How to Prepare & Best Study for Your Firefighter Exam

As you begin your journey of becoming a firefighter, taking the firefighter written exam is one of the essential steps that you’ll take. This evaluation is often one of the earliest things you will do when you start the recruitment process and determines if you can continue throughout the process.
This eBook is packed with valuable and essential information that will help you excel in your firefighting written exam and take your studying to the next level, such as:
Key Exam Categories
This e-book will serve as a comprehensive guide on the six categories featured on many exams throughout the country, including:

1. Reading Comprehension
2. Observation and Memory
3. Mathematics
4. Spatial Orientation
5. Judgment and Reasoning
6. Mechanical Aptitude

Valuable tips for retaining essential information
Throughout the years, we have noticed that part of successfully acing a firefighting test is having the techniques needed to study and retain critical information. Thus, this guide will go over different tips and hacks that range from identifying prime study hours and fun ways to learn how to categorize your study sessions to help you achieve your goal.
Key Exam Categories
You can also expect to find advice from real firefighters with a proven track record in the industry and who have been where you are today, such as:
  • How to prepare for tour exam day
  • How to make a positive impression on the exam day
  • What to do if you failed the test or are not happy with your test’s score
  • And more
Sample Questions

We will go over 15 of the most common exam questions (and their answers) to show you the types of questions you can expect on your evaluation day.

Remember, all tests include between 100-150 multiple-choice or true/false questions, and you will need to answer at least 80% of them correctly to pass your exam successfully.

Study Guide Recommendations

This e-book also includes a study guide section with recommendations to ensure that you properly review all the information needed and cover each of the exam’s separate categories.

Steps you need to take after you’ve taken the exam

Taken your firefighter’s written test is only the beginning! Thus, this e-book will also cover the following steps after taking your exam to help you on your journey of becoming a firefighter, including:

  • When to expect your results and what to do with them
  • How to prepare for the physical evaluations that will follow
  • Pointers to ace the personal interview
  • Tips to help you choose a fire department that is right for you
  • And more

Are you ready to begin your study sessions and successfully pass your firefighter’s writing exam?

Read on to learn more about our practice test.

Firefighter Practice Test

You are ready to be a firefighter, but the department you are applying to requires you to pass a firefighting written test. Do not worry! We got you covered!

To ace your firefighting written test, you need to know what to expect. This practice test can help you achieve your goal of becoming a firefighter! It includes 30 of the most common questions to prepare you for the real evaluation and other vital information.

Plus, the test carries a separate answer key — allowing you to review areas of possible weakness.

Before you get started, however, there are a few things you should know.
For starters, the firefighter writing test will be comprised of two parts:

Part I

It measures a candidate’s mathematics abilities (e.g., addition, multiplication, square roots, decimals, fractions, etc.). It also tests their reading comprehension skills. 

Part II

It measures job-related personal knowledge and tests for unique traits proven to indicators of success within the firefighting career. 

More so, the evaluation includes 100 to 150 multiple-choice or true/false questions. You will need to answer at least 80% of the test right to pass the exam successfully.

Example Sample Questions on this practice exam:

1. You arrive on site of a fully engulfed house fire. The first thing you should do is? (Choose all that apply).
A. Determine if all occupants are out of the house or if you will need to complete a search and rescue.
B. Stage equipment.
C. Knock out windows to provide for ventilation.
D. Call for police support.

2. When extending an extension ladder, how do you know when you can stop? (Choose all that apply).
A. You have reached the window or area you need to go.
B. The ladder stops on its own.
C. The ladder locks in place.
D. A crew member tells you.

3. When you are first on the car accident scene, there is a victim stuck in one of the vehicles, the car is on fire, and the truck is still 5 minutes away. What do you do? (Choose all that apply)
A. Stop traffic.
B. Extract victim from the car.
C. Pull hose and prepare to pump.
D. Assess the situation thoroughly.

4. As a Firefighter, what do you use to put out a grease fire? (Choose all that apply)
A. Water
B. Class B Fire Extinguisher
C. Foam
D. Class A Fire Extinguisher

Firefighter written tests vary from state to state, however they all measure the abilities needed to be a successful firefighter. This practice test is a great baseline to get a general idea of what the test may be like.

Read on to learn more about our physical training manual for the physical part of the exam.

Firefighters Physical Training Manual (tips from real firefighters)

There are approximately 1,115,000 career and volunteer firefighters in the United States. It is one of the most popular civil service positions and also one of the most rewarding. However, do not be fooled by the numbers. Becoming a firefighter is no easy task.

Firefighting is a very demanding job that requires you to be physically and mentally fit. Thus, if you are considering pursuing a career in the fire department, you need to know what will be expected. After all, being a firefighter comes with great responsibility.

Aspiring firefighters need to be physically and mentally ready for the post — a very challenging goal! But, do not let this bring you down. This manual will help you prepare for the job by presenting valuable information created by firefighters for firefighters.

As a result, you can expect to find crucial information on:

General Requirements

If you want to be a firefighter, they are certain general conditions regarding age, medical history, and mental state. Plus, there are other important attributes needed, ranging from stamina and endurance to mental clarity and flexibility.

More so, depending on where you live, the list of qualifications might vary. For instance, some areas of the country may require you to take a Civil Service Test to apply for a firefighter position.

This eBook will cover sections from the CPAT Test

The CPAT test a crucial factor within the recruitment process. Individuals who wish to join the force must successfully pass this examination that includes eight physical agility tests:

  1.  Stair Climb
  2.  Ladder Raise and Extension
  3.  Equipment Carry
  4.  Hose Drag
  5.  Forcible Entry
  6.  Search
  7.  Rescue
  8.  Ceiling Breach and Pull

Each of these tests are designed to examine your skills as they are a good indicator of how you would perform in real-life situations.

Firefighting Drills & Techniques

You can also expect to find a list of the essential firefighting tasks as well as must-know procedures such as:

  1. Hose Roll
  2. The Old Mack Ladder Firefighting Training Drill
  3. Water Hook-ups
  4. Ski Lift Rescue Drill
  5. Fireman Leg Lock

Additionally, you will find team-building exercises used in many departments and drills that help build trust and camaraderie within the crew.

Remember, a significant part of being a firefighter is working as a team towards a common goal.

Daily training routines

The goal is to get you in the best physical shape possible. Thus, in this physical training manual, you will also find a comprehensive guide of daily training routines covering cardio, weights, and specific exercises.

At-home exercises

In this guide you will also find training techniques you can practice at home to use for the routines mentioned above. Including how many times you might want to perform these exercises to optimize your training during the next thirty days.

Please note that these exercises are only suggestions to help master the drills’ ability and strengthen the parts of the body and all the other attributes that will make a good firefighter, including endurance, strength
agility, stamina, communication, integrity, dedication, and trust.

Are you ready to begin your firefighting training journey? It will not be easy, but we promise it will be worth it!

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