| Firefighter Career Opportunities - Firefighter Preparation

by Dean Guccione on December 3, 2015. In this video, Chief Dean Guccione discusses the different career opportunities you have as a firefighter candidate. Most people opt for a career as a municipal firefighter with a local city or county. Some cities may be small or large depending on the opportunities you are seeking. Some candidates may want to work as a private firefighter for a business/company or the federal government. Others may want to be a wildland firefighter and work for the US Forest Service, or be a smoke jumper or work on a Hot Shot crew. Then others may want to get experience as a Military firefighter in the Air Force or Navy. If becoming a firefighter for a municipal fire department is your goal, then focus on that. However, gaining experience in other areas of the fire service is great preparation for a career with a city or municipal fire department. Enjoy!


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| Are You A Future Fire Service Leader - Firefighter Oral Interview Preparation

by Dean Guccione on November 7, 2015. In this week's video, I ask you the question, "are you a future fire service leader?" The fire service is being hit with the baby boomers retiring from the fire service at a record pace, which is creating a large amount of vacancies and inexperience for municipal fire departments. This change in the fire service has interview panels looking at your potential leadership as a future fire service leader. You may be asked a direct question about where you see yourself in 3 to 5, or 5 to 10 years, or the panel may be passively looking for leadership skills you possess. I'm going to give you a number of examples to show you where you may have hidden leadership skills/experience and how to articulate them to the panel. It's important that you incorporate these skills into your interview because who you may become in their fire department is in the forefront of their minds. Enjoy!

| Firefighter Oral Interview Preparation - Why Do You REALLY Want To Become A Firefighter?

by Dean Guccione on October 17, 2015. Firefighter Oral Interview Question - Why Do You REALLY Want To Become A Firefighter? Chief Dean Guccione discusses the two areas, including your personal story, you must articulate to the oral interview panel to answer this question and knock it out of the park on this common question. Dean gives you a little bit about his story and why he loves being a firefighter. You will be given many ideas that you can expound and build upon to create an answer for you that will help you kill it in your next interview. Enjoy!

| How To Become A Firefighter Quicker And Easier. Steps You Can Take Now - Firefighter Oral Interview Preparation

by Dean Guccione on October 9, 2015. This week I discuss how to get hired quicker and easier than you ever thought possible. Chief Guccione discusses the key areas in pursuing your goal of becoming a full time, professional firefighter that will help you get hired quicker and the steps you need to take to be successful. He talks about having a plan, preparing effectively, finding a coach/mentor, and taking every test you can. He reminds you to always do those things that helps you work towards achieving your goals. This is a video you will want to come back to and review at least once a month.

| Firefighter Oral Interview Situational Question - When A Senior Firefighter Eats Your Food/Cereal/Milk Without Asking Permission. What Would You Do?

by Dean Guccione on September 4, 2015. This week I discuss how to properly answer one of the most difficult interview situational questions: "What do you do when a senior firefighter eats your food/cereal/milk without asking permission?" This type of question fails a huge percentage of candidates, and Chief Dean Guccione shows you how to deal with this question like a top candidate.

| The Firefighter Hiring Process (Part 1)

by Dean Guccione on August 14, 2015. In this week's video blog I will discuss the firefighter hiring process and why your background is such a critical component in your success of realizing your dream of becoming a firefighter.

| The Firefighter Hiring Process (Part 2)

by Dean Guccione on August 14, 2015. This was an extra long video this week, so I broke it up into two parts, so it will be easier to get the most out of the content.

| How To Properly Fill Out Your Firefighter Application

by Dean Guccione on July 24, 2015. Use these tips for filling out your application, otherwise it may be rejected or disqualified by the department for which you're applying.