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Really? YOU GOT FIRED FROM A DEPARTMENT?

2021-11-15T17:26:23+00:00

Really? YOU GOT FIRED FROM A DEPARTMENT? Let's get real here! One of the most difficult hurdles to get over is being fired by another department. It is a blow for sure. But, the cold, hard, truth is that there has been an alarming rate of new firefighters fired in their academy and during probation. So, what is going on here? Here is what we know: The number one reason new hires are getting fired is simple. These folks are showing up for their academy without being in good enough physical shape. That’s it. They are not physically ready for [...]

Really? YOU GOT FIRED FROM A DEPARTMENT?2021-11-15T17:26:23+00:00

Attitude is Everything

2021-11-15T23:21:09+00:00

Attitude is Everything. Attitude – ever since you were a kid, your parents have told you to mind your attitude. Behave yourself. Respect others. Be kind. And, so much more. In school, teachers may have praised you if you had a positive attitude in the classroom. Maybe you helped other kids or stood up to the bully. Your good attitude was noticed. Later in life, your first boss may have noticed you were a positive influence on others because you were a natural leader with a good attitude. What’s my point? My point is this - Although it seems like [...]

Attitude is Everything2021-11-15T23:21:09+00:00

It’s Finally Here!

2021-11-15T17:28:04+00:00

It’s Finally Here! Well, it's finally here. Your day has come. Congratulations! And, welcome, Brother. There were ups, downs, twists, and turns. No matter what happened and however long it took, you stuck with it. Persistence is key. You now have your badge. Let's back up and talk about the road traveled to get here. Sharing your experience could help others get the badge, too. Don't be too big for your britches. Share what happened along the way. Be open with recruits who may be so green behind the ears that a bit of encouragement could change his path. Yes. [...]

It’s Finally Here!2021-11-15T17:28:04+00:00

When You Think the Process is Easy – YOU ARE WRONG!

2021-10-14T20:17:20+00:00

When You Think the Process is Easy – YOU ARE WRONG! Here is the situation. Let's say that someone you know is a NAVY SEAL. Imagine the process that this SEAL went through to earn his status in the military – and it is quite prestigious to be a SEAL. Now – imagine that this SEAL has always wanted to be a firefighter. One would think that this person would easily be fit for duty and earn the firefighter's badge. Right? Wrong! Yep, that's right. This super qualified candidate couldn't get hired.  Why?  He couldn't score high enough on the [...]

When You Think the Process is Easy – YOU ARE WRONG!2021-10-14T20:17:20+00:00

They Call Me Poodle

2021-09-01T19:21:16+00:00

They Call Me Poodle The pressure is on. There is no turning back. You have wanted this your whole life. If there is ever a time when you feel as though you are under a microscope, it is during an intense series of job interviews – like the ones you will experience in the firefighter hiring process. Here is what I mean: A guy goes in for his oral interview in Berkeley, Calif. He had education, experience, and street cred. He is ready to knock 'em dead. He was asked to tell the board about a stressful situation at work. [...]

They Call Me Poodle2021-09-01T19:21:16+00:00

There is No Need to Create Trails!

2021-09-22T17:18:27+00:00

There is No Need to Create Trails! In all my years in Fire Service, one thing stands out and shocks me again and again. I cannot believe what many candidates will freely and willingly reveal! Let me explain: Often, candidates will call me after an oral board, background check, or psychological interview. They are concerned by some information they have revealed. Usually, this is related to something from their past. Did you hear that correctly – I SAID SOMETHING FROM THEIR PAST. My first question is, who besides you knows the ins and outs of this past event. Whom could [...]

There is No Need to Create Trails!2021-09-22T17:18:27+00:00

Crossing the Bridges

2021-09-01T18:50:20+00:00

Crossing the Bridges Part of the work we do in preparing recruits for the firefighter testing process involves fielding phone calls. We get many, many phone calls. Some of these calls are from folks who want help with the Oral portion of a test. First, I ask the date of the Oral. The usual response is that the Oral has not been scheduled yet. They have just put in the application. For those of us training others, having more time to help our trainees is a good thing. We’ve been trying to get people to reach out to eatstress.com while [...]

Crossing the Bridges2021-09-01T18:50:20+00:00

Getting that Phone Call

2021-08-09T19:20:52+00:00

Getting that Phone Call Here is what Josh wrote: “Today, I'm writing with a sigh of relief. I have been offered a position with a department in Oregon. I start January 3rd. I want to thank everyone for the help and encouragement down the long path. I want to say a special thank you to Fire Captain Bob. Without his words of wisdom, I don't think I would be writing this letter. He took me under his wing and guided me through the dark waters of the testing process. To give you an example of Captain Bob’s dedication, he called [...]

Getting that Phone Call2021-08-09T19:20:52+00:00

Thanks, Coach!

2021-09-01T19:04:20+00:00

Thanks, Coach! Do you remember being in high school and you had a tough class? You had to pass otherwise you would not be able to play sports or worse, your parents would be pissed. What did you do? Well, if you are like some, you asked the teacher for extra help or you found someone to study with on a regular basis. Maybe you did both. The other option would have been to find a tutor. Working with a specialist one on one can make all the difference in the world. Participating in our EatStress Private Coaching is that [...]

Thanks, Coach!2021-09-01T19:04:20+00:00

Mechanical Principles: The Ins & Outs

2021-09-01T19:03:26+00:00

Mechanical Principles: The Ins & Outs If you are interested in being a firefighter or maybe your hiring process has already started, congrats! Let the games begin. This journey will be unlike any other interview you have ever experienced. Let’s talk MECHANICAL PRINCIPLES. Here is an introduction to help you with what many find difficult in the exam process: PULLEYS: 1. The more pulleys, the easier it is to pull or lift an object. 2. The more pulleys involved, the greater distance you must pull. Even still, the more pulleys it is still easier to lift an object. 3. The [...]

Mechanical Principles: The Ins & Outs2021-09-01T19:03:26+00:00

Using Capt Bob’s program I was called back for the chiefs oral. I ended up #2 on the list and...
Becoming a Firefighter
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2018-04-22T16:44:54+00:00
Using Capt Bob’s program I was called back for the chiefs oral. I ended up #2 on the list and now proudly wear the badge for Denver. I would not have been in this position if it wasn’t for “Captain Bob’s” program.  
“I tested for 10 years taking 73 tests. My next oral was in two weeks. I wanted to figure out...
Becoming a Firefighter
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2018-04-22T16:47:33+00:00
“I tested for 10 years taking 73 tests. My next oral was in two weeks. I wanted to figure out what the heck I was doing wrong… with Captain Bob’s program and coaching, I was shocked to see I had ranked number one and got my badge.”  
“The only hinder that I found myself with was not passing the oral… For all of the candidates out there...
Becoming a Firefighter
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2018-04-22T16:51:46+00:00
“The only hinder that I found myself with was not passing the oral… For all of the candidates out there that don’t believe this, try passing and ranking #1 on orals with a stuttering problem…I did.” – Dave, FF/PM  
Using Capt Bob’s program I was called back for the chiefs oral. I ended up #2 on the list and...
Becoming a Firefighter
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2018-04-22T17:01:21+00:00
Using Capt Bob’s program I was called back for the chiefs oral. I ended up #2 on the list and now proudly wear the badge for Denver. I would not have been in this position if it wasn’t for “Captain Bob’s” program.
“Well, I never thought I would be writing this to you, Captain Bob, but it happened to me also… Out...
Becoming a Firefighter
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2018-04-22T17:02:45+00:00
“Well, I never thought I would be writing this to you, Captain Bob, but it happened to me also… Out of a possible 120 pts, I scored 119.87 pts! I couldn’t believe it! … Just wanted to say THANK YOU!” – Armando  
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