From application to interview: Tips for prospective firefighters looking to join the ranks

How to put your best foot forward at orientation, what to expect in the physical and aptitude tests, and other tips for firefighter candidates


It has been a while (to say the least) since I applied for my first position in the fire service, but I’ve been on the flip side of the equation for many years now, serving as part of hiring processes for both my departments, and reviewing candidates being admitted to the State Fire Academy. I’ve observed hundreds of applicants and candidates as they go through the process of becoming a firefighter, and have some words of wisdom to impart from those experience and from talking with other fire service leaders.

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