Hey gang. Here’s another 5 tips to help you become a firefighter. Take note of these and you could increase your chances to landing a career in the fire service.
1. Take responsibility
No one likes someone on their team who lacks personal responsibility. You must hold yourself to high standards and not blame others for your mistakes. You need to learn from mistakes and not repeat a second time. When you are on the job simple mistakes can cost lives. You need to remember, to become a firefighter others are depending on you to do your job. You need to be able to follow directions as instructed , if you don’t like to follow orders from higher up, the fire service may not be for you.
2. Understand the interview
Congratulations, you’ve passed the written exam and selected for an interview. Make sure to prepare for your interview. A candidate can have a stellar resume and still not get offered the position because they failed to connect with the hiring board. The interview is your chance to standout from the pool. The best way to prepare is understand what type of questions they may be asking. The board is trying to find out who you are as a person. Types of questions vary and not all boards will ask the same question. Most start off as telling about yourself and why you want to become a firefighter. They can then follow with situational questions regarding morals, legal issues, ethics, and interpersonal conflicts. The hiring board does not want to hear canned responses. They want to hear answers that are well thought, confident, and truthful. As this is a very important topic, we will have more posts in the future.
3. Visit your local fire station
Visiting your local fire station will give you an idea of what its like to become a firefighter. You should strive to make a good first impression when you walk through the door. Make sure to dress appropriately and ready to ask the right questions. Leaving a bad first impression with local staff can be relayed back to the fire chief or hiring board and ruin your chances. Some good questions to ask would be:
Is there a probation period?
What desired qualifications is the department looking for?
What makes a good candidate?
What did you do to get hired?
What’s important to the hiring board and fire chief?
Listen closely to their answers and make sure to ask additional questions based on their answers. This will let them know that you understand and provide positive feedback.
4. Hang out with the right crowd
You’ve heard the saying, “Birds of the same feather, flock together”. All fire departments work diligently to earn the trust and respect of the local public. The fire department does not want to jeopardize their reputation because you felt like getting drunk and causing a fight at the local bar or hear that your hanging out with a bunch friends who like to smoke pot on the weekends, even though you didn’t smoke it. The fire department does not need controversy. Make sure to choose your friends wisely. Enough said.
5. Be the person the fire department wants in their family
Don’t be the black sheep. You are going to be spending your career working 24-48 hour shifts with your fire service family and brothers. The fire department wants someone that is trusted, respectful, and responsible. We are all unique and we need to express and highlight POSITIVE traits and skills. There is no room for black sheep and NEGATIVITY in the family.