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The Background Check 

2020-07-01T17:41:02+00:00

The Background Check  That’s right. You have made your decision and are ready to give it your all to become a firefighter. You are committed to doing everything you can, within reason, to earn your badge. We hear what you are saying. And, all of us at eatsress.com want this for you, too. Let’s get started. How does your background look? Even if you are already a firefighter and making a lateral move, you will still have to go through every step in the hiring process, just like you did as an applicant. You read that right. You will start at square [...]

The Background Check 2020-07-01T17:41:02+00:00

Applying For A Lateral Position

2020-05-28T18:50:13+00:00

Applying For A Lateral Position The biggest problem when seasoned veterans take entry-level or lateral tests is that they can’t place themselves in the position of being a snotty-nosed rookie. It’s hard for them to remember what it was like to be the newbie. Instead, they try to hammer the Oral Board with their credentials. They think the Board will just hand them the job. But, the truth is that their Oral Board skills are rusty and antiquated. They are out of sync with what is needed. Here is our advice: Leave your time and rank in your locker. You [...]

Applying For A Lateral Position2020-05-28T18:50:13+00:00

Commit To Your Career

2020-05-28T21:08:57+00:00

Commit To Your Career Over the years, we have helped thousands – yes, thousands – earn the badge. At eatstress.com, we work with candidates through not only private coaching but also guide them along when they choose a more independent route. We hear from candidates when they succeed. We hear from candidates when they feel they have hit a wall. And, we can help them turn the corner. Here is what I mean. Hello Capt. Bob, I have read a lot about you on the "perfect firefighter" site. And, after visiting your site, I feel confident that you can help me. [...]

Commit To Your Career2020-05-28T21:08:57+00:00

Dreams Do Come True – When Prepared

2020-05-29T16:56:53+00:00

Dreams Do Come True – When Prepared Having over 40 plus years in fire service, I can brag and tell you that I know a thing or two. I hear from candidates every day about their struggles and difficulties scoring high enough to get the job done. With our program, we work to help them discover what is holding them back and what needs to be overcome in order to get them the badge. One candidate emailed me the following: I didn't realize how incredibly dead in the water I was. You see, I thought my answers to the oral [...]

Dreams Do Come True – When Prepared2020-05-29T16:56:53+00:00

Which Path Will You Take?

2020-05-29T17:07:58+00:00

Which Path Will You Take? In our last four academies, we hired 39 medics and 12 firefighters. Here was the thinking….our department wanted a medic at each station. As a result, we were down about 25-30 people. And, we didn’t hire all medics because medics weren’t the people who were retiring. The long and short is that we didn’t need everyone to be a medic. We just needed some to be medics. Here is what happened. When I asked around to find out which of the 51 people had a degree, no one knew. You see, at least with my [...]

Which Path Will You Take?2020-05-29T17:07:58+00:00

How Long Can You Tread Water? 

2020-05-28T20:54:42+00:00

How Long Can You Tread Water? I could not agree more with the value of an education. Education can and will help you in many ways. But, here is the truth – everyone has an opinion about this, and there are exceptions to every rule.  How does that translate to a career in Fire Service? There are many roads to earning your firefighter’s badge, and there are no guarantees in life, no matter the path you take.    If you want that badge – and cannot think of anything that you want more, then ask yourself who’s getting the badge? Are [...]

How Long Can You Tread Water? 2020-05-28T20:54:42+00:00

It’s An Early Christmas!

2020-03-07T01:03:29+00:00

It's An Early Christmas! I told Nick that in our experience, this meeting was going to include a job offer conditional on passing the medical.  It was exciting news. This was an emotional time. Not only did Nick get this e-mail on his birthday, but he was driving home for Thanksgiving the next day. That very next week, Nick was with the other candidates in the lobby when they called his name first. As it turned out, my prediction was correct. This was a job offer pending the medical.  I told Nick they probably called him first because he was [...]

It’s An Early Christmas!2020-03-07T01:03:29+00:00

Not Your Momma’s Oral

2020-03-07T00:38:25+00:00

Not Your Momma’s Oral Sometimes, you will hear folks talk about how easy it was in the '70s to get hired as a firefighter. Back then, people got hired right off the street. There was no test. It was just a handshake. You see, fire departments in the late '60s and early '70s earned incentives for hiring guys coming back from Vietnam. Those guys now have 30 years in service, and they are ready to retire. They are prepared to pass the torch. Here is the reality. There isn't a department in any state that isn't looking at several firefighters [...]

Not Your Momma’s Oral2020-03-07T00:38:25+00:00

LIFE IS TIMING

2020-03-07T01:19:36+00:00

LIFE IS TIMING While in Washington DC with our 13 and 15-year-old grandsons, I read a topic on one of the firefighter bulletin boards. A candidate, named Mike, was asking a scenario question about a firefighter who showed up for a shift and had been drinking. What do you do? I thought Mike received some bad advice on how to answer the question. Right away, I emailed Mike to call me. He told me he was from NJ, had taken 5 tests, was spinning his wheels. He said to me that in two weeks, he would be heading to South [...]

LIFE IS TIMING2020-03-07T01:19:36+00:00
“Well, I never thought I would be writing this to you, Captain Bob, but it happened to me also… Out...
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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  
Using Capt Bob’s program I was called back for the chiefs oral. I ended up #2 on the list and...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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.
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