Becoming A Firefighter or Officer-----The Complete Guide to Your Badge! Fire "Captain Bob"
Google


WWW Search Eatstress.com
 

How to Become a Firefigher

Contact us

Site Map

FREE 101 Inside Secrets How to Get A Badge

"Captain Bob's Free Newsletter sign up with inside "Nugget tips" to nail that badge!

Store/Shop

Got A Question? Call or e-mail us here

LA City Testing!

Los Angeles County Fire Testing

Entry Level Firefighter

Entry Level Coaching

Promotional

Law Enforcement Testing

Store/Shop

Psychological Interviews

Written Test

There is a wealth of information in past issues of our newsletter here

CPAT Agility

Coaching Entry Level

Coaching Promotional

Shop

FREE 10 day test drive of inside secrets.  Learn more here

Resume Service

Five Nuggets for successful Oral boards

30 sample oral board questions

Bonus Nugget

Affiliate Program

New badges from our program

Check out how candidates have improved their position in gaining a badge. What changed?

Who’s Captain Bob?

Rob’s corner:  Wisdom and insight

Seminar dates

Links to other firefighter web sites

Coyright 1998 - 2016

 

 

"Getting the

job of your

dreams is

like winning

the lottery!"

 

 

 

 

 

"Nothing

counts 'til

you have

the badge

Nothing!"

 

Anything

less and

you're

still the

bridesmaid.

 

 

 

 

 

Site Map

Got A Question? Call or e-mail us here

Contact Us

LA City Fire Now Testing Monthly Here!

Entry Level Firefighter

Entry Level Coaching

Promotional

Law Enforcement Testing

Store/Shop

Get an Immediate Edge and Bonus when you sign up for our Free Newsletter here

FREE 101 Inside Secrets How to Get A Badge

Psychological Interviews

Written Test

There is a wealth of information in past issues of our newsletter here

CPAT Agility

Coaching Entry Level

Coaching Promotional

Shop

FREE 10 day test drive of inside secrets.  Learn more here

Resume Service

Five Nuggets for successful Oral boards

30 sample oral board questions

Bonus Nugget

Affiliate Program

New badges from our program

Check out how candidates have improved their position in gaining a badge. What changed?

Who’s Captain Bob?

Rob’s corner:  Wisdom and insight

Seminar dates

Links to other firefighter web sites

Coyright 1998 -2009

How to Become a Firefigher

Get an Immediate Edge and Bonus when you sign up for our Free Newsletter here

Site Map

Home

Store/Shop

FREE 101 Inside Secrets How to Get A Badge

Got A Question? Call or e-mail us here

LA City Fire Now Testing Monthly Here!

Los Angeles County Fire Testing

Entry Level Firefighter

Entry Level Coaching

Promotional

Law Enforcement Testing

Oral Board Tools

Products

Psychological Interviews

Written Test

There is a wealth of information in past issues of our newsletter here

CPAT Agility

Coaching Entry Level

Coaching Promotional

Shop

FREE 10 day test drive of inside secrets.  Learn more here

Resume Service

Five Nuggets for successful Oral boards

30 sample oral board questions

Bonus Nugget

Affiliate Program

New badges from our program

Check out how candidates have improved their position in gaining a badge. What changed?

Who’s Captain Bob?

Rob’s corner:  Wisdom and insight

Seminar dates

Links to other firefighter web sites

Coyright 1998 - 2010

 

 

"Getting the

job of your

dreams is

like winning

the lottery!"

 

 

 

 

 

"Nothing

counts 'til

you have

the badge

Nothing!"

 

Anything

less and

you're

still the

bridesmaid.

 

 

 

 

 

Site Map

Got A Question? Call or e-mail us here

Contact Us

LA City Fire Now Testing Monthly Here!

Entry Level Firefighter

Entry Level Coaching

Promotional

Law Enforcement Testing

Oral Board Tools

Home

Back to 101 Inside Secrets click here

Know About the Culture,

and Fitting In

We in the fire service are old school, are you going to be able to fit in?
  
There is one thing that every fire department in the united states, and probably the world have in common, it’s that they each have their own unique culture.

After you're hired you’ll find things that are done in the station that are traditions, or habit from so long ago, no one knows when it started or why in, many cases.  L.A. city has stations where every one changes shift at 0600 so they can beat the traffic. In some departments the newly hire firefighters are not to go to bed before their captain.  In one dept., by tradition when the meals are served the firefighters and medics eat first, followed by the engineers, captains, then chiefs, because they have the people who do the most work eat first.  Until a few years ago, in San Francisco the engineer was expected to hose off the wheels of the engine at 10pm each night, and they didn’t know why.  After doing some research they found out why.  It was because the old  apparatus would get horse manure on the wheels during the day and it would hurt the paint.

There is a change happening in our society today.  It’s called extended teenagership.  This is how people are describing that it is sometimes at age 26 or 28 that men are maturing to the level they would have been at 18, back in the 20’s or even the 60’s.  is this a bad thing?…well why is it happening.  In the 20’s there was a depression and everyone had to work to eat, and get by.  In the 60’s the average age of a foot soldier in Vietnam was 18 ½ years old.  You sure wouldn’t have to have your mom tell you twice to make your bed in the morning if people where shooting at you half way around the world the month before, you’d just be glad dinner wasn’t coming out of a can.

So, the fact that no traumas have made our young me mature before their ready is a good thing.  But, understand that the people you will be working for were from those other groups, and they don’t understand you.  You have to learn to fit in with their world not try to bring them into yours.  As a punishment in a lot of departments you have to buy ice-cream when you mess up.  How do you think these old schoolers responded when the rookie pulled out his cell phone and had his mom bring the ice-cream down to the station?

 What you may not understand is that when you are off in the training academy, everything you do is spread through the whole dept., and when you come out into the engine companies, right or wrong we feel we already know you.  DON’T START OUT BEHIND THE EIGHT BALL.  Do yourself the favor of keeping your nose clean until you know how to fit in.  the things you did in the training academy will be brought up at your retirement dinner.  We don’t forget.

If you can visit, or hang out with some of the people that work for a department you may be able to start learning their culture before you get hire, but be careful not to be a pest.  Good luck    
              

"Nothing counts 'til you have the badge . . . Nothing!"

Firefighter Rob

Rob is Captain Bob's Son.  He works for Contra Costa fire department. He does all the entry level coaching by phone nationwide.  You can contact him direct with your questions or set up a coaching appointment @ 707-869-1330.  or e-mail me @ nrtc@sonic.net

Ask Rob Any Question

Top of Page

Home

Back to 101 Inside Secrets click here