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Becoming a Firefighter - Recruitment
18:52, 2009-Apr-21

Becoming a Firefighter - Recruitment

How to become a FireFighter - Recruitment.
Good afternoon to you all,

Welcome back to Firefighting UK | Firefighter Diary and the personal diary of Firefighter X.

Today i have decided to devote my posting to people who are looking for advice, tips, information and general help on recruitment and the selection process. Installed on my blog, i have a stat counter that tells me many things about what you the readers, look at in my diary. Things like how long you were at my site for and what words you typed into your browser to find my site in the first place etc.

Well, it turns out that hundreds of you are searching for information on recruitment. Why you would want to do this for a living I'll never know! (lol)
With this is mind, i am going to cater for your needs, by posting an article i have spent the last two days writing. I hope you all find it useful and that you find it beneficial in your quest to join the Fire Service.
Becoming a Firefighter

How to become a Firefighter

I have written this page in order to assist would-be firefighters learn more about being a firefighter, and prepare themselves for the job and the selection/recruitment process.

The most recent changes in UK Firefighting
The fire service has changed a great deal in the last forty or fifty years. If you were a firefighter in the 1960's or 1970's, your job usually consisted mostly of cleaning and taking care of the fire engines and the station and, when there was a fire, going out to it and putting it out. Your Personal protective gear -- probably a canvas or rubber coat, knee length boots, yellow rubber trousers and a heavy helmet with no eye protection -- would now be considered primitive and completely unsafe. Infact it would probably breach every Health and Safety Law in existance.
You probably had nothing to protect your lungs from the smoke and heat of a fire; coughing and choking on poisonous and toxic fumes. The majority of the time, throwing up afterwards, were just part of being a good, tough firefighter. Overall concern for the health and fitness of firefighters was extremely basic(Replica Panerai). If anyone exercised on duty, it was either because they were extremely bored, or they had some sort of personal fetish to be stronger. There wasn't much in the way of gym equipment either. Usually, the only thing you would find to use, would be a set of weights that somebody had brought in from home. I still refer to this period as the good old days.
Other than fire fighting and, in some places, staffing ambulances, you performed few community services. Most firefighters had a normal schooling and, specialized fire service educations were completely unheard of. Promotion to officers' and chiefs' positions came largely through seniority or through tests that measured your overall ability to memorize pages from designated text books and pass a multiple-choice test based on that information.
By the 21st Century, almost all of this had changed. Firefighters in most Fire Stations now take part in public education, fire inspections, and other forms of community activities. All Fire Service personnel, provide emergency medical response at the basic level. Firefighters are trained to handle hazardous materials ("hazmat") incidents, and technical rescues(USAR). Arson investigation, Legislation enforcement and Fire Safety education often form separate departments within the Fire Service. A wide range of community-service careers has replaced the limited choices of generations ago.

The field itself has become increasingly professional. Fire Stations, colleges and specialized training programs provide ongoing education in command and management skills for Officers and the Top Brass. Promotions in many Brigades are based on the employee's performance in a promotional assessment centre instead of, or in addition to, more traditional types of tests and interviews. The winds of change are here now and things have certainly changed.

Gradually, in most places, as firefighter pay has improved and the educational background of personnel has increased, such traditions have yielded to more enlightened management, and professional standards have now replaced cultural norms that we came to expect in the fire service. Firefighters are now expected to behave like responsible public employees during their time on duty, and to treat the fire station like the workplace it is Zenith Watch.

Organizational change happens slowly and unevenly. As might be expected, some Fire Brigades have come farther than others; many have yet to make many of the changes mentioned above. On most watches on a Fire Station, the most senior firefighters -- those with more time in the job -- were brought up the old way, and may or may not have adapted well to change. This resistance can cause conflict and resentment. Those who represent change, such as women firefighters, sometimes bear the brunt of this resentment Watches Replica. This isn't fair, and the resulting behavior may be illegal.

Because the fire service has changed, so has the way you should approach the possibility of becoming a firefighter. Back when firefighting was seen as manual labour, semi-skilled work, the idea of preparing for it as a career was unheard of. But today, anyone who applies for a firefighting job without preparing for it beforehand is unlikely to be hired. Much is expected of today's firefighters, and the competition for jobs is tough. The total amount of applicants can run into the thousands, so be prepared.
Why would I want to be a firefighter?
Firefighting isn't for everyone. People who are seriously afraid of heights or confined spaces, who don't function well in a crisis, or who in general would rather not introduce elements of danger into their lives, are unlikely to be attracted to the job.

Some people prefer a typical business schedule to working 14- 15 hours or other overnight shifts. Other people may dislike the physical, manual-labor aspects of the job and grow to resent their decision to join the job Watches.

But for those who do not see these aspects of the job as deterrents, firefighting is an exciting, ever-changing, highly rewarding occupation. Most firefighters enjoy the warmth of camaraderie among the crew, the challenge of bringing physical skills and mental abilities to play in what for others is an emergency, and the opportunity to provide critical, life-saving services in a moment of need. Many also appreciate the time consuming work schedule, the job security in times of downsizing, and -- in most Brigades, half decent pay and benefits Replica.

What does it take to be a good firefighter?

Women considering the fire service may be discouraged if all the firefighters they know or see are men. It may seem that, even if the door isn't officially closed to women, no woman could ever be enough like a male firefighter to be really good at the job. If you are considering becoming a firefighter, be aware that there are many ways to be a good firefighter, and they don't necessarily require you to be male or just like a man.

What are some of the attributes of a good firefighter?
Honest and dependable

Learns quickly; can remember and use what s/he's learned when the pressure is on

Physically fit: is committed to a healthy lifestyle and to maintaining fitness Functions well as part of a team Cares about and respects co-workers and members of the community

Communicates and listens well Is dedicated to her/his work

Has, and uses, common sense

Is open-minded and flexible, willing to try new things and listen to new ideas
No one person has all of these attributes Replica Jacques Lemans Watch. If all firefighters were the same, as a group their strengths would be redundant and their weaknesses would be magnified. But everyone is different. Each firefighter brings individual strengths to the team, and it is this variety of strengths that gives the team multiple options and balances out any individual weaknesses.
It is also important to note that these traits are not specific to men or women. Women have been functioning successfully as career firefighters and officers for more than 25 years, and as volunteers for much longer. Even if you're the first woman on your Station, you're part of a strong tradition of women who are dedicated to the fire service and who have found their place in it.

Preparing for your career as a firefighter
Don't expect to become a firefighter tomorrow. In the first place, most Fire Brigades only give an entry-level (hiring) test every two years or so, and it may be several months after that before the first recruit class is hired from the resulting list. More importantly, your approach to your firefighting career should be even longer-range than that Fake Watch.

Getting ready for to become a firefighter should start years before you ever submit your first job application, ideally while you're still in full time education. This will give you time to prepare yourself to be a good candidate for the job, as well as to decide if firefighting is really right for you.

In school, make sure you have the basics in place: good reading comprehension and writing skills, computer literacy, basic maths and typing skills(Luxury Rado). Chemistry and biology, auto mechanics, carpentry and electrical skills will also be useful. If your community (or the one where you hope to work as a firefighter) has a significant ethnic minority, learn that language. In the U.K. this will usually be Urdu, Bengali and Polish, but it may also be Chinese, Japanese or Romanian.
Depending on where you live, you may also have the option of putting yourself through basic firefighter training. In some cities, you can only get this training once you've been hired by a Fire Brigade. And many brigades put all newly hired firefighters through recruit training, regardless of what prior training they may have Christian Dior Watches Replica. Many Fire Brigades give hiring priority to applicants who have completed this training on their own. Check your local area for courses on Fire Service Recruitment.
Your physical training should be ongoing: don't expect to sit in classes or behind a desk for years and then be able to get in shape for a Fire Brigade test after you've submitted your application. Don't think of it as preparing to take a test: what you're actually doing is making an investment in a career that requires a high level of fitness. Actual firefighting takes up only a small percentage of the time firefighters spend on duty, but that small percentage can demand extremes of strength and endurance from everyone involved. Despite all the progress that has been made in equipment and technology, fighting a fire is still strenuous, hot, dirty and often dangerous work. Prepare to get covered in filth and soot.

"Firefighter Fitness"
Becoming a firefighter means a lifelong commitment to physical fitness, and the earlier you make this commitment, the better. Get involved in sports teams, regular workouts, and other activities that will develop your strength and fitness and give you confidence in physically demanding situations. Your training routine should involve a weightlifting program as well as aerobic and anaerobic activities. (Be sure to get your doctor's okay before you begin any new training routine, however.)

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Make sure you know how to find out when your local brigade will be recruiting Accutron Luxury Watches. Watch the classified ads or web site for the opening. When a fire brigade announces a hiring opportunity, get a copy of all the available information and make sure you understand everything on it: dates, deadlines, qualification requirements. If you're not sure about something, make a phone call to get clarification.
Different Fire Brigades use different application processes. Some will mail out their application forms; others distribute them only in person, and sometimes only at a specified time and place(Replica Zenith Watch). Others are only available for download from the Internet(Zenith Replica). Find out what you need to bring when picking up your application, such as a drivers license or proof of residency/identity. Sometimes the Brigade will limit the number of applications given out; if this is the case, plan to be on hand very early to wait in line.
Find out everything you can about the recruiting process. How many steps does it involve, and what are they? Many variations are possible, but a typical process will look something like this:
The test is announced and applications are accepted. (In some places, applications are taken only on the day of testing.)
Never lie on a job application. If you are asked for information that you feel may be harmful to your chances of being hired, write an explanatory note or ask to make an appointment with someone in charge to explain the circumstances(Bvlgari Luxury Watches).
The written test is administered to all applicants Replica Watches.
The physical abilities test is administered, either to all applicants or to those who passed the written test Seiko Mens Watches. In the past, fire brigades often held the written and physical tests on the same day, but this is becoming less common.
If you are traveling a long distance to go through the hiring process, you may have to be prepared to make several trips.
The fire service or a contracted agency conducts a background check on applicants.
Applicants are given a psychological evaluation Fake Watches. (Only a small percentage of fire brigades use this step.)
A hiring board or the fire chief conducts one or more interviews with top candidates Mont Blanc Replica Watch.
Candidates who make it through these steps successfully are placed on a hiring or eligibility list. The order in which names appear on the list and the rules that govern the order in which candidates can be hired vary from place to place. The list may be kept for one year, two years, or longer, depending on local policies and needs. When the department is ready to hire from the list, it will make a conditional offer of employment to the selected applicants, and send them through a medical evaluation.
Only after all of this has the applicant earned the right to be hired as a firefighting recruit. (Smaller brigades, or those that hire only qualified firefighters, may hire applicants as probationary firefighters rather than fire recruits.)
The written tests for entry-level firefighter candidates are usually general-knowledge or common sense. You may sit a mechanics paper, basic maths and comprehension and other similar things.

Take advantage of any study groups the fire services may offer, particularly if you are uncomfortable with written tests or if English is not your first language. If the brigade does not provide this kind of help, you may be able to find similar programs at local community colleges or university outreach programs(Fake A Lange & Sohne).
Be sure to talk with people who have taken the department's test before. Even though the exact questions will be different, the types of questions, the format, and the test administration process may be similar.
As with every stage of the process, know exactly where the test will be given, what you must bring with you (a photo ID, for example), and what time it will start. Plan to get there early. If you're driving a long way or to an unfamiliar part of town, give yourself plenty of extra time to get there. If you arrive even five minutes late, you will probably not be allowed to take the test or continue on in the hiring process Watches.
The physical abilities test
Different fire brigades use different kinds of physical abilities tests, and the exact components vary. The test you take may be a basic assessment of strength and fitness using measures such as sit-ups and a mile-and-a-half run, or it may be made up of events simulating tasks that are done at fires, such as hose drags and ladder raises. Find out all you can about the test in advance Ebel Watch.

If the brigade has a videotape or dvd of its test available, watch it as many times as you can. Be sure to attend test practice sessions if the brigade offers them, preferably well in advance of your testing date Breitling Replica Watches. This will give you time to re-evaluate your workout routine or address any problems you discover Replica Watch. It's all about proper preparation in order to succeed.
On the day of the test, arrive early, well-nourished and well-rested. Take appropriate clothing: sweats, good athletic shoes, gloves if required. If the testing process will be a long one, make sure you have water and high-energy snacks on hand. If the day is hot, make sure you've drunk plenty of water before you start the test. Warm up and stretch just as you would before any strenuous workout. We don't want any injuries on the day of the tests now do we?

Despite the fact that everyone is competing against each other for the same few job openings, a camaraderie often develops among the applicants taking a firefighter test on the same day. Most women find this friendship includes them, even if there are few women taking the test. Such support and encouragement can help you perform well, even when it comes from total strangers.

Make sure you understand all of the instructions for each part of the test. Ask questions if necessary for clarification. If applicants are to wear firefighter protective clothing while taking the test, make sure you get gear that fits. Don't be hesitant to call attention to yourself in this way: having a glove fall off or a helmet slip down over your eyes during the test may mean the difference between passing and failing. The fire brigade or other testing agency is responsible for ensuring that the test conditions are as similar as possible for all candidates, and they must make gear available to fit candidates of all sizes.

The interview
An interview for a firefighter position should be approached in much the same way as one for any other professional job; the days are long past when it was appropriate to show up in casual clothes or with a casual attitude. Business attire and a professional outlook will demonstrate that you are serious about a career in the fire service and respectful of the interviewers.
Many books on job-hunting offer excellent advice on the job interview, and firefighter candidates should take advantage of these. They cover common-sense items that are overlooked appallingly often by job applicants ("Don't chew gum during the interview") as well as many other areas of preparation, appearance and behavior Magico Watch Replica.

For a reality check on personal mannerisms that you may not otherwise have noticed, have a friend put you through a simulated interview, and videotape it. Watch the tape to see if you've presented yourself as someone you would want to hire. Do you make good eye contact with the interviewer? Do you sit comfortably and confidently in your chair, or do you slouch and wriggle? Is your speech punctuated with "umm's" and "you know's"? Work to correct any weaknesses that show up.
Don't lie awake nights trying to memorize, word for word, the perfect answer to every possible question you might be asked; you'll drive yourself crazy and lose a lot of valuable sleep. Instead, think of the general kinds of questions interviewers are likely to ask, and know the points you want to cover in your reply. Why do you want the job? What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses?
Be sure you've done your homework about the fire service. Know what services it provides, what community activities it's involved in, what programs it's proud of. Identify for yourself the ways your particular background and skills can make you an asset to this fire brigade, and bring these up in the interview. Give examples of any community work you have participated in. Any previous community work will go in your favour, so try to get involved with local projects well before you get to this stage of recuitment.
After the tests are over
If you have applied for a job with a large brigade, be patient. It may take a long time to get all the applicants through the process, and when you're waiting to hear about a job, it will seem even longer. If you're dealing with a smaller brigade, you may need to be a little more aware of how things are progressing. There's a fine line between staying on top of things and making a nuisance of yourself, but you do want to keep alert to make sure the process doesn't bypass you. If you have any questions about how things are being run, and particularly if you learn that candidates lower on the hiring list have been offered jobs when you have not, ask questions and get answers in writing if possible.
Unless there is just one fire brigade you want to work for, keep putting your application in and taking tests with other departments while you're waiting to hear from the first one. You can always withdraw from a hiring process if you get a job elsewhere, and you may end up in the enviable position of having two job offers to choose from. Wouldn't that be nice....
While most fire brigades have professionalized their hiring practices and are careful to avoid unfair treatment of any applicant group, illegal discrimination does still crop up in hiring processes from time to time. If you believe you have been treated unfairly based on your race, gender or religion (or, in some cities and states, your sexual orientation), you may wish to pursue the matter through legal channels.

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