Wednesday, July 22, 2009

How to become a Firefighter in Michigan

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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

Steps:

  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.

Resources

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Minimum Requirements to become a Houston Fire Fighter

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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

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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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