Any firefighters on here? I need your advice!!!

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    May 21, 2012 9:46 PM GMT
    Over the course of the last couple of months i've applied for an entry level firefighting position that requires little or no experience in the field. I have passed the written exam and the physical ability exam. Now I am at the point of the oral board interview. The one question that I fear is a question about my experience in the firefighting field. I fear this question because I have no experience. Do any of you have any advice on how I should answer this question without jeopardizing points?
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    May 21, 2012 9:47 PM GMT
    Tell them you have lots of experience with firefighters because you bought a calendar of them shirtless once.
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    May 21, 2012 10:05 PM GMT
    Just do your best and have a positive outlook. My cousin couldn't find a firefighting job in California so he had to get one in Georgia. Heard it is hard getting a job period.
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    May 21, 2012 11:14 PM GMT
    Just be honest, really! Seriously anyone interviewing you will know at your age you are not going to have experience. They will be looking for commitment and your ability to take on new tasks. Just be yourself, tell them yo love learning and facing new challenges.
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    May 22, 2012 12:10 AM GMT
    ozondamove saidJust be honest, really! Seriously anyone interviewing you will know at your age you are not going to have experience. They will be looking for commitment and your ability to take on new tasks. Just be yourself, tell them yo love learning and facing new challenges.


    Im gonna go with this.

    Also, being young gives you a lot of drive and energy, use that to your advantage for the interview.
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    May 22, 2012 12:14 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidTell them you have lots of experience with firefighters because you bought a calendar of them shirtless once.


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    May 22, 2012 12:24 AM GMT
    jlancaster89 saidOver the course of the last couple of months i've applied for an entry level firefighting position that requires little or no experience in the field. I have passed the written exam and the physical ability exam. Now I am at the point of the oral board interview. The one question that I fear is a question about my experience in the firefighting field. I fear this question because I have no experience. Do any of you have any advice on how I should answer this question without jeopardizing points?


    From experience, as a level 3 firefighter and 10 years of service, it is best to be honest my friend. Going in front of the white shirts and gold bugles can be very intimidating and they will be able to tell if you are bluffing.

    The most important questions you will need to know the answers to are what is your work history, why do you what to be a firefighter, and how do you think you can be a benefit to the city and the department. These are questions that you better be prepared for since you do not have experience which should not be an issue since they are requiring little or no experience. These departments are usually large enough to put their new hires through a rookie school so that they are trained the way that they want them to perform. Sometimes experience kills an applicants chances especially if the applicant comes off cocky or gives the impression that he knows it all.
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    May 22, 2012 1:53 AM GMT
    Also, think of how your education and work experience has prepared you for becoming a firefighter. So no, you don't have any previous experience as a firefighter. But I'm sure you do have experience working in teams, experiencing working under pressure, experience making quick decisions, etc.

    I think most city jobs are in high demand right now and competition is tough. If you don't pass the interview, then don't let it get you down. Just take it as a learning experience, and do better on the next one. Good luck! icon_cool.gif
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    May 22, 2012 1:56 AM GMT
    Does anyone actually read what Chizzad writes or do we all just view his profile and dream an impossible dream?
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    May 22, 2012 1:57 AM GMT
    I was sure the OP was going to be, "My kitchen's on fire. What should I do?"
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    May 22, 2012 1:57 AM GMT
    dustin_K_tx saidDoes anyone actually read what Chizzad writes or do we all just view his profile and dream an impossible dream?


    I read and drool, icon_lol.gif
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    May 22, 2012 2:07 AM GMT
    dustin_K_tx saidDoes anyone actually read what Chizzad writes or do we all just view his profile and dream an impossible dream?


    I read it.



    and had a mini-fantasy in my head



    and now wondering why we are talking about him as if he were never in this thread.


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    May 22, 2012 2:11 AM GMT
    some sound advice on this thread especially from Chizzad...
    if you have any other questions though one of my brothers is a career-firefighter and has been for 8 years. You can relay them through me and I can get some answers for ya.

    Good luck!
  • Webster666

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    May 22, 2012 4:15 AM GMT
    I asked an internet friend, who's a Canadian fire fighter, where new hires get training and experience.

    Depends where.
    Volunteer departments train on the job.
    City have their own training.
    In US, with cuts, they may get him to pay at an approved school.
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    May 22, 2012 4:33 AM GMT
    xrichx saidThink of how your education and work experience has prepared you for becoming a firefighter. So you don't have any previous experience as a firefighter. But I'm sure you do have experience working in teams, experience working under pressure, experience making quick decisions, etc.

    I think most city jobs are in high demand right now and competition is tough. If you don't pass the interview, then don't let it get you down. Just take it as a learning experience, and do better on the next one. Good luck! icon_cool.gif


    Good advise here. As someone who used to be part of these panels interviewing firefighter wanna be's we were looking for people who could fit in, be part of a team, follow instructions but have a brain as well. Be confidant but not cocky, be self assured but not arrogant.

    And as said, don't give up. Don't let being unsuccessful 1 time get you down, take another course, find a relevant way to enhance your experience and get back in there and give it another go.

    Good luck icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 22, 2012 4:40 AM GMT
    Webster666 said.

    Depends where.
    Volunteer departments train on the job.
    City have their own training.
    In US, with cuts, they may get him to pay at an approved school.


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    you should consider a small town volunteer fire department--




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    May 23, 2012 10:52 PM GMT
    Alright guys, so I had my oral board interview today. They only asked me like 10 questions. I don't think I did too hot because I kinda stumbled on words and had pauses in my speech. However, one of the board members who interviewed me told me I did really good as she was walking me back to the lobby. Is that a good sign or do you think she says that to everyone?
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    May 23, 2012 11:01 PM GMT
    jlancaster89 saidAlright guys, so I had my oral board interview today. They only asked me like 10 questions. I don't think I did too hot because I kinda stumbled on words and had pauses in my speech. However, one of the board members who interviewed me told me I did really good as she was walking me back to the lobby. Is that a good sign or do you think she says that to everyone?


    That's great, everyone who is interviewing understands that you will be nervous, and may stumble over your words. Dont be too hard on yourself. A mentor of mine years ago told me not to think of it as an interview and think instead that its a meeting.
    It can be very intimidating for younger people to walk into a room of older professionals particularly institutionalised organisations. They know that, and although you may need to perform under huge stress in the job you are applying for as long as you answer clearly, have decent responses and seem to be able to fit with the organisation they will be happy.
    Let us know how you go mate, I worked with many fireys in Sydney for a long time at Events, they are just such great guys, handsome and sweet and so damn fit,
    Good luck
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    May 26, 2012 4:02 AM GMT
    northoz said
    jlancaster89 saidAlright guys, so I had my oral board interview today. They only asked me like 10 questions. I don't think I did too hot because I kinda stumbled on words and had pauses in my speech. However, one of the board members who interviewed me told me I did really good as she was walking me back to the lobby. Is that a good sign or do you think she says that to everyone?


    That's great, everyone who is interviewing understands that you will be nervous, and may stumble over your words. Dont be too hard on yourself. A mentor of mine years ago told me not to think of it as an interview and think instead that its a meeting.
    It can be very intimidating for younger people to walk into a room of older professionals particularly institutionalised organisations. They know that, and although you may need to perform under huge stress in the job you are applying for as long as you answer clearly, have decent responses and seem to be able to fit with the organisation they will be happy.
    Let us know how you go mate, I worked with many fireys in Sydney for a long time at Events, they are just such great guys, handsome and sweet and so damn fit,
    Good luck


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    May 26, 2012 4:10 AM GMT
    Be honest.

    And, consider providing a probono professional services contribution with a volunteer fire department in order to get real world experience on your resume while you seek out a full time paying position.

    Also, fire season has started early here in California. Be ready and able, and you may have the opportunity to get real world experience.

    Know your ICS too.
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    Jun 28, 2012 1:13 AM GMT
    Not trying to jack a thread but thanks for the compliments guys!
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    Jun 28, 2012 1:22 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidTell them you have lots of experience with firefighters because you bought a calendar of them shirtless once.


    This works best if you bring the calendar with you when you apply.
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    Jun 28, 2012 1:22 AM GMT
    Chizzad saidNot trying to jack a thread but thanks for the compliments guys!


    Omg!....just one of the hottest guys on RJ....jack the thread all you want.....
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    Jun 28, 2012 1:25 AM GMT
    Haha thanks but I'm just a man like everyone else on this site. Looks only get you so far which means be as kind and sweet as possible to everyone.
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    Jul 25, 2012 10:53 PM GMT
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