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Future Firefighter Experience

Firehouse World is offering this unique package to all students who are going through the steps to become a firefighter. The FREE package is available on Wednesday or Thursday using promo code ST1.

The program is intended to give future firefighters an upper hand at the tedious hiring process for the position of firefighter. Sessions on hiring and testing are coupled with networking opportunities and the chance to get hands-on with the latest equipment available to firefighters.


This is what Armony Alvarenga, second year student at Santa Anna College had to say about the Future Firefighters experience program at last year's show:

"It's very good to get the knowledge that (the instructor) gave us, just so you know what steps not to take and how to avoid the common mistakes that others make."

"I thought I couldn't take any tests until I get my schooling done. Then (Steve Prziborowski) told me to take every test that I can, just so I can get myself out there."

"I learned that, during the interview process, it's good to get my age out there because the younger you are, the better chance my name goes to the top of the list. During the interview process, talking about myself and making my views known are important. I didn't think that before. Carefully choosing your words was important."

Reach For The Firefighter Badge: How To Master The Firefighter Testing Process

Wednesday, Feb 19 2014 10:15AM-11:15AM
Thursday, Feb 20 2014 11:30AM - 1:00PM

Steve Prziborowski, Deputy Chief, Santa Clara County, CA, FD

This session is intended to expose future firefighters to what most fire departments are requiring as part of their entry-level hiring process in order to become a firefighter in their department. Attendees will be provided numerous key points to the most commonly found events within an entry-level firefighter hiring process: locating who is testing, submitting applications and resumes, researching a fire department, the written examination, the physical ability test, the oral interview, the chief's interview, the background investigation, the psychological examination, the medical examination, and the recruit academy. Learn from the successes and failures of others to ensure you are as prepared as you can be when it comes time to take the test for your dream fire department! One mistake can eliminate you from the process and force you to wait a few years until that department tests again.

How To Excel At The 3 Most Important Phases Of The Firefighter Hiring Process

Wednesday, Feb 19 2014 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Thursday, Feb 20 2014 1:15PM - 2:45PM

Steve Prziborowski, Deputy Chief, Santa Clara County, CA, FD

Becoming a firefighter is very challenging, as it should be. It is the best career I can think of and as they say, nothing worth having comes easy. This session is intended to prepare the future firefighter for success during the three most important phases of the hiring process: the oral interview, the recruit academy and the probationary period, all of which will be covered in more detail than the other session I am presenting. In most departments, the oral interview is 100% of your overall ranking on the hiring list, and your ticket into the recruit academy. Just because you're successful in making it to the recruit academy or even after that into the probationary period doesn't mean you're home free. It is not uncommon for fire departments to terminate recruits during the academy or the probationary period. I plan to share numerous tips and lessons from over 20 years of experience starting when I was a future firefighter and now as the deputy chief of training responsible for recruit and probationary firefighters

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