General tips for success while you’re around firefighters:
- Remember first impressions count.
- It’s not a job interview. We want to know the type of person you are. Try and be yourself.
- Be respectful. Don’t interrupt. Be an active listener. Engage in a dialogue.
- Be professional. Make sure you ask thoughtful questions and don’t reiterate the same question over and over.
- Be mindful. Don’t ask sensitive questions. Ask questions about the job NOT personal questions about the firefighter.
- Be considerate.
Questions to consider asking:
- Are all fire departments the same? If not, then what makes Murray Fire different?
- What do you think I need to know before I get into this career?
- What is the most useful life skillset that translates into being a successful firefighter?
- What helps make you stand out as a firefighter candidate?
- How do you handle some of the negative aspects of the job?
- Do you think there is a cumulative effect from the calls that you go on?
- Any degree is great to have, however a fire science and health promotions, business management, or other related fields are suggested but none are required.
- Your first class is likely to be your EMT.
- A Paramedic license with a great attitude is your number one piece of education that makes you valuable. 75% of our calls will be medical related.
- We often send new recruits through a fire academy, but if you have already been through a recruit class this may also be helpful.
- Any specialty courses are great to have. (Hazmat, fire inspector, water rescue, and many more)
If you have further questions, feel free to contact our Main Fire Station at 801-264-2780