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Promotional Preparation and Officer Development Related Information:

To view career development and other fire service related articles or blogs authored by Steve Prziborowski and published in the major fire service publications and websites, click on the following links:

The great personnel that host FireNuggets.com (Berkeley Firefighters Association, Local 1227), have been kind enough to allow me to write a regular column in FireNuggets titled "The Career Corner." To subscribe (it's Free!), or to view some of the past articles I have written as shown below, go to www.firenuggets.com

 

  • November/December 2007: So, you want to get promoted in the fire service? General guidelines to assist you!
  • January/February 2011: Promotional preparation to-do list.
  • August/September 2014: Getting promoted in the fire service, prepare for the position, not the test (Part 1)!
  • October/November 2014: Getting promoted in the fire service, prepare for the position, not the test (Part 2)!
  • January/February 2015: You didn't pass the promotional exam, now what?
  • March/April 2015: You didn't get promoted, now what (Part 2)?
  • May June 2015: You didn't get promoted, now what (Part 1)?
  • July/August 2015: What to expect on the Engineer promotional exam!
  • September/October 2015: What to expect on the Company Officer promotional exam!
  • November/December 2015: What to expect on the Battalion Chief promotional exam!
  • January 2016:  Career Development is a Journey, not a Destination!
  • March 2016:  What to expect on the Company Officer or Chief Officer Written Promotional Exam!
  • May 2016:  How to get involved in your department and your community!
  • July 2016:  Volunteer opportunities for the future (or current) Firefighter
  • September 2016:  Getting hired or promoted is a MINDSET.
  • November 2016:  Common questions to answer during a promotional assessment center.
  • January/February 2017:  The Fire Officer Promise - Part 1.
  • March/April 2017:  The Fire Officer Promise - Part 2.
  • May/June 2017:  Questions you may get asked during the Emergency Simulation Exercise.
  • July/August 2017:  Ace that next Oral Presentation!
  • Many, many more to come!
  • To view those issues free of charge, go to www.firenuggets.com

 

Podcast published on Rich Gasaway's website - www.samatters.com

 

Podcast published on Pete Lamb's website - www.petelamb.com

 

Tim Sendelbach, Editor-in-Chief of Firehouse Magazine (formerly Editor at Fire Rescue Magazine), interviewing Steve:

 

Webinar hosted by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), Volunteer & Combination Officers Section:

 

 

(Scroll down and go to January 2, 2015 - from there you can download or play it back).

Promotional Preparation & Officer Development PowerPoint Presentations:

How to Excel at Fire Department Promotional Exams - 1 Day Class Handout
From the 1 day class I presented at the annual California Training Officers Symposium in Fresno, CA on November 18, 2016.
Fresno Symposium 2016 How To Excel 1 day[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [6.4 MB]
How To Excel At Fire Department Promotional Exams - The Key Points
This PowerPoint presentation will offer some key points from the most commonly seen assessment center events.
Key Points For Your Next Promotional Exa[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [5.9 MB]
Top 10 Contributing Factors For Firefighter Line Of Duty Deaths (LODDs)
This is a PowerPoint presentation I have used in the past to highlight the top 10 contributing factors of Firefighter LODDs so that we can do our best to learn from history and not allow history to repeat itself in the form of another LODD. If we truly care about those who have lost their life, we won't just say "never forget," we will truly do what we can to never forget through our actions!
Top 10 Reasons For Firefighter LODDs.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [4.4 MB]
101 Drills for the Company Officer & The Company Officer as the Training Officer of their crew
This is a PowerPoint presentation I have used in the past to offer suggestions to the Company Officer to be the best Training Officer of their crew, including 101 different drills that can be used over the course of the year. Additionally tips are offered to be the best instructor you can be!
101 Drills for the Company Officer.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [3.6 MB]
Leadership Lessons Learned AFTER Getting Promoted To Fire Officer
This is a PowerPoint presentation I have used in the past to focus on 100 different lessons learned AFTER I was promoted to both Captain, Battalion Chief and even now as a Deputy Chief. As they say, if we only knew now what we knew then... Hopefully some of these key points will assist you with your career development.
Leadership Lessons Learned After Getting[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [6.3 MB]
Survival Skills For The Newly Promoted Battalion Chief
This is a PowerPoint presentation I have used in the past to offer some suggestions of various survival skills for someone transitioning to the chief officer ranks.
BC survival skills.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.9 MB]
Reading Smoke - The Sequel
This is a PowerPoint presentation courtesy of Dave Dodsen and Billy Goldfeder. If you haven't checked out the Reading Smoke information provided by Chief Dave Dodson, you're missing out on a lot of valuable info that will make you safer and just may save your life, or the life of a brother or sister Firefighter.
Reading_Smoke_Sequel.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [8.7 MB]
Residential Sprinkler Systems
Many Firefighters still reject or downplay the value of fire sprinklers. If you are one that fits into one of those two areas, hopefully this PowerPoint presentation will help convince you of the benefit of having fire sprinklers in at least every residential structure.
Residential Fire Sprinklers.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [2.6 MB]

Promotional Preparation & Officer Development Documents:

Rescue - Are You Going In Or Staying Outside?
A great article that discusses 2 in / 2 out and what actually constitutes a "Rescue," a term that is very often confused and misunderstood. If you are a company officer or chief officer, this is a must read BEFORE you ever decide whether to go inside a structure on fire to initiate emergency rescue activities or stay outside to wait for more personnel to arrive.
Rescue - In or out?.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [117.9 KB]
Top 10 Contributing Factors To Firefighter Line Of Duty Deaths (LODDs)
This is a companion to the above PowerPoint presentation - a cheat sheet of sorts to narrow down in a bullet point format the top 10 contributing factors to Firefighter LODDs.
10 factors to LODDs 2015.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [102.5 KB]
Article: Are We Just Giving Lip Service To Safety?
This is a quick read, a one page article I wrote for the International Association of Fire Chiefs On Scene Newsletter. It addresses the need for the fire service to take safety more seriously, and not just give lip service to the word safety.
IAFC On Scene Article Lip Service to Saf[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [1.2 MB]
Oral Interview - Opening & Closing Statements
Learn how to create jaw-dropping opening and closing statements that will help stand you apart (in a positive way) from your competitors!
Opening Closing Statement Handout.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [227.4 KB]
Oral Interview Preparation Tips
Even though the tips within this attachment came from being on an entry-level oral board for over a week, many of the suggestions within apply to oral interviews of all ranks.
Oral Interview Preparation Tips.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [156.3 KB]
Sample Fire Captain / Company Officer Oral Interview Questions
Captain Oral Interview Questions 2016.pd[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [74.7 KB]
Sample Battalion Chief Oral Interview Questions
BC Oral Interview Questions.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [63.8 KB]
Sample Personnel Counseling Problems
A series of practice questions you can use if you are preparing for an upcoming company officer or chief officer promotional examination, or if you just want a refresher on how to handle various personnel scenarios.
Sample Personnel Counseling Problems.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [74.8 KB]
Sample Personnel Expectations for a Captain to give to their Probationary Firefighter
Establishing expectations is critical to your success as a supervisor, manager, and/or leader. These are some expectations I used to share with probationary Firefighters when I was a Captain. Feel free to use these as a starting point to make your own!
Probationary Firefighter Expectations 1.[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [102.8 KB]
Battalion Chief Expectations Of Captains & Crews - Version #2
If you are a current or future company officer or chief officer, establishing personnel expectations is a must. This is a sample to use to create your own.
BC Expectations of Captains 2.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [99.3 KB]
Personnel Counseling Scenario - Sample Promotional Exam Scoring Sheet
Personnel Counseling Scoring Sheet.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [77.1 KB]
Emergency Scene Priorities For The Incident Commander
Whether you are a company officer or a chief officer, there is a great chance you will be first on scene of a working incident and have to serve as at least the initial Incident Commander until relieved by a higher ranking officer. This document will help you create your own action plan upon arrival and offer a check list of sorts to make sure you successfully manage the incident from start to finish.
Emergency Scene Priorities For The IC.pd[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [175.1 KB]
Four phases to manage an incident (cheat sheet to ensure you're covering the bases)
Four Phases To Manage Incident.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [92.2 KB]
Tactical Worksheet
Whether you are a company officer or a chief officer, at some point you will serve as an Incident Commander. One of most important things an Incident Commander can do is to track on paper what is occurring and what is getting done. This is a tactical worksheet I put together to help me manage incidents to ensure I covered all the bases.
Tactical Worksheet 2015.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [91.6 KB]

Entry-Level Firefighter Preparation PowerPoint Presentations:

Being the best Firefighter candidate you can be!
This is a PowerPoint presentation I have used to inspire future Firefighters to be the best they can be, and to also provide numerous key points for success!
Being Best You Can Be Firefighter Candid[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [1.3 MB]
25 Reasons to hire you as a Firefighter
This is a PowerPoint presentation I have used to provide 25 key points to future Firefighters to ensure they focus on what they need to focus on to get the badge! To view a DVD that covers all of these key points in more detail, go to www.firealumni.com
25 Reasons To Hire You As a FF.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [3.6 MB]
3 most important phases of the Firefighter hiring process
This PowerPoint presentations focuses on the 3 most important phases of the Firefighter hiring process - the oral interview, the fire academy, and the probationary period.
3 most important phases of hiring proces[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [1.3 MB]

Entry-Level Firefighter Preparation Documents:

So, You Want To Become A Firefighter? 5 Key Points To Assist You!
For anyone starting the process or fairly new to the process of becoming a Firefighter, this document will provide a great road map to set anyone up for success!
FirefighterPreparationSCCFD2015.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [602.0 KB]

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How To Excel At Fire Department Promotional Exams by Steve Prziborowski

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The Future Firefighter's Preparation Guide by Steve Prziborowski

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