Avoiding Common Fire Academy Pitfalls

Recruits can be let go in the final weeks of the academy when they can't master basic skills.


It's tough enough to get a fire job. It can be tougher keeping it! The purpose of this article is to keep you from repeating the errors others have made keeping them from getting through the academy and gaining their badge pinned from a loved one at graduation. Just because you passed the physical...


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Even though this candidate had been through two academies, he starts having trouble with ladder throws. He has done this successfully 100's of times. But, now he starts doing a mind screw on himself. It gets worse. He is counseled. Then again. Result: Booted from the academy. The good news is we worked with this candidate, regrouped, he got in better shape, worked out a reasonable explanation, accepting the blame, why it happened and would never happen again. He was picked up by another agency and is wearing a badge. Another recruit knew he had to lose weight for the academy. He did not reach his goal. His weight caught up with him trying to hump hose up the tower with a SCBA. Result: Got his marching orders because he didn't have the wind to complete this tough academy. Good news again. Regrouped, lost the weight and convinced a department with an easier academy he would be an asset.

Trying to come back and rejoin this candidate's academy too early after a drill tower accident only made the injury worse. When the recruit could not keep up and refused to accept the opportunity to go through the next academy was let go. Another one of those, why didn't you call me first beauties. Even a lawsuit did not regain a chance at a badge. A candidate did call me when he was having problems repelling off the tower. He would get upside down just before the net. A little mind drill exercise corrected the problem.

Getting through the academy and on line:

Captain Bob, Captain Rob
I am writing to inform you that I am a probationary Firefighter for a dream Fire Department and am relaxing at home on my first 4-day off. I worked hard, begged and borrowed for over five years in order to get a badge and not until I followed your instructions (tape recorder, video taping, and writing down my script) and got some coaching from Captain Rob did everything come together. Not only did I get this job, but I had to turn down some (4 to be exact) Chief's interviews during the academy from other fire departments. Please add me to the long list of people who have received a badge because of your help. I thank you and my family thanks you. You and Rob helped me with my preparation and direction going into my oral interviews. As I mentioned, not only did I get a job, I made it to the chief's interview every test that I took afterwards. Now I get to live the dream.
Respectfully, Fernando

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Fire "Captain Bob" Author of Becoming A Firefighter, Conquer Fire Department Oral Boards, and It's Your Turn in the Hot Seat! www.eatstress.com