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.

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