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How to Become a Firefighter - Typical Firefighter Written Exams

By Douglas Hanna

The firefighter written exam is basically make or break -- get a high score, and you will qualify for the next step in the hiring process. But get a low score and you can kiss that firefighting career goodbye, at least until the next exam is held.This is why many experts suggest you take several different tests in different municipalities. Do this and you will not only get a good idea of what to expect, you will build your self-confidence.The examinationOn the average, a written firefighter examination takes about 3 1/2 hours. It will most likely include seven or more different kinds of questions. Here are the most typical types:1. Recalling, visualizing, and spatial orientation questions.2. Reading and verbal/listening comprehension questions3. Questions on understanding and applying basic mathematics and science4. Questions relating to tools and equipment5. Questions about dealing with people6. Questions relating to mechanical devices7. Questions that test judgment a…

Tool Hero - Ken Carpenter, Firefighter Mechanic

By Jude Herr

Unlike buying a Dodge off the lot, purchasing a Fire Engine requires a committee designated to the design process because each truck is hand built to specifications. The committee designs the truck around what equipment will be placed on the truck.The Fire Truck Committee needs to know what the truck is utilized for, ie: a rescue truck, engine pumper, ladder truck, wildland truck, where the tools should be placed to be effective and efficient, the right size pumps, what types of gauges are needed and where the gauges need to be placed. It requires working with the manufacturers throughout the entire process to see it through. The design of the fire truck needs to be made to meet the specific needs of that fire department.Ken Carpenter, Fire Engineer, in Boulder Colorado, works with the folks at Sutphen Fire Trucks, Pierce and other fire truck manufacturers to design the trucks for Rocky Mountain Fire. Through years of experience working on the engines as a mechanic with th…

How To Become A Firefighter - The Requirements

By Douglas Hanna

If you are serious about becoming a firefighter, it's important you understand the requirements for this job. Naturally, firefighter requirements vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction but, as you will see, there are some commonalities.First, here are the requirements to become a firefighter in the New York City Fire Department (NYFD).To apply to take the next New York City Firefighter Exam, you must be between the ages of 17 and a half and 29.To be hired as a New York City FirefighterYou must:Pass both the written and physical exams Pass a medical exam and background investigation Be at least 21 years of age Be a U.S. citizen Have at least 15 college semester credits earned as a result of satisfactory completion of course work at a college or university accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education or full time military service with an honorable discharge; or 6 months of full time, satisfactory…