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  • It is possible that a first interview will take place over the phone. Then, if the phone interview is successful, you will be invited for a face-to-face interview. Fire departments have started to use phone interviews as an initial employment screening technique for a variety of reasons. First, they save…

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  • Before the interview Do • In case you have to clarify a section of your resumé, make sure you know it inside-out so you can answer a question without hesitating. • Do thorough research. Make sure you have important information about the fire department, including its fundraising efforts and community…

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  • Research It is vital to take the time before your interview to research general facts about the city and the fire department. Obtaining this information greatly improves your chances of having a successful interview.

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  • Fire departments use interviews to help determine which applicants have the personality and characteristics they’re seeking. Interviews are not intended to verify the skill level of the applicant. Generally, your accomplishments, such as fire experience, education and work experience, are the reasons why you were invited for an interview. The…

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  • A cover letter should always accompany your resumé and is used whenever mailing, e-mailing, faxing or personally delivering your resumé. You can submit your resumé and cover letter to a fire department whether or not they are actively recruiting.

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  • There is only one purpose of your resumé: to convince the fire department to give you an interview. A resumé is an advertisement; nothing more, nothing less. A great resumé doesn’t just tell the fire department what you’ve accomplished, but makes the same assertion that all good advertisements do: if…

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  • Once a fire department announces it will be recruiting probationary firefighters, your first step is to pick up an application package. If you haven’t actually seen the announcement, make sure you find and read a copy of it. Be sure to check the fire department’s website because there may be…

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  • Fire department recruitment processes vary from department to department. Each department has the authority to establish the measures to be taken and the minimum qualifications and standards required to find the best applicants. Recruitment processes can be long and complicated or short and simple. The objective of a fire department…

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  • Sometimes the hardest thing about working out is actually making it to the gym. We’d all prefer to be in shape, and certainly fire fighting requires it. Very few careers require the strength, stamina and bravery on such short notice that fire fighting does. At the sound of an alarm,…

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  • Fire fighting is one of the most physically demanding professions. Firefighters require high levels of physical fitness to perform all fire ground operations, and must maintain a healthy body core temperature, blood pressure and heart rate when exposed to a hot environment for a sustained period of time. Fire departments…

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