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December 3, 2008

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1. Quick Presentation Skills Tip

2.  Entry Level Skills Tip  

3.  Robs Corner

4.  Promotional Level Skills Tip
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5.  New Badges

6.  Humor

7.  Resource Websites for Candidates

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1.      Quick Presentation Skills Tip
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At a recent Good Guys Hot Rod Show in Pleasanton, CA http://www.good-guys.com/ they were going to fire up several dragsters and funny cars at 1:30 p.m.  At the appointed time there was a gang of mid-age, young and older white hair fans like me.

 As they fired up the first dragster the crowd went silent as the ground vibrated with the RPMís.  Every guy standing there didnít have to say a thing.  They all felt the same heart warming deep in the bones feelings and soul of these long time fans.  It was raw testosterone.

 I thought this could be the same as an oral board interview panel when you tell your signature stories.  They might not say anything or give you any other indication but the right signature stories about you that no one else can tell can ignite thoughts, emotions and feelings that connect you directly to the panel members.  Then they can think we have been waiting for this all week.

 A candidate who had been testing for 5 years just called me. This was Jasonís first interview since he went through our program.  He said just coming into the holding pen with the other candidates he felt different.  He said the other candidates were just hanging their heads with no enthusiasm.

 Jasonís first oral question was why do you want to be a firefighter?  Jason briefly lost his thoughts and started off giving clone answers.   When he saw the panel members start to glaze over and look off in the distance, he heard a voice in his head say ďItís Show TimeĒ.  Jason immediately made a u- turn and came out swinging with his killer signature story.  He said it was exactly how we said it could happen. The panel members looked up, dropped their pens and Jason took them on the journey with his life experiences.

Why did Jason call?  He made the cut and was heading in for his chiefs interview today. One excited guy.  An early Christmas present?

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2.      Entry Level Skills Tip 
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very tough questions how would you guys answer??

I recently went through an interview and they asked some questions I felt very unprepared for:

You are a rookie firefighter going on an interior attack on a structure fire and your captain orders you to go in n you know if you go in that you will die. they even say that I have flashbacks before entering???

 Captain Bobís Reply:

 Violating a Direct Order Scenario:
The way this question is usually presented is you are being sent in alone. In this scenario type question one panel member is usually asking you this question. If you can create banter back and forth with the panel member, as if they were the Captain who is giving you the order, you can start building up valuable points.

You can start out by repeating the order to make sure you understood it. The Captain will confirm thatís the order. Than you can banter back and forth if you notice safety concerns. Once you get to point where the rater officer wants the task carried out ask him what the department policy is with sending one man into a fire? They will probably say they have a 2 in to out policy. Then, look directly at the panel member and ask, ďAs my captain are you asking me to violate department policy?Ē If the answer comes back yes, thatís what you will do.

Hey, in real live you might do something else. But again the oral board is fantasyland in many ways. Just go through the drill. You could add that you donít know what the Captains plan is or what additional resources they have coming that could be in place before you advance a line, perform a rescue or any other emergency situation.

A recent candidate got to the point where you were and he refused to follow the order. Later in the interview a panel member gave him the opportunity to revisit his decision. That should have been a clue they wanted him to follow the order.

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 3.     Robs Corner 
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Hereís Robís take on the above question:

 I recently went through an interview and they asked some questions I felt very unprepared for:

 You are a rookie firefighter going on an interior attack on a structure fire and your captain orders you to go in n you know if you go in that you will die. they even say that I have flashbacks before entering???

 Captain Robís Reply:

 The second question is one of the oldest and most ask of all time. The interesting thing is that the answer changed back in the mid to late 80ís depending on the part of the country and progressiveness of the department. It used to be that you just did what the captain said, "He has more time and knowledge than me, he must know best", was the correct answer.

The first thing I would do is ask if there is a life hazard or known rescue in the fire. While we still wonít go into a no win situation regardless we do fight fire differently with a life is at risk. But I have never heard this question asked where there was a rescue.

I would then point out what I see to the captain. He may not have seen it. While the captain is in change at an emergency, we rely on the rest of the crew passing on what they see, we canít notice everything. It didnít say if you were to go in by yourself or if he was going with you, but usually it is by yourself. I would ask if the department has a two-in-two-out policy. If it does, and it should, I would say, ďSo are you asking me if I would violate the departmentís policies? The answer is no, I canít. But I can do a lot of firefighting from where I am". I am not sure what you mean by flash backs, but if you have information of a change in fire conditions that is something the captain should announce to everyone on scene.

One thing it is good to know and memorize is the priorities of the fire service. "I will risk a lot to save a lot, a little to save a little, and I will risk nothing to save that which cannot be saved". If it is that hot in a fire no one could be alive in there. If you were to go in and be injured or killed that would do no one any good and change the whole fire ground. Everything would change from fighting the fire, to saving you.

 

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Peer Counseling and Conflict Resolution

 The key ďNuggetĒ goal here is to gain an agreement.  If you donít get an agreement you failed the exercise!  First gain all the facts.  In order to gain all the facts you must be a good listener.  Nothing is going to change until you listen and understand the problem from all sides.  Many people arenít good listeners.  Instead of listening, theyíre planning their rebuttal.  You will gain big points here by focused listening, affirming, confirming, and repeating back to the person you are counseling how you understand their point of view.  Statements like, ďI understand your point of view and position,Ē shows your concern to resolve the situation for a "win" situation for all concerned.

 Situation: You are asked to talk to one of your employees about being late. Some of these sessions are set up to be confrontational from the beginning.  Not matter what you do, they just keep pressing and being difficult.  Your goal here is not matter if they try to blame others, not take responsibility, say you have done the same things is to bring them back to the issue at hand. 

 Remembering to include youíve always been a good employee, what has changed? The goal again is to get an agreement that the behavior will change and set a follow up date to check the progress.  More on peer counseling will be covered in the CD.

 Some role playing sessions are set up to not be resolved in one meeting, just to see how you will respond.  If you are unable to resolve the issue in one meeting session, schedule another time on your calendar before your first sessionís ends or you will fail this section.

 Before any interview, you MUST be knowledgeable about your department policies and procedures.  When you are asked a question that relates to a policy it will make your answers credible with this formula:

 Answer:

1.  We have a policy that governs this situation.

2.  This is why the policy was instituted.

3.  Why you would implement the policy.

A personal story that relates to the question.

Example: Question.  As an officer, what would you do about a firefighter who was growing a ponytail?

Formula Answer:

1.  We have a policy that states that there will be no long hair.

2.  It was instituted because it was a safety issue.

3.  I would give an order to correct the situation using the policy and to maintain standards.

4.  Story:  I was assigned to a station as an acting captain for several months covering an officer who was off after surgery.  One of the firefighters had started growing a ponytail.  Once it got beyond the department standard, I set up a peer counseling session.  I listened and validated his opinions and reminded him of the policy.  At the end of the session, the exchange led to a better appreciation and understanding of the policy and an agreement to remove the ponytail.

 Itís ironic that you might mess up a little on a fire problem, but lose more points by not handling a ponytail or conflict problem.

 Tony was presented this role-playing peer counseling session: You have a paramedic firefighter who is slacking off on his household duties.  He felt he needed to concentrate more time on his paramedic skills.

 As Tony entered the room to play out this segment of the test he outlined the problem with the role-playing firefighter and asked him if he understood the problem.  He did.  The firefighter tried to defend himself with his major responsibility of patient care and the others on the crew were not helping. 

Tony took the approach that we could accomplish both goals.  The fire/medic needed to come on line with his duties and Tony would make sure time was available for the him to work with the crew to bring their skills up to assist him better.  An agreement was reached.  Tony said he was going to schedule a date in his day timer in three weeks to make sure the goals were accomplished.

 Tony shot ahead of his competition on this section of the test because he first listened to the problem, validated the concerns of the firefighter and was able to resolve the situation by accomplishing the needs of both parties.  None of the other candidates had set a date to review the progress of the situation.  Tony was excited when he called that he got his promotional badge.


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Its been about two years since you helped me get my dream badge. So I think I owe you all a very large THANK YOU!! I tested for about 5 years with little success. I had all the bells and whistles to build a huge resume but I wasn't getting anywhere. So one day at my Dads firehouse I met a new Boot (the name we probies get), and I asked him if he had any suggestions on how to pass an oral board. He sat me down for two hours and explained to me what your program was all about and how it made such a significant difference in his oral board scores. I was so excited I bought your gold package that same afternoon! WOW! I heard about Capt. Bob before through the fire dept. testing community, but never thought that it could be as help full as it was. I did the coaching as well and you helped me  take my stories and present them in a professional straight to the point way. So with all that being said, I didn't only get on my dream fire dept. but I ended up getting a total of four offers from other departments. So I went from just not good enough to four job offers after using your product and doing the coaching. Man your stuff works! THANK YOU!!

 I grew up in a firehouse. I didn't know anything else but that. I now happy to say that I am one of only two known families in Colorado that is a fourth generation career firefighter. To top it off I work on the same dept with my Dad, now you cant beat that! OK one more thing and I'll be done. Just today I was at our Admin. building and I ran into our Chief. He approached me and asked if I would be willing to talk with his son about oral boards because he heard that I did so well on mine. I did my oral boards two years ago. Talk about saying stuff that makes them remember you wow! So I met with his son this afternoon and he reminded me of me. I gave the same speech that was given to me years ago and told him that if he really wants the job that he should to get your product. And hopefully he will. In closing THANK YOU both so very much for making my dreams come true and helping continue a long family tradition.

Fraternally, Jason Reynolds, West Metro Fire Rescue Colo 

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 6.     Humor

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Keep this handy guide in your work shop and when Chrismas shopping for your loved one.....
 
 
DRILL PRESS: A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings your beer across the room, denting the freshly-painted part which you had carefully set in the corner, where nothing could get to it.
 
WIRE WHEEL: Cleans paint off bolts and then throws them somewhere under the workbench with the speed of light. Also removes fingerprints and hard-earned calluses from fingers in about the time it takes you to say, ''What The....??''
 
ELECTRIC HAND DRILL: Normally used for spinning pop rivets in their holes until you die of old age.
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SKILL SAW: A portable cutting tool used to make studs too short.
 
PLIERS: Used to round off bolt heads Sometimes used in the creation of blood-blisters.
 
BELT SANDER: An electric San ding tool commonly used to convert minor touch-up jobs into major refinishing jobs.
 
HACKSAW: One of a family of cutting tools built on the Ouija board principle. It transforms human energy into a crooked, unpredictable motion,
and the more you attempt to influence its course, the more dismal your future becomes.
 
VISE-GRIPS: Generally used after pliers, to completely round off bolt heads. If not hing else is available, they can also be used to transfer intense
welding heat to the palm of your hand.
 
WELDING GLOVES: Heavy duty leather gloves used to prolong the conduction of intense welding heat to the palm of your hand.
 
OXY-ACETYLENE TORCH: Used almost entirely for lighting various flammable objects in your shop on fire. Also handy for igniting the grease inside the wheel hub you want the bearing race out of.
 
TABLE SAW: A large stationary power tool commonly used to launch wood projectiles for testing wall integrity.
 
HYDRAULIC FLOOR JACK: Used for lowering an automobile to the ground after you have installed your new brake shoes, trapping the jack handle firmly under the bumper.
 
EIGHT-FOOT YELLOW PINE 2X4: Used for levering an automobile upward off of a trapped hydraulic jack handle.
 
E-Z OUT BOLT AND STUD EXTRACTOR: A tool ten times harder than a ny known drill bit that snaps neatly off in bolt holes thereby ending any possible future use.
 
BAND SAW: A large stationary power saw primarily used by most shops to cut good aluminum sheet into smaller pieces that more easily fit into the trash can after you cut on the inside edge of the line instead of the outside edge.
 
TWO-TON ENGINE HOIST: A tool for testing the maximum tensile strength of everything you forgot to disconnect.
 
CRAFTSMAN 1/2 x 24-INCH SCREWDRIVER: A very large pry bar that inexplicably has an accurately machined screwdriver tip on the end opposite the handle.
 
PHILLIPS SCREWDRIVER: Normally used to stab the vacuum seals under lids and for opening old-style paper-and-tin oil cans and splashing oil on your shirt; b ut can also be used, as the name implies, to strip out Phillips screw heads.
 
STRAIGHT SCREWDRIVER: A tool for opening paint cans. Sometimes used to convert common slotted screws into non-removable screws.
 
PRY BAR: A tool used to crumple the metal surrounding that clip or bracket you needed to remove in order to replace a 50 cent part.
 
HOSE CUTTER: A tool used to make hoses too short. Works equally as well on boxes and thumbs.
 
HAMMER: Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays is used as a kind of divining rod to locate the most expensive parts adjacent the object we are trying to hit.
 
MECHANIC'S KNIFE: Used to open and slice through the contents of cardboard cartons delivered to your front door; works particularly well on contents such as seats, vinyl records, liquids in plastic bottles, collector magazines, refund checks, and rubber or plastic parts. Especially useful for
slicing work clothes, but only while wearing them.
 
"DAMMIT" TOOL: Any handy tool that you grab and throw across the garage while yelling ''DAMMIT'' at the top of your lungs. It is also, most often, the next tool that you will need.

 
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