OK lets get to the nuts and bolts, What do you feel from testing experence is the toughest part of the testing process? The oral boards, the written, the physical ability test?

Let everyone know and lets work on making it a little easier.

Have a great day,

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I think most worry most about the oral interview.
It depends on the individual. Everyone have certain strengths and weaknesses. You need to find out what those are and work on them. The best way to do that is take part in mock interviews/written testing/ and of course, the physical agility.

Every department is looking for a well rounded individual, not just a knuckle drager or a book worm. Today's fire service is to complex and to demanding for a single faceted person.

Take tests from different departments, ask others what they had to do to persevere, study hard, and get in the best shape you can!

Good luck!

I've always found the written the hardest, taking really good notes helps me remember even if I can't use them on the test.
There are some really good study guides out there too with practice tests in them.
I would have to say the hardest part of the testing process for me is trying to gain experience equal to that of the competition. In California it is hard to find entry level jobs in any sector let alone the fire service. Being that every department I for which I have tested lists experience as the top desired qualification or trait, it is killing me. I have been getting better at the written tests and I have been tuning up my oral skills. I guess it is all equally difficult right now.
One suggestion I have is to contact a local Jr. College and see if they have a fire degree and fire academy program. This could get your some practical knowledge that you can bring to the table as well as showing your desire to invest in your career.

Good luck to you,

I am currently taking classes that apply to an associates degree in fire technology. However, the private academy's are expensive.
some fire tech programs combine Academy into their degree requirements that may last just a quarter full time or three quarters part time. i would certainly look into those


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