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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Freespool Publications; Fifth Edition edition (December 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972993452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972993456
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Finally a worthwhile book to help entry-level candidates compete in the interview process. Chief Lepore's advice will help improve candidate's scores across the country." --Deputy Chief Vincent Dunn, FDNY

"Smoke Your Firefighter Interview is an excellent resource that will help the future firefighter candidate better prepare themselves and improve their scores for the most important phase of the hiring process, the oral interview. I recommend this book to anyone that is pursuing a career as a firefighter;" it is something I wish I had available to me when I was testing for the position of firefighter." --Captain Steve Prziborowsk

Paul's book is a must read for future firefighters. It is among the best preparation guides for the career of firefighter that I have ever read. --Firefighter Simmer Harry, Texas

About the Author

Currently, I am a shift Division Chief for a Southern California Fire Department where I am assigned to manage the Special Services Division. In addition to managing the emergency responses for the city my responsibilities include managing the EMS Division, emergency Operations Center and the CERT program. With 28 years of experience in the fire service proctoring oral interviews and promotional examinations I decided to write several books for those aspiring firefighters. I have conducted numerous seminars at national conventions to teach and mentor both promotional and entry-level candidates alike. My objective in writing these books is to help the aspiring firefighter set a clearly defined goal, laying out the steps to reach it and diligently working to become the ideal candidate and ultimately a professional firefighter. The three books and one Audio CD I have written were published through Freespool Enterprises, DBA Aspiring Firefighters. In addition, my wife and I founded EMS Safety Services, Inc., which specializes in the development of emergency response educational programs and the retail of quality cost-effective emergency response products. An AED/CPR and First Aid Training Corporation that certifies over 200,000 students each year. As an avid saltwater fisherman I have also written a book titled, "Sport Fishing in Baja".

More About the Author

Currently, I am a shift Division Chief for a Southern California Fire Department where I am assigned to manage the Special Services Division. In addition to managing the emergency responses for the city my responsibilities include managing the EMS Division, emergency Operations Center and the CERT program. With 28 years of experience in the fire service proctoring oral interviews and promotional examinations I decided to write several books for those aspiring firefighters. I have conducted numerous seminars at national conventions to teach and mentor both promotional and entry-level candidates alike. My objective in writing these books is to help the aspiring firefighter set a clearly defined goal, laying out the steps to reach it and diligently working to become the ideal candidate and ultimately a professional firefighter. The three books and one Audio CD I have written were published through Freespool Enterprises, DBA Aspiring Firefighters. In addition, my wife and I founded EMS Safety Services, Inc., which specializes in the development of emergency response educational programs and the retail of quality cost-effective emergency response products. An AED/CPR and First Aid Training Corporation that certifies over 200,000 students each year. As an avid saltwater fisherman I have also written a book titled, "Sport Fishing in Baja".

Customer Reviews

I went into reading this book hoping for some help.
Mason
Chief Lepore puts you in the seat of the interviewer showing you how to be the candidate that the board is looking for.
jstone520
Definitely a must have if you're applying to fire departments.
Scott Hunter

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By AD on December 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book has helped me immensely in improving my firefighter interview skills. I went from not passing interviews to being hired as a firefighter. The important thing that Chief Lepore does in this book is help people understand the logic and thought processes behind answering interview questions. Anyone can memorize a textbook answer, but once you understand the logic behind it you are then able to dynamically answer any question thrown your way and it will be an answer that is from the heart. Thanks Chief Lepore!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Staff Sergeant on November 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
I have begun the hiring process with local Fire Departments and I feel very confident with the interviews after studying and reviewing this book. Truly there is no other book out there that provides so much information specifically for Fire Department Oral Interviews.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fman74 on November 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
With out a doubt one of the best tools an aspiring firefighter should have. A great easy to read and understand book about the most over looked part of getting hired by a fire department. The oral interview is the most important part of the hiring process. In this book the author guides you through the interview and helps you understand what fire departments are looking for.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By boojie32 on November 22, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is priceless when it comes to improving your oral board scores. This book helps to enlighten future firefighters on what the fire service is about and what you may expect as a rookie. Read it from front to back, and along with practice, it is almost impossible to not improve your oral boards.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Cole on March 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book has EXACTLY the information I needed and wanted years ago! This is the ONLY book you really need if you want to understand what it means to be a firefighter ~ or an aspiring firefighter (testing for departments) able to see "the big picture" in regard to the hiring process that is unlike any other career field.

Lepore has done everyone involved in firefighter testing a HUGE favor in enabling prospective fire applicants to know what is expected of them and whether or not they have what it takes to get to the top. A genuinely NICE person, and a credit to the fire service! Thank you for writing this book!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Randall J. Wright on January 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
I give this book a perfect score because of the results it produced. I purchased this book one month before my FIRST interview with the Oakland Fire Department. Six weeks later I was sitting across the table with the Fire Chief. This book can and will prepare any and every candidate for there oral board. Moreover, this book does not give "canned" responses to interview questions, it gives you a framework to think and reason in. This new paradigm will allow you to produce your own answers to score highly on any fire related oral board. Chief Lepore and all his books are assets to all of us hoping to become part of the fire family.

Thank you Chief!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert Jones on December 1, 2004
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I have read this book twice now and have gotten so much out of it. I have had some of the same questions asked that were right out of the book. I now have a better understanding when answering questions from the interview pannel because I know what they are looking for in my answers. Since I have read this book, I am on 5 diffrent department list in the top 10 and have been offered a job with a larg department in California. If you are serious about getting a job in the fire service I can't recomend this enough.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "Whitecloud" on November 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
For a career that a lot of people are trying to get into, this book offers a good background into what to expect not only in an oral interview situation, but in other areas as well. Chief Lepore has been blamed with "giving away" a lot of the "secrets" to landing a job in the fire service: Those "secrets" are now available to you. With oral interviews being the largest hurdle to getting a badge, have this book as your coach!!!
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