1. Don’t wait to start preparing! If this promotion is something you want, you need to be studying and getting ready. Below is information on the upcoming promotional process. Check back to this site, as there will be updates. There is a presentation below on what your process will include (Candidate Overview) and another presentation on just the Tactical.
2. There are two main components to the upcoming process. A traditional written test and several assessment exercises.
3. Preparing for the Written Test:
- You should consider getting your own books for your own notes and highlighting (as opposed to using station copies). You can buy them using the links below, or shop online. Make sure you get the right edition, use the ISBN when shopping.
- For both District Chief and Lieutenant, the book Firefighting Strategies & Tactics – 2nd edition (ISBN 1418048933) by Angle, Gala, Harlow, Lombardo & Maciuba has been selected. It is published by Delmar. To buy a new copy, CLICK HERE.
- For Lieutenant, the other textbook is Fire Officer: Principles and Practice, 2nd edition (ISBN-10: 1449601626) published by Jones & Bartlett. To buy a new copy, CLICK HERE .
- For District Chief the other textbook is Chief Officer: Principles & Practice (ISBN-10: 0763779296) published by Jones & Bartlett. To buy a new copy,CLICK HERE.
- Policies – the department will provide candidates with a CD with the department’s and regional policies. All supplied policies can be included in the promotional process.
- Look discerningly at the content of the books and write your own questions, or even better, get with other candidates and share questions, quiz each other.
- There are student workbooks from Jones & Bartlett with questions for Company Officer 2nd edition
- Rapid Fire has web or CD based questions for the Company Officer book. For more information or to order CLICK HERE.
- The written test will utilize electronic response devices that will be record your responses electronically instead of pencil “bubble” card. We’ll practice with them at the Orientation, if you can operate a basic TV remote – you are all set. See the below “Overview” for more about the response devices.
4. Preparing for the Assessment Exercises and Rapid Decision Segment
The biggest concept is to prepare to do the job, not the test. And like most things, you can’t just read about something, you have to practice. You can’t be a proficient musician by only reading how to play the instrument or doing online training, you have to actually pick it up and play it. Do practice tactical and interpersonal scenarios.
For the Tactical: Review actual incidents, practice at http://www.fireengineering.com/training/fire-simulations.html. We will demonstrate the process and do a couple practice scenarios at the Orientation. We’ll also go over the scoring. There is a presentation below with lots of pointers that work just as well on real fires.
For the Conflict/Problem resolution, know the department’s procedures and review the textbook’s information. Like the tactical, we will demonstrate the process and do a couple practice scenarios at the Orientation. We’ll also go over the scoring.
5. How interested are you in being promoted?
Ascend Leadership does not conduct candidate preparation classes or tutoring. We will conduct a very detailed Orientation on how the process will work several weeks before the process is conducted, but by then you should be well on your way to be fully prepared as far as the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities.
The best fire service text on how to prepare is Anthony Kastos’ Mastering the Fire Service Assessment Center. This is an excellent tool to help you prepare for the process – and for the job. For more information or to order CLICK HERE.
There also is a Fire Engineering DVD series that is an excellent study tool entitled “The Right Seat – Company Officer Development Beyond the Textbook”. It has a series of situations that the officer must resolve. After each, a group of officers from around the country give input on how they would handle each situation. FULL DISCLOSURE – the DVD series was developed by this company, and was in part designed for the purpose of preparing candidates for testing. The scenarios on the DVDs are not used in your testing, but are a good study tool for this test or for testing by other vendors or fire departments. For more information or to order CLICK HERE.
TUTORS and CANDIDATE PREPARATION SERVICES
There are a number of such providers. (NOTE: while we know of excellent results using the below, Ascend Leadership does not own or control them and therefore cannot guarantee services or outcomes). Remember different testing services conduct their processes differently, before you engage a tutor determine they are familiar with Ascend Leadership’s processes.
- Chief Freddie – www.chieffreddie.com – Freddie Fernandez – 305 772-0595 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Emergency Services Management Group – Kingman Schuldt – 954 914-4210 email@example.com
- An online class provider and personal tutor http://fireassessmentcenterprep.com David Johns 561 718-9589 ChiefJohns@gmail.com
6. Check this page for updates and more information as you prepare.
NOTE: IF YOU ARE NOT WITH THE ABOVE FIRE RESCUE DEPARTMENT, YOU ARE STILL WELCOME TO REVIEW THE POWER POINTS AND THE ABOVE INFORMATION TO GAIN INSIGHT FOR YOUR DEPARTMENT’S TESTING. JUST BE CAREFUL THAT THE TEXTS LISTED WILL IN ALL LIKELINESS BE DIFFERENT FROM YOUR DEPARTMENT’S TEST RESOURCES, AND THE PROCESSES DESCRIBED HEREIN MAY BE DIFFERENT FROM THE PROVIDER DOING YOUR DEPARTMENT’S TEST.