Steve Prziborowski

Steve Prziborowski has over 20 years of fire service experience, currently serving as a deputy chief for the Santa Clara County Fire Department in Los Gatos, CA, where he has worked since 1995. Steve is also an instructor for the Fire Technology Program at Chabot College in Hayward, CA, where he has been instructing fire technology and EMS classes since 1993. Steve was named the 2008 California Fire Instructor of the Year and is a former president of the Northern California Training Officers Association.

Steve is a state-certified chief officer and master instructor, has earned a master's degree in Emergency Services Administration, a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, and an associate's degree in Fire Technology. Steve has completed the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy, and has received Chief Fire Officer Designation through the Commission on Professional Credentialing.

Steve is a contributing editor to, a regular speaker and presenter at fire service events and conferences across the country such as Firehouse World and Firehouse Expo, and has authored numerous articles in the leading fire service publications such as Firehouse Magazine. 
Steve recently published three books: "How to Excel at Fire Department Promotional Exams," "Reach for the Firefighter Badge," and "The Future Firefighter's Preparation Guide," all of which are available on his websites below.

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What You Need to Know About Firefighter Exams in Other States

Five Reasons Social Media Keeps You From Getting Hired

Five Reasons Social Media Keeps You From Getting Hired

The 'Future Firefighter Experience' At Firehouse World

The 'Future Firefighter Experience' At Firehouse World

The Two Main Reasons People Fail

Community Service Gives Future Firefighters an Edge

What Are 'They' Looking For During an Oral Interview

Ethical Decision Making During Your Fire Service Career

Fire Service Networking & Building Relationships

Rapid Intervention from East to West

Rapid Intervention from East to West

Bolstering Mechanical Skills for the Entry-level Firefighter

Tips to Smoke the Fireground Simulation Exercise

What Have You Done for Me Lately?

Why Candidates Fail Simulation Exercises

Residency Requirements for New Fire Department Hires

The Fire Service Resume: Why Haven't I Been Hired Yet?

The Leader's Toolbox: Keys to Passing the Promotional Exam

The Leader's Toolbox: Keys to Passing the Promotional Exam

Fifteen Ways to Create a Better Entry-level Resume

Your Job Application Was Not Accepted?

Working on a Private Ambulance Out of a Fire Station?

What Every "Route" Company Officer Needs To Know

Becoming a Volunteer Firefighter Can Offer Valuable Experience

Making the Right Impression on your Fire Station Visit

The Firefighting Career: Do You Really Know What You're Getting Into?

Are You The "Best Fit" For The Fire Department?

Basic Necessities when Testing for the Position of Firefighter