam will require a background investigation, medical examination, drug screen, and a Physical abilities test. The Chicago Fire Department provides information on the Physical Abilities Test. A series of Physical Abilities Test Preparation videos are available on YouTube. These were uploaded and created by the Chicago Fire Department.
  4. Earn your spot on the eligible list.

Chicago Firefighter Starting Salary and Benefits

Chicago Firefighter start salary and benefits:
  • Starting salary of $44,838
  • One-day on, two-days off work schedule
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Health insurance
  • Prescription drug plan
  • Vision and dental plans
  • Paid sick leave
  • Paid vacation leave
  • Paid holidays
  • Retirement plan

Monday, August 31, 2009

Fallen Buffalo Firefighters Benefit T-Shirt

Please show your support for the Fallen Buffalo Firefighters and buy a t-shirt. First Impressions Apparel Inc, along with the Buffalo Professional Firefighters Association will be donating all profits from the sale of the Benefit T-Shirt to the Families of Fallen Hero Firefighters: Chip McCarthy & Jonathan Croom.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Largest Fire Departments in the United States


Largest Fire Departments in the United States:

  1. New York Fire Department
    • Steps to become a New York Firefigter
    • Minimum Requirements to become a New York Fire Fighter

  2. Los Angeles Fire Department

  3. Chicago Fire Department

  4. Houston Fire Department

  5. Phoenix Fire Department

  6. Philadelphia Fire Department
    • Steps to become a Philadelphia Firefigter
    • Minimum Requirements to become a Philadelphia Fire Fighter

  7. San Antonio Fire Department
    • Steps to become a San Antonio Firefigter
    • Minimum Requirements to become a San Antonio Fire Fighter

  8. Dallas Fire-Rescue

  9. San Diego Fire Department
    • Steps to become a San Diego Firefigter
    • Minimum Requirements to become a San Diego Fire Fighter

  10. San Jose Fire Department
    • Steps to become a San Jose Firefigter
    • Minimum Requirements to become a San Jose Fire Fighter

Monday, August 17, 2009

How to Become a New Orleans Firefighter

The New Orleans Fire Department employs full-time firefighters that work a 24 hour on and 48 hour off schedule. The department uses a common practice in the fire service of testing all applicants and ranking them based on their results. The test is conducted by the Civil Service and is only given on Saturdays on certain dates.

Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Things You'll Need:
  • Birth Certificate

  • Driver's License

  • High School Diploma or GED

  • 18 years old


  1. Apply in person at the Civil Service application desk located at 1300 Perdido Street in Room 7W03. Please remember, application are only accepted during open recruitment periods.
  2. Submit to a background check. This usually is conducted by the police department or another agency.
  3. All applicants must successfully complete a written exam.
  4. The department requires a physical agility test. Train for this step in the hiring process by getting into great physical condition. There are many books and web sites that offer great training tips to make sure you can pass the test safely, in the required time.
  5. Pass a medical exam and drug screening. This is an important step in the process.

Tips & Warnings

  • Fire Recruits attend a training academy that is 16 weeks long and is completely paid by the city.

  • Once a recruit completes the academy they serve one year as a probationary firefighter.

  • You must have a certified copy of your Birth Certificate, a valid driver's license, and an original copy of your high school diploma or GED.


  • New Orleans Fire Department

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

How to Become a Los Angeles Firefighter

The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) has a long standing for an exceptionally high standard for training and performance. The Los Angeles Fire Department is responsible for protecting approximately 4 million people who not only live in America's second largest City, but also work and play. Joining the ranks of LAFD is no easy task and should not be taken lightly. Below are the basic steps to help you join the LAFD's 3,562 uniformed personnel. The LAFD is an action packed department to work for. Last year the department responded to 713,762 calls for help.

Things you need:
  • Minimum age of 18 years at the time of application.
  • Minimum A U.S. high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent, or a California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) certificate.
  • A valid California Driver's License.


  1. Sign up for the e-mail notification system the Los Angeles Fire Department has set up should the current examination application process open for filling. The link below is an important first step!
  2. Find out when the LAFD will be offering an Orientation Seminar. The seminars are usually offered the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Saturday of the month from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m and from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. You need an appointment to attend, so contact the Recruitment section at (213) 485-8032.
  3. All candidates must complete a Preliminary Background Application as part of the application process at the time of filing.
  4. To become a Los Angeles Firefighter you need to successfully complete the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT). To state “successfully complete” is an understatement! You need to score in the top 10 of all testers! The LAFD offers CPAT practice sessions, so take full advantage of that! Just remember, a Firefighter is one of the most physically demanding jobs in the United States. Click here for a video of the CPAT course.
  5. Score highly in a written multiple-choice test. The test contains math and reading comprehension.
  6. An interview is required. Only the candidates with the highest score will continue in the selection process.
  7. Complete background investigation will be conducted.
  8. Initial review of qualifications by a LAFD panel.
  9. A field investigation is conducted to evaluate the candidate.
  10. Final panel review which includes a possible conditional job offer.
  11. Pass a Psychological Evaluation.
  12. Pass a medical exam and you must be a nonsmoker throughout your career with the Los Angeles City Fire Department.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Firefighter Fitness

Firefighter fitness is not something new in the fire service. Just look at large departments like NYFD and LAFD to see how fitness is an important part of a firefighter’s lifestyle. Captain Michael Stefano of the NYFD has put together an impressive workout book that has helped recruits successfully score high in the CPAT. Every potential firefighter should start training while before an application is submitted and contain that training for the greater part of their life. The CPAT must be successfully completed in less than 10 minutes. However, the faster times usually place an applicant higher on the selection list.

Once you have earned the badge and are part of the Brotherhood, should you stop maintaining your fitness? Whether career, paid-on-call, or volunteer many firefighters are overweight or out of shape and never plan on doing anything about it. Since I was put on my department's recruit committee, I have started putting together proposal to improve the CPAT that applicants go through and how to improve the overall department's level of fitness. Remember, the adrenaline is kicking when you roll up on a residential structure fire at 2 AM. What about during overhaul and breakdown? That's just as important as the initial attack and requires more endurance and a higher level of fitness to safely complete those tasks.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

How to become a Firefighter in Michigan


Click here for City Fire Departments in Michigan

To become a firefighter in the state of Michigan you must receive the Firefighter I/II certification. Some municipalities operate as Public Safety Departments where the police officers are also firefighters. Others operate in the traditional fashion of separate police and fire. Decide which direction is right for you. Several different types of departments exist and are classified as career, volunteer, paid-on-call, and combination. A combination department is made up of paid-on-call and career firefighters.Emergency Medical Services or EMS is now largely integrated into the fire service and many departments require a Michigan EMS license as a Medical First Responder, EMT-B, or a Paramedic.

Difficulty: Moderate


  1. To start earning your firefighter certification you need to be Eighteen years of age or older and member of an organized Michigan Fire Department or a pre-service student registered through a recognized College or University based Regional Training Center.

  2. Determine the minimum requirements for the departments in which you would like to apply.

  3. Most departments require an agility and written test, oral board interview, and a psychological exam.

  4. Apply for the firefighter positions that are available in your desired area and meet your interest level. Most large city hiring are posted and only accept applications for a certain period of time. So start researching early.

  5. Physically and mentally prepare yourself for any agility and written test well in advance. These test are used as a method to shrink the applicants down to a manageable size for interviewing.

  6. Usually the last step is a medical exam and drug screen.

  7. Exercise extreme patience! Fire departments usually receive hundreds of applications for each firefighter opening posted. The entire process is not as quick as a normal job.

Tips & Warnings

  • Fire departments are a paramilitary organization.

  • The psychologist is not your friend.

  • Firefighters are under payed and work long hours.


Sunday, July 19, 2009

Minimum Requirements to become a Houston Fire Fighter

Minimum Requirements to become a Houston Fire Fighter

FIRST, you should determine whether you meet the minimum requirements for a Non-Certified Fire Fighter Trainee academy OR a Certified Fire/EMT Trainee academy?

The following are the minimum requirements for a Non-Certified Firefighter Trainee (FFT):
  • Must be between 19 and 36 years of age
  • Must not reach his/her thirty-sixth (36) birthday before receiving the Oath of Office
  • Completed sixty (60) accredited transferable college hours with a grade of "C" or higher OR Two (2) years of full time (active duty) military service with an honorable discharge
  • Driving Record: No more than two (2) moving violations within the last 36 th months
  • Ability to complete Fire and EMT Academy ; Approximately 38 weeks

The following are the minimum requirements for a Certified FF/EMT (CFF):

  • Must be between 19 and 36 years of age
  • Must not reach his/her thirty-sixth (36) birthday before receiving the Oath of Office
  • Texas Commission of Fire Protection Certification (FIRE) - Basic or Higher
  • Texas Department of State Health Services (EMT) - Basic or Higher
  • Completed fifteen (15) accredited transferable college hours with a grade of "C" or higher OR if you hold a Fire/EMT Certificate from the State of Texas , we will accept your certificates and Course Completions in lieu of the fifteen (15) college hours.
  • Ability to complete FastTrack Academy ; approximately 17 weeks

Taken from Houston Fire Department's Fire Trainee Employment Minimun Requirements

Friday, July 17, 2009

How to become a Firefighter in Kansas


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Sunday, July 12, 2009

How to Become a Firefighter in Indiana

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How to Become a Firefighter in Idaho

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How to Become a Firefighter in New Mexico

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Monday, July 6, 2009

How to pass a Psychological Exam

This day and age many different career fields are resorting to additional screening test to get the most qualified candidate who applied. Applicants applying for a position as a Firefighters, Public Safety Officers, and Police Officers should expect to take a Psychological Exam. Most applicants who fail during the hiring process is during this exam. Most exams are two parts, a written and an interview with a psychologist. There are a few good books to help you prepare, one is Master the Firefighter Exam pictured below. Use the following steps to give you a greater chance to pass the exam.
Do not try to study for the exam by researching commonly used test like the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI). The test is set up to catch people who answer "appearing excessively good" or "faking bad".

The written exam is usually over 500 true or false questions that ask the same questions over and over in different ways. There are question to determine if you are lying, faking, and what your personality is. The sample thing to do on this part of the exam is do not lie! If a question asks you “I never feel like swearing” than you should answer false. Even if you never swear, everyone feels like it at some point in their life. Another

example question, “I read every editorial in the paper”. No one reads every editorial in the paper. Lastly, answer with the first thing that pops into your head. Don’t second guess yourself or think that you’re superhuman.

The interview with a psychologist is the strange part of the exam. You will be in a room with a psychologist who will ask you questions and then take notes while you answer. The psychologist will leave long periods of silence in between your answer and their next question. This is to try to get you to add more information to you answer that could open yourself up to more questions. Only answer the question that was asked and they wait for the next one. Just remember the psychologist is testing you, you may feel very comfortable during the interview which is a trick to open you up. Once again, don’t lie, they know when you do!

Walk out with your head held high knowing you took the exam truthfully and to the best of your ability!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

How to become a Firefighter in Georgia

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How to become a Firefighter in California

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Firefighter Exam Study Guides

The hiring process for most Fire Departments are in full swing right. Many have already closed the application period for accepting applications for Firefighters. If got your application in, congratulation! You have completed the first step. Make sure you start preparing for the hurdles during the remainder of the hiring process. Take the time to study and prepare yourself for every Firefighter exam you with take. Buy some books, take to Firefighters at other departments. My department has completed the application and oral interviews for the 2009 batch of Firefighter Recruits. Next is the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) which if you are not in shape for, it maybe too late, but start training anyway and build up as much strength and endurance as you can.

Smoke Your Firefighter Written Exam goes beyond providing sample questions and answers. It teaches the reader the basic rules and principles behind the questions; in other words, how to solve each complex problem. Each section begins with an overview of how to solve the problems. The reasoning behind the correct answer is presented in clear, easy-to-understand language. The book was written by Paul Lepore who is a Battalion Chief with the City of Long Beach, CA. He entered the fire service as a civilian paramedic for the LA City Fire Dept. in 1985.

Friday, June 19, 2009

How to Become a Firefighter in Minnesota

To become a Firefighter in Minnesota is not an easy task. There are just fewer than 20,000 Firefighters in Minnesota. All Firefighters in Minnesota are professional! The major of the Firefighters are Paid-On-Call or Volunteer with the minority made up of Career Firefighter. Minnesota offers finical assistance to their Fire Departments by providing a Fire Tuition Subsidy Voucher Program to help offset the cost of training.

  1. Before you visit the Fire Department in Minnesota that you would like to apply, check their website for the proper application process. Many departments only accept application during a certain period of time, sometimes only once a year. Just make sure you submit a complete application!
  2. The major of Fire Departments in Minnesota require Firefighter to successfully pass an agility test. For many departments this is test very similar to the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT).
  3. To be a Firefighter in Minnesota you need have Firefighter I and II (NFPA 1001) certificates. Potential Minnesota Firefighters have thirteen Colleges and Universities that offer Firefighter I and II courses. There is a Fire Tuition Subsidy Voucher Program available through the state.
  4. Minnesota Firefighters also serve a medical responders in there coverage areas. There are several different license levels in the Emergency Medical Services. These licenses are regulated by the Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board (EMSRB). Make sure you check the EMSRB's website, there is Training Reimbursement program for the EMT-B program.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

How to Become a Firefighter in Virginia

Firefighters in the Commonwealth of Virginia are not required to be certified. However, most departments require certifications Firefighter I and Firefighter II which include Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations. In addition to those certifications, Basic First Aid and CPR Training are required. Firefighters should also take several online courses from the FEMA Independent Study Program that is available free.

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You'll Need:
  • Minimum age of 18
  • High school diploma of GED
  • No criminal record
  • Excellent Health
  • Valid driver’s license


  1. Fill out an application for the department you would like to be hired by. Applications can usually be found and sometimes completed online.
  2. Take the written exam for Firefighters that test your basic skills and aptitudes.
  3. Successfully completed Physical Ability Test or CPAT. At a minimum, the test will include the following stations: Striking, balance, ladders, hose drag, hoist, stair climb, and dummy drag.
  4. The oral interview and oral board are one of the most important parts of the hiring process. The oral interview will be conducted by the chief. The oral boards will constant or several people that could be from a recruit committee, city employees, firefighters, or even members of the people. Prepare yourself to answer questions that related to difficult situations that you may encounter on and off the job as a firefighter.
  5. There is really no surefire method to prepare for a Psychological Evaluation. Some departments require them and some do not. The evaluation may consist of written true or false and an interview with a psychologist.
  6. The medical exam or physical is usually that last step and after a conditional offer of employment is given to the applicant. Just remember that every Fire Department drug tests as part of this exam!

How to Become a Grand Rapids Firefighter

How to Become a Grand Rapids Firefighter

The Grand Rapids Fire Department is located on the Southwestern side of Michigan. The Department has Firefighters that work on a 24 hour schedule in 11 different firehouse throughout the city. All Firefighters hired by Grand Rapids Fire Department are required to go through the Fire Academy for 16 weeks training.

Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Things You'll Need:

  • 18 Years or older
  • High School diploma or a GED
  • Correctable vision to 20/20


  1. Submit an application for employment through the City of Grand Rapids for the position of Firefighter. The city only accepts applications when there are vacancies to fill.
  2. Next is the civil service test. You must receive a qualifying score to continue in the hiring process.
  3. The physical agility test is a timed test of job related tasks that must be completed in 10 minutes. Rescreach the Firefighter Candidate Physical Ability Test or CPAT to prepare yourself for this test.
  4. Applicants who pass both previous tests will advance to the oral interview.
  5. A complete background check is completed after the interviewing process.
  6. A physical entrance exam which is medical in nature is the last step before an offer of employment is given.


Monday, May 18, 2009

How to Become a Houston Firefighter

The Houston Fire Department has a straight forward recruiting process that is very common for a large city. There are minimum requirements that must be met in order to start the recruitment process. Once the process has started, as step that is failed by an applicant the process discontinued and employment will be denied. Make sure you properly prepare for each step.

Things You'll Need:
  • Be between 19 and 36 years old

  • Completed sixty (60) accredited college hours

  • Valid Driving Record with no more than (2) violations within the last 33 years

  • Complete Fire and EMT Academy in less than a year


  1. Complete an application. You will need three copies of your drivers license, social security card, and birth certificate. Two current passport photos, sealed official transcripts from each college attended, current Health Care Provider CPR card, and certificates of disposition for all driving and violations. Immunization records must also be submitted.

  2. Sign up and take the Civil Service Exam. At a minimum, the Houston Fire Department hosts two exams per year. Make sure you study to ensure you score in the highest percentile.

  3. The physical ability test that the Houston Fire Department uses is a job-related test called the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT).

  4. You must satisfactorily pass a polygraph examination as part of a detailed background investigation. All information submitted on the application will be confirmed and verified. Finger prints are required as part of this exam.

  5. Once you receive a conditional job offer you will need to take a medical exam and drug test. The NFPA 1582 standard medical exam & illegal drugs screen is used by the department.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

How to Become an Orlando Firefighter

The Orlando Fire Department has gained a Class 1 ISO rating which puts the department in the top one tenth of 1% of all the fire departments in the United States. Becoming a Firefighter for the City of Orlando is no easy task. However, the pay, benefits, and the rewarding nature of the job more the makes up for the recruitment process. If the City of Orlando has no open Firefighter positions posted, fill out and submit an interest card.

  1. Get Firefighter Certification from the Florida State Fire College. Getting this training in Florida is a requirement unless you challenge the state test.
  2. Get an EMT-B or Paramedic Certification from the Florida Bureau of EMS. This can take anywhere from 1 to 2 years to earn the certification.
  3. Complete the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT). Make sure you prepare yourself months before the test to earn the highest score possible.
  4. Submit an application of employment through the City of Orlando. The city only accepts application for open posted positions. You can be notified of future firefighter positions by completing an Interest Card.
  5. Pass a background investigation that includes a polygraph exam. Remember this step, because notes can be taken during your interviews and compared with answers from you polygraph.
  6. Pass a medical exam and drug screening test.


  • Contact the City of Orlando Civil Service at (407) 246-2215 for general firefighter recruitment questions.
  • Out-of-state certifications, national certifications, and reciprocity are not accepted by the City of Orlando

Friday, May 15, 2009

How to Become a Boston Firefighter

The City of Boston uses a list provided by the state of Massachusetts to select applicants to be hired as Boston Firefighters. The list is created from the results of a statewide basic aptitude test that is held every two years at various locations within Massachusetts. There are several qualifications that must be met at the time of the test. For example, there is a minimum and maximum age and residency requirement.

Things You'll Need:
  • Be between 19 and 32 years of age.
  • Be a resident of Boston for 1 year before the test.


  1. Fill out an application from the Massachusetts Civil Service website, link provided. For additional information contact the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Human Resources Division.
  2. Successfully complete a written Firefighter test. The written test a general firefighter test.
  3. Pass the Physical Ability Test by preparing well before you submit your application. The test that the Boston Fire Department uses is from the state level. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Human Resources Department has put together a very helpful preparation guide for the test. The link is at the bottom of this page.
  4. Pass a background screening and character investigation. Be truthful when filling any background forms. It is better to explain a past problem instead of them bringing it to you.
  5. Submit to a medical exam and meet the required fitness level. Any vaccines offered by the department should be taken.
  6. Ensure you have a valid driver’s license issued by Massachusetts is required.
  7. Start your new career!


  • Veteran and Active Duty Military applicants can add up to 4 years to the maximum 32 years old age limit for time served


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

How to Become a Cincinnati Firefighter

The City of Cincinnati has a detailed process to select the sworn fire personnel that protect the city. The Firefighters that the city recruits are qualified applicants made up of a diverse group of people. The Cincinnati Fire Department invests heavily in the recruiting process for Firefighters. The Department uses several different methods to screen applicants through exams, tests, and interviews.

Things you need:

  • 18 Years or older

  • Valid driver’s license

  • High school diploma

  • US citizenship

  • Excellent physical condition


  1. To be considered for employment as a Cincinnati Firefighter every candidate must complete an application with the City of Cincinnati. Complete the application online and only when the city is accepting applications for Firefighters.

  2. Successfully complete a written exam. Only the top scorers will be asked to continue with the hiring process.

  3. Complete the physical ability test. The test will be conducted by City Human Resources and Fire Department personnel. The test is pass/fail. Applicants must pass to continue with the hiring process.

  4. An Oral Board will be conducted.

  5. Successfully complete a background and polygraph examination.

  6. Once a contingent offer is giving to an applicant, they applicant must pass a physical and drug screen.

  7. Fire recruits will complete 24 weeks of paid training by the department.

  8. All fire recruits must complete one year as a probationary firefighter.


  • Fire recruit salary is $34,000 a year and the Firefighter salary is between $45,000 and $57,000 a year.

  • Apply online and only once. You do need an email to get your confirmation page and application id number.

  • Military service credits are given only to Ohio residents for honorable service.


Thursday, May 7, 2009

How to become a Firefighter in Michigan

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

How to Become a Phoenix Firefighter

The City of Phoenix uses a well refined recruitment process used to hire Firefighters. The Phoenix Fire Department only accepts applications during an open recruitment period which only happens once a year for only 5 days. Once an application is submitted several steps must be successfully completed to continue the recruitment process. Scoring high on the testing and oral interviews is the only way to get your name on the eligibility list that is used to select Firefighters.

Things You'll Need:
  • 18 years or older
  • Valid Driver’s License


  1. Complete and submit an application for employment with the City of Phoenix.
  2. Study, take, and score the highest possible on the written test. Use the study guide that is given out when an application is submitted.
  3. Get your name onto the "Applicant Eligibilty List". The list is made up from the applicants who successfully complete the written test.
  4. Work on your interviewing skills and sit for the first oral board interview. Only appilcants who pass the first interview will invited back for the second. The questions asked at the first interview will be made availible to the appilcant 15 minutes before the interview.
  5. The second interview will require you to show proof of an EMT-B Liscense and successful completion of a Candidate Physical Ability Test(CPAT) within the last year.
  6. Sucessfully complete a comprehensive background investigation.
  7. Pass a medical examination, fitness exam, and pre-employment drug screening.


  • The Phoenix Fire Department has a residency requirement that must be met within 2 years of employment.
  • No tobbacco use of any form.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

How to become a Las Vegas Firefighter


To get a job as a Firefighter for the fabulous city of Las Vegas is no easy task. Like most major cities, there is a strict detailed process that most be followed. First off, the Las Vegas Fire & Rescue only offers testing opportunity every two years. The results for that testing will generate a list of prospective candidates and will be utilized for candidate selection for a two-year period.

Minimum qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED

  • Current Valid Driver’s License

  • Must be 18 years old

  • EMT-Basic certification


  1. Submit a completed application per the rules for the position of firefighter trainee. Applications can be picked up in person or downloaded. Do not fax a completed appilcation to the department.

  2. Take the written examination and score 90% or better to advance to the the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT). The CPAT is a pass or fail test.

  3. Only the most qualified candidates will advance after the CPAT. The next phase is an Oral Interview.

  4. After the Oral Interview the department will perform a Criminal and Personal Background Check.

  5. Next will be a "Suitability Assessment" or basically a psychological exam. This is the phase that usually washes out the most candidates! Answer each question truthfully. Only answer the question that is asked. Do not volunteer more information than you need to answer the question.

  6. Once you are offered a job, you only need to pass a Medical Exam.


  • Bring $15 cash with you when you take your written examination.

  • If you live in the local area you MUST deliver your application in person.

Monday, April 20, 2009

How to become a Firefighter in New Hampshire

Just like in most states, in New Hampshire, there are three categories of firefighters; volunteer, paid-on-call, and permanent. The volunteer and paid-on-call departments make up around 80% of the fire departments whereas permanent or career departments make up the 20%.Like many other careers, applicants with the training and certifications that directly related to a firefighter often increase your employability.

  1. Determine the minimum requirements for the departments in which you would like to apply. Starting off as a volunteer or a paid-on-call firefighter is a great way to gain experience and training at little cost.
  2. Receive training in fire fighting and in Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
  3. Sign up for the statewide entrance exam that is offered annually in the fall. You need to sign up for this exam in March. The results from this exam are used to create a list of qualified individuals for New Hampshire Fire Departments to select from.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

How to become a Firefighter in Nevada

So you want to be a Firefighter in the state that is home to Sin City, Nevada! In Nevada there are six levels of certification for Firefighters. They are: Nevada Entry Level Firefighter, Nevada Firefighter I, Nevada Firefighter II, NFPA Firefighter I, NFPA Firefighter II, and NFPA Airport Firefighter. All are based off NFPA 1001-2002. To start off you need to get hired into a department that will send you through your fire and medical training or you need to pay for the training yourself.
  1. Like most states, Nevada operates with paid and volunteer firefighters. Starting off as a volunteer or paid-on-call is a great starting point. Stop in and fill out an application.
  2. Submit to a Background check.
  3. Take the written examination and Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT).
  4. Take your oral board interviews with members of the department.
  5. Pass a thorough pre-employment medical examination and drug screening. Some departments do not accept applicants with tobacco use. Even smokeless!
  6. If you have no fire service training you will be sent through an academy. After completing the academy. You will have practical Skill stations and written examinations to complete to earn your certification. If you have training as a Firefighter. The department you are trying to join will prefer a Verification of Successful Completion of your Firefighter Practical Skills.
  7. Receive the required medical certifications like CPR, AED, First Aid, and EMT-B license.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

How to become a Firefighter in Kentucky


Firefighters in Kentucky are IFSAC accredited at a Firefighter I or II level. To start as a Firefighter you must be a member of a Fire Department in Kentucky or a full-time student at EKU or KCTCS in the Fire Science Program. Once you become a Firefighter in Kentucky you must go through a re-accreditation process every 5 years to maintain your IFSAC accreditation.

Things You'll Need:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent

  • Valid Drivers License

  • Must be at least 18 years of age

  1. Apply for a job with a full-time or volunteer fire department. Try to find medical training in EMS to help your chances of being hired. Also, find the minimum requirements for the departments when you apply.

  2. Complete the recruitment process for the department you applied for. Physically and mentally prepare yourself for this process. Most Fire Departments require agility and written tests as part of the hiring process. The results from the tests are used to shrink the applicants down before interviewing.

  3. Most Fire Departments in Kentucky require certification at a IFSAC Firefighter 1 and 2 level. Obtain this certification to keep your job.


  • Additional certifications in Technical Rescue like Swift water, Rope, Trench, Confined Space, and Structural Collapse.

  • Current certification as a EMT or Paramedic is a sure way to boost your spot on the eligibility list.

Monday, January 26, 2009

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

How to become a Firefighter in Nevada

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How to become a Firefighter in Texas

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

How to become a Firefighter in Massachusetts

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

How to become a Firefighter in Ohio

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

CPAT Video from the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department

The link below has several videos from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue that detail preparing, taking, and understanding the CPAT. Take the time a watch all the videos.

Miami Dade Fire Rescue CPAT Videos

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

How to become a Firefighter in Florida

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Monday, January 5, 2009

How become a Firefighter in Arizona

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Thursday, January 1, 2009

How to become a Firefighter in New Hampshire

Fire Departments by Cities
  • Concord Fire Department

  • Manchester Fire Department
How to become a Firefighter in Kentucky

Fire Departments by Cities

  • Louisville Fire Department

  • Lexington Fire Department



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