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Why do you want to be a fire fighter
- Noble profession, I have a great admiration for fire fighters
- I haven’t been involved with the community since soccer refereeing. I like having a job that I look forward to turning up for. I don’t want to be there just for the money and I think fire fighting would be fantastic
- It’s a great opportunity to learn a lot of new skills
What do you think will be involved
My understanding of the position is that it will involve a great deal of time management skills just because being on-call is unpredictable and I know that I would have to balance this role with other aspects of my life
I know the position itself would extend beyond just fighting fires such as car accidents, toxic spills and even public education (school kids, open days, etc)
Why do you think you are suitable for this position/what training do you have
Although I have no training specifically related to fire fighting, I have problem solving abilities which extend from my degree program. I consider myself to be a very logical person and emotionally stable.
I maintain a high level of fitness through year round soccer involvement. I enjoy cycling and also like to take the odd ski trip.
My close proximity to the station is obviously a big benefit. I spend quite a lot of my time at home studying and so I am usually in a good position to respond timely to emergencies.
What skills/attributes can you bring
I’m quite agile and my small build would enable me to squeeze into situations where others would struggle
I am very spatially aware and have a great attention for detail
I feel I am an effective communicator, my university life has ensured a great deal of report writing, public speaking and team based communication through assignments. I have also had communication experience with kids through soccer refereeing. Kmart has also provided me with more interpersonal skills
I have a natural problem solving ability
How are you a good team player
I have been playing soccer/football for more than 15 years. The most fundamental skill you learn from that sport is that the best team always wins. You have to remain selfless and only think about what’s best for the team.
Team work used to be one of my weaknesses but it has become a fundamental facet of my life in my employment, education (through group assignments), and sporting life. I have learnt how to communicate effectively, how to contribute to the team and when to do so and when to just listen.
How do you react in an emergency or under pressure
I have a very calm personality. I rarely stress or enter arguments. I welcome discussions but I avoid being emotionally involved which prevents high tensions.
What are your interests
I enjoy learning. That’s why I have sought out a position here. A lot of jobs for students my age involve monotonous tasks. Fire fighting doesn't just provide me with a new industry to learn but it’s also a path that provides unique challenges every day.
I love playing football, I find it provides a strong feel of mateship and teamwork. The fact that it keeps me physically active is a bonus. No two games are ever the same
I’m also very passionate about snow skiing. It’s a skill I have worked at since a very young age and it is an interest that has created a large number of friendships for me with people from all over the world.
How are you good at following instructions
I understand that in the fire fighting industry, time is the most valuable resource. Entering discussions about how to solve a problem is not always an option. Orders save time and therefore lives. I have been involved in retail and manufacturing where time equals money, not lives. I knew the importance of following orders then and I know how much more important instructions are in this industry.
What do your friends say about you
Trustworthy and reliable
Likes to have fun but knows when it’s time to be serious
What sort of hours would you want to work
I would prefer to work around your preferences than mine. As a student I have the ability to modify my timetable and adjust when I study, sleep and socialise. Ideally I’d be after around 20 hours per week of work but I understand it’s a highly variable environment.
Fridays and weekends would be more preferable
Over summer I have 3 months off uni; with the number of bushfires around NSW in summer is there any chance of being more heavily involved?
Do you have any questions for us?
Police officers get abused by the public all the time, and I’ve heard ambos do as well sometimes. Do fire fighters cop a lot of abuse from the public?
What sort of hours can a retained fire fighter expect?
Just how variable are the number of call outs each week?
Are there any advancement opportunities as a retained fire fighter?
How do you handle conflicts with others
The majority of conflicts are caused by a misunderstanding or miscommunication so I always ensure that I talk to the people involved in the conflict before anything else. Obviously speaking with sincerity and a willingness to listen and not just talk is important.
If that doesn’t solve the situation then I’ll either sleep on it or talk to the relevant supervisor/authority depending on the urgency of the matter.
If the conflict is with one of my superiors then I will do what is requested of me unless I have a strong ethical issue with the situation.