Firefighter & EMT Rookies Guide to Success
* Stay physically fit
* Test as much as possible, practice does make perfect! Testing frequently will allow you to become more relaxed, familiar with the questions, test & interviews. How do you find these tests & interviews? Join a service or contact the hiring agencies directly. Fire Career Assistance can help!
* Join a service like Fire Career Assistance! Use your extra time for studying, education or training. Stop wasting time & effort. Simplify your job search.
* Don't wear earrings, die your hair strange colors or wear pants hanging off . It's Not MTV
* Look like a professional. Take pride in your uniform
* Make friends
* Maintain professional competence
* Don't spout off in public. Let your performance speak for itself
* Go with your natural instinct
* Drive safely & conscientiously
* Don't judge other's actions until you know all the facts
* Go to the bathroom while you have the chance
* Be extremely careful when backing up a vehicle. Use a back up person when possible
* Learn to type & use a computer
* Be empathetic, it could be you
* Leave stress at work
* Learn new ways to communicate, languages, sign language, etc.
* Don't bring your problems to work
* Become educated
* Respect & learn from seniors
* Be your worst own critic
* Even though most calls are uneventful, don't get to relaxed because the next one might be worse.
* Avoid gossip
* Utilize the Links and information provided on FCA
* Consider each job your first job & remember Fire Career Assistance can help
STAY CURRENT ON THE FIRE & EMS FIELDS
"Know your potential Employer" What are the current developments in the fire industry? Do you know enough about what is going on that you could impress someone offering you a job? If not, find out quickly through online journals, magazines & newsletters. The more information you know about your potential employer, the more confident & prepared you will be when interviews are conducted. Sounding prepared & confident in your abilities are important qualities in this competitive working environment.
LEARN ON YOUR OWN TIME
An employee who continually tries to enhance his/her skills through further training always impresses an employer, but who gets that training on his or her own time rather than on the job has a decided edge.
UNDERSTAND PERSONALITY TYPES
Being a team player in the fire service is a must. Knowing how & where you fit in is an important aspect because, it allows you and your coworkers time to adapt to each other. That means knowing how to work with different personality types.
CONTINUE YOUR EDUCATION
So you have followed all of the expert advice in getting ahead, but you are still being passed over. You may need to look at your educational level. In the fire service, like in many other fields, a degree is a definite requirement to get beyond a certain level. A college degree symbolizes many things, among them, a commitment to a voluntary goal & critical thinking skills. Critical thinking skills are unfortunately not usually developed in high school where accumulating facts is more the goal. In college students are expected to state their own opinions & support or refute the experts by working out those opinions.