Fire-fighting is a rewarding career and even mere volunteers will tell you that they would not exchange the experience for anything else. If you are earnestly pursuing a career or job in fire-fighting then please scan through the following information.
Typically, when a fire department is looking for new recruits they will advertise vacant positions on career opportunity websites and in newspapers. Some are looking for new employees every couple of years or on a yearly basis. The potential fire-fighting prospects should first, genuinely weigh their skills and qualifications against those of the firefighting job requirements before they fill out and render an application.
The actual application process will include: an application form, a short listing of applicants as well as a physical evaluation and skills test. The first test that is ordinarily provided is an agility examination. The (CPAT) or Candidate Physical Ability Test is an effective exam that is used to assess a candidate’s physical abilities in performing job tasks related to fire-fighting. It is very physically intense and requires an applicant to use their mental and physical abilities as well as balance.
The (CPAT) includes eight events that must be completed in 10 minutes and 20 seconds. The events include: stair climbing, hose dragging, equipment carrying, ladder raising, forcible entries, searches, rescue dragging and ceiling breaches and pulling.
Next Exam – Written Segment
If you meet the specific requirements in the previous test then the next exam is for the written segment. This test will examine the candidate’s abilities to learn and execute a fire-fighter’s job. It will ascertain one’s capacity to read, comprehend and apply new content, reasoning skills, basic level mathematics, spatial and mechanical ability as well as judging how one reacts in situations. The passing score will be determined by the community or city and the candidate will be informed accordingly.
Again, if the written exam has been successfully completed then the oral panel examination may commence. Fortunately for this test, no prior knowledge of fire-fighting is essentially required. Commonly a passing score for the test is 50% or thereabouts. Any fire-fighting candidate who can pass all of these tests will then be placed onto an eligibility list that can last up to two years.
Most, if not all fire departments will require that you have a high school graduate or equivalent certificate, a valid State motor license and a clean driving record. A thorough criminal record search will be undertaken before any appointments are arranged. You will need to make sure you’ve done a good job constructing the perfect firefighting resume as well. The hopefuls who are chosen from the list will more than likely be interviewed by the Board of Fire Commissions or associated titles depending on one’s location.