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July 1, 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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Strengths and Weaknesses

In the strengths and weaknesses subject.  For my last couple of boards I've used lack of EMS experience as my weakness. In your program, one of your students mentions lack of experience and you advise against using it. Dan

Reply: I would not use this.  Oh, yea, we want to put the guy who says his weakness is lack of EMS experience.  Pick something simple. 

DC: Also, I'm working on my "what do you know about the department".  Is it a good use of time to talk about the history of the department? Or should I tell what I've learned about the current day Dept?

Reply: I don't have a list because we want the candidate to come up with something that is original for them.  More here: http://www.eatstress.com/weakness.htm 

DC: Also, I'm working on my "what do you know about the department".  Is it a good use of time to talk about the history of the department? Or should I tell what I've learned about the current day Dept?

Reply: I've had candidates who have started with the horses and come all the way up to today.  Please spare us this part. Stick with today unless there is something of significant value.  More here: http://www.eatstress.com/toolong.htm 

DC: Still working on an acceptable weakness. Over the years, I've tried to identify and correct my weaknesses. I respect your opinion regarding not using lack of EMS experience as a weakness. What kind of reaction would you (as an evaluator) have if a candidate said his biggest weakness was lack of experience as a full-time firefighter?

Reply: Uh, Dan, are you practicing any of this answer with a recorder before you send it to me? You've got to knock this off.  You're way, way too serious about this answer.  No, no weakness about experience.  Just had another guys like you who was way to serious.  He stumbled on he often couldn't remember names.  Now he ID's someone's name with an object.  Bingo!  Get it?

DC: I was and assistant manager/ department supervisor at 2 long term (10years and 6 years) retail jobs. Should I mention this in my work history part of my "tell us about yourself"?

Reply:  Please.  This question is not scored.  You history goes with your answer to "What have you done to prepare for the position".  More on tell us here: http://www.eatstress.com/opening.htm

DC: I'm still not overly happy with my "weakness" but, luckily they didn't ask at my oral today.

Reply: Remember this is Fantasy Land, not the real world.  Keep it simple.
 
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2.      Entry Level Skills Tip 
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Recommendation Letters

I read your page regarding letters of recommendation and understand your position on them but have a question because I think the circumstances might be a little different. I have an interview coming up and a family friend who has known me since I was little is a captain of the department and has written me a letter of recommendation. He is in the top 20 on the department's seniority list of over 350 line personnel and has worked with the three people selected to be on the interview board for many years. 

I was wondering if it would be best to make a note on the Resume that the letter is available upon request, offer it with the resume, or some other way?  Thank You,  Steve

Reply; First before I answer your question convince me how this would help you and what he would write that would improve your position?

Captain Bob:

SR: I thought that since he held such seniority and is pretty much friends with the interviewers that a letter from him would be held a bit higher in regard than the average letter of rec. from some not-so-well known captain of a large department writing it as a favor for his kid's friend's brother. He was going to talk to some people on the interview panel a week ago and arrange a meeting so I could talk to them and make myself known but I work on a wild land hand crew and was on a fire for the last 8 days and thus missed the opportunity. Also, our families have been good friends since before I was born and he saw me grow up and he has been pretty much a mentor to me for the fire service.

I interviewed once before and was not selected. I was able to talk with a chief on the board and he said that I was not hired because I had no experience and a couple of my answers sounded a little canned. I bought your gold package and am finishing up my new resume.

I suppose that he would probably write about how he has known me my whole life and watched me grow up, how I excelled in school, how I have worked for two seasons on a wild land crew, have been workout partners as I was trying to build muscle and he was trying to lose some weight, etc. I suppose about half the stuff he would say about me is probably already in the resume now that you have me thinking about it, however I still think that the other half, the more personal part of the letter, would hold some weight with the interviewers. I am also the only person that he would write a letter for and thus essentially put his name on the line to back me up.

Rob’s reply: They know who he is and who his friend is.  There is no way that is going to help him, and could hurt him.  What if everybody on the department likes the guy with all of the seniority, except one.  And he is one of the guys on his panel.  He should be able to get this on his own.

Reply CB: If you really believe this will improve your position you still believe in the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy.  I agree with Rob that all you have to do is offend off one person and you’re done.  And meeting the panel members before your oral is a real bad idea.  With a recommendation letter like this panel members could take it as clubbing them over the head and asking for more points.  Have you ever read a bad recommendation letter?  That’s why they’re seldom read.

You wrote: I interviewed once before and was not selected. I was able to talk with a chief on the board and he said that I was not hired because I had no experience and a couple of my answers sounded a little canned.

From interview rater BC Steve Prziborowski:

I'm with Captain Bob on this one - leave them at home!  Personally, letters of recommendation really aren't worth much because it is very easy to get them (in my opinion and experience) and they're like a verbal recommendation of someone.  
On an oral panel, they don't have the time to look at them either.  Every oral panel I have been on (on either side), there has usually not been much room for the rater's to utilize.  There is usually a cramped table space with enough room for a rating sheet, and then maybe your application and/or resume, that's it.

CB: Your best day was learning how to take an interview with our program.

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SR: I see where you guys are coming from now and it makes a whole lot of sense. I am not going to use the letter. I now see how it has the potential to really screw things up for me. Thank you guys for being patient and explaining it to me, I really appreciate it!

Hopefully my next email to you will be another success story to add to your page!

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 3.     Robs Corner 
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Getting into your Kitchen

We’ve all seen and heard the noise and distraction that a basketball player faces when making the free throw that will decide the game.  A catcher will whisper things to a batter before he swings.  The comments that go back and forth between linemen in football is the reason they don’t have microphones on the line.

There is a term for all of these things; it’s called “getting into your kitchen”.  It is the act of trying to distract the competition so they don’t perform at their best.

When it’s your game day, the oral, you don’t want to let anyone into your kitchen.  I would stay away from arriving early, Talking to people while you wait, or doing anything else that might cause you to loose your composure.  Just seconds before my friend went in for a captains interview, he found out the guy sitting next to him had gotten a 100% on the written.

 If you have never been to where the test is, do some pre-planning.  If it is a long distance away, or there could be traffic, get a hotel room nearby. Just a few seconds of being stuck on the freeway and thinking you might be late, could change all of your energy for you presentation and your delivery; not to mention people I have seen running from the parking lot because they cut it too close.

If your interview is late enough in the day, I recommend exercising before you go.  As long as you have time to cool off and shower, it helps in a lot of ways.  First, a stressful situation will cause your body to produce adrenalin, which was great for our ancestors that needed to run away from things that were bigger than them, but doesn’t help in an interview.  Adrenalin is a large muscle group stimulator and you can use some of it up by exercising. 

Second your body will release endorphins when you exercise and this will help you to relax.  I don’t recommend that you have any coffee the day of your interview. You won’t fall asleep and it could combine with the normal nervousness you will have to give you the jitters.

So, do what you can to put yourself in the right frame of mind for your interview and stay there?  Don’t let anyone get into your kitchen.

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 4.     Promotional Level Skills Tip
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Murphy’s Laws of Combat

 1.  You are not a superman.

  1. If it’s stupid but works, it isn’t stupid.
  2. Don’t look conspicuous - it draws fire.  (This is why aircraft carriers are called, “Bomb Magnets”.)
  3. When in doubt, empty your magazine.
  4.  Never share a foxhole with anyone braver than you are.
  5. Never forget that your weapon was made by the lowest bidder.
  6. If you attack is going really well, it’s an ambush.
  7. No plan survives the first contact intact.
  8. All five-second grenade fuses will burn down in three seconds.
  9. Try to look unimportant because the bad guys may be low on ammo.
  10. If you are forward of your position, the artillery will fall short.
  11. The enemy diversion you are ignoring is the main attack.
  12. The important things are always simple.
  13. The simple things are always hard.
  14. The easy way is always mined.
  15. If you are short of everything except enemy, you are in combat.
  16. When you have secured an area, don’t forget to tell the enemy.
  17. Incoming fire has the right of way.
  18. Friendly fire – isn’t.
  19. If the enemy is in range, “SO ARE YOU!!!”
  20. Not combat ready unit has ever passes inspection.
  21. Beer math is: two beers times 37 men = 49 cases.
  22. Body count math is: two guerillas plus one portable plus two pigs = 37 enemy killed in action.
  23. Things that must be together to work, usually can’t be shipped together.
  24. Radios will fail as soon as you need fire support desperately.
  25. Anything you do can get you shot – including doing nothing.
  26. Tracers work both ways.
  27. The only thing more accurate than incoming enemy fire is incoming friendly fire.
  28. Make it tough for the enemy to get in and you can’t get out.
  29. If you take more than your fair share of objectives, you will have more than your fair share of objectives to take.
  30. When both sides are convinced that they are about to lose, they are both right.
  31. Professional Soldiers are predictable, but the world is full of amateurs.
  32. Murphy was a grunt.

Success Stories:

I have just completed my first ever-testing center for Captain in Buckeye Valley, Arizona. I planned to go through the process and let the cards fall where they may.

Out of fifteen candidates, I scored fifth in the process and we are taking nine Captains. Unbelievable, I only had a month to work with your program but it does work. I'm living proof. Thanks again

Captain Jim McKeag, BVFD

It's not uncommon though for some of our candidates to put the fire out before the evaluators get a chance to amp it up.

Jim Mullen from Wisc. told us that he was tired going to badge ceremonies and it wasn't him.  After ending up number 6 after two attempts he got our program. One of his BC's was on his simulation panel.  He is friends with some NYC firefighters and is a big tactics guy.  When he left the room after his tactical fire he stopped to encourage the next candidate going in from his department.  He then heard his BC bellow from the next room, "Now that's how we want our officers to fight fires!"  He knew something might be happening and wasn't disappointed by coming out number one by 3 full points.  One happy guy.

Subject: Job Offer

Have received the official offer and accepted the Program Manager position with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts/Executive Office of Public Safety/Department of Fire Services/Regional HazMat Response Group.

 As of June 23rd, I will be assigned to the Massachusetts Fire Academy and report directly to the State Director of Hazardous Materials Response. My primary mission role will be to coordinate the 6 regional HM teams competency based training objectives as outlined by the NFPA CBRNE response standards 472 and 473 (revised 2008).

 Additionally, the responsibility includes coordinating local, state, federal and private sector inter-agency CBRNE response standards with competency based training as requested by those agencies.

 The overall mission is to prepare regional responders and support agencies within their respective mission roles in the event of a CBRNE event requiring multiple agency response to successfully manage and mitigate such an incident. Thank you all for your directness, guidance and encouraging wisdom. David P. Loh

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Subject: thank you again

Captain Bob, Just wanted to say thank you again to you.  I start a large County Fire Dept. academy tomorrow!  I would not be at this point in my life without your dedication for dreamers like me!  Robert

I have just completed my first ever-testing center for Captain in Buckeye Valley, Arizona. I planned to go through the process and let the cards fall where they may.

Out of fifteen candidates, I scored fifth in the process and we are taking nine Captains. Unbelievable, I only had a month to work with your program but it does work. I'm living proof. Thanks again

Captain Jim McKeag, BVFD

It's not uncommon though for some of our candidates to put the fire out before the evaluators get a chance to amp it up.

Jim Mullen from Wisc. told us that he was tired going to badge ceremonies and it wasn't him.  After ending up number 6 after two attempts he got our program. One of his BC's was on his simulation panel.  He is friends with some NYC firefighters and is a big tactics guy.  When he left the room after his tactical fire he stopped to encourage the next candidate going in from his department.  He then heard his BC bellow from the next room, "Now that's how we want our officers to fight fires!"  He knew something might be happening and wasn't disappointed by coming out number one by 3 full points.  One happy guy.

Subject: Job Offer

Have received the official offer and accepted the Program Manager position with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts/Executive Office of Public Safety/Department of Fire Services/Regional HazMat Response Group.

 As of June 23rd, I will be assigned to the Massachusetts Fire Academy and report directly to the State Director of Hazardous Materials Response. My primary mission role will be to coordinate the 6 regional HM teams competency based training objectives as outlined by the NFPA CBRNE response standards 472 and 473 (revised 2008).

 Additionally, the responsibility includes coordinating local, state, federal and private sector inter-agency CBRNE response standards with competency based training as requested by those agencies.

 The overall mission is to prepare regional responders and support agencies within their respective mission roles in the event of a CBRNE event requiring multiple agency response to successfully manage and mitigate such an incident. Thank you all for your directness, guidance and encouraging wisdom. David P. Loh
 

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 6.     Humor

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I should have been flying UPS for the past 20+ years

UPS Airlines
 
 Just in case you need a laugh:
 Remember it takes a college degree to fly a plane, but only a high school
 diploma to fix one; a reassurance to those of us who fly routinely in our
 jobs. After every flight, UPS pilots fill out a form, called a 'gripe
 sheet,' which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft. The
 mechanics correct the problems, document their repairs on the form, and
 then pilots review the gripe sheets before the next flight.
 

Never let it be said that ground crews lack a sense of humor. Here are

some actual maintenance complaints submitted by UPS. Pilots (marked with a P) and the solutions recorded (marked with an S) by maintenance engineers.
 
By the way, UPS is the only major airline that has never, ever, had an accident.

 

P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.

S: Almost replaced left inside main tire. *

 

P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.

S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft. *

 

P: Something loose in cockpit

S: Something tightened in cockpit *

 

P: Dead bugs on windshield.

S: Live bugs on back-order. *

 

P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute descent
S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground. *

 

P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.

S: Evidence removed. *

 

P: DME volume unbelievably loud.
S: DME volume set to more believable level. *

 

P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
S: That's what friction locks are for. *
 

P: IFF inoperative in OFF mode.
S: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode. *

 

P: Suspected crack in windshield.
S: Suspect you're right. *

 

P: Number 3 engine missing.
S: Engine found on right wing after brief search *

 

P: Aircraft handles funny. (I love this one!)
S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right and be serious. *

 

P: Target radar hums.
S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics. *

 

P: Mouse in cockpit.

S: Cat installed. *

 

And the best one for last *

 

P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a
midget pounding on something with a hammer.
S: Took hammer away from midget. *


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