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    Default Other steps to help me get hired in the Fire Service

    I'm sure most of you get this a lot, asking for tips to get hired in the Fire Service, I just need to know small extra things that will help me out. I currently am 20, and have been on my Volunteer Department for 4 years now(we had a cadet program). During those years I have attained multiple training courses that are required for most Fire Departments. Here is a little resume:

    I have the current state qualifications:
    -Firefighter II
    -Firefighter III
    -FSVO
    -TRA
    -Hazmat Technician
    -Instructor I
    -Provisional FO1

    I also currently have my EMT-B, and I take my EMT-P test in 2 weeks. Most people around here tell me that paramedic is the golden ticket which I agree with, and that is why I am about ready to test to receive that license.

    I do have some good fire and ems experience right now.

    One thing I can say I don't have is testing skills which I am working on. I just took my first fire test at Springfield about a month ago, and I was in the top 100(band 3) which I guess isn't too bad for the first time.

    I am currently 6 classes away from getting my Associates in Fire Science also. I do know 2 different languages as well.

    If anyone has any tips or anything please let me know.

    Thank you for your time.
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    Test Test test test test

    And seek capt bob guidance

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    You're "resume" looks really good. Excellent choice on pursuing your medic license. You're young, so that doesn't really help. But that will change as you get older. Also, the only serious advice I could offer is to keep your record clean. Don't do ANYTHING stupid that gets you in trouble with the law. I mean.....don't do ANYTHING!! Drinking and driving, turfing lawns, toiler papering some trees. Nothing.

    That's the number 1 killer of most of our applicants. Oh, and keep a clean credit history. That's another killer.

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    I've got to say you have a very impressive resume so far. Very good work, you're on the right track with the Paramedic cert. Good luck.
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    Keep testing and finish your degree. Keep your nose clean.

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    if you are able to and want to move look at other states also

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    Two things stood out to me on your long resume. Your P and knowing other languages. Your P will allow you to test anywhere you want as lots of depts are making this a requirement and also few depts will give you preference points for knowing another language. Who doesn't like 5 or 10 pts added to your score, right? Don't get me wrong, the other stuff is good to. I'm just pointing out what caught my eye and will open up a lot of opportunities for you. I varies from state to state (and even dept to dept) though.

    Like others have said, just continue to test, test, test and maybe get a few study guides to see where your weaknesses are to get your written scores up.

    You're on the right track.

    Good luck!
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    Thank you for all of the replies, I just took my first test about a month ago(Springfield Fire, IL). I don't think I did too bad. I was in band 4, which means I was in the top 150 out of about 1,000. I can't complain. I just took my state test for my paramedic the other day waiting on the results. Now I have a fire department test coming up were I would love to get on(Elgin, IL).

    Again, thank you for all of your pointers. I'll let you guys know my test results when I find out.
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    You are clearly on the right track. Good, solid fire experience will bolster your resume. Also, mechanical ability is frequently lacking in young candidates who have spent a lot of time in school. If you don't already, learn to change the oil in your car. Change the brakes. Help a friend who is changing out his engine or transmission. Learn how to hang drywall. Anything to help you with the mechanical side of the job.
    Good luck!

    PS, most importantly, learn how to take a FIRE department interview....
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    Get Chief Lepore's book "Smoke Your Firefighter Interview" - helped me immensely! Thanks DC Lepore for such a comprehensive book.

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    Thank you for the advice, I have looked at the website, and it is a HUGE help.

    Also, just found out that I passed my paramedic! I feel pretty good about myself.
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    if you are not married or even if you are, and can move, come on down to Texas:::

    they like paramedics
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    Ditto to what everyone has said about keeping your nose clean.

    Clean up or dump your facebook/myspace account.

    Stay off of youtube.

    Good luck.

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    I know this post was from almost 2 1/2 years ago... But I am very happy to announce that I have finally landed my career job!

    I have accepted a job with the Peoria Fire Department in IL. I couldn't be happier!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JuniorAFPD View Post
    I know this post was from almost 2 1/2 years ago... But I am very happy to announce that I have finally landed my career job!

    I have accepted a job with the Peoria Fire Department in IL. I couldn't be happier!


    Congrats

    Only took a few days

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    Congratulations on your success! Best of luck in your new career.

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    Keep your head down and your mouth shut. God gave you two ears and one mouth. You should do twice as much listening as talking.
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    Thanks for checking in, unlike some kids that up and leave home and never call or write.
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