Essay on Selection Process for Entry-Level Firefighters

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Selection Process for Entry-Level Firefighters

The selection process for entry-level firefighters in the Hurst, Euless, and Bedford (HEB) area is similar to that across the country. The process begins with a written assessment. The written test is comprised of reading comprehension; interpreting tables; situational judgment; logical reasoning; applying basic math rules; mechanical aptitude; spatial sense; map reading; and vocabulary. (IPMA Assessment Services 2003)These tests are usually purchased from International Public Management Association (IPMA). Once the applicant has successfully passed the written exam, they proceed to the physical agility test. The agility tests consist of job specific
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Candidates who accept the job offer will undergo a medical physical and psychological examination. The purpose of these exams is to ensure that the candidate is physically and emotionally stable enough to perform as firefighters.

Tremendous research is put into developing a valid written assessment tool by IPMA to ensure that candidates have the knowledge base required for the position. The physical agility test consist job specific tasks that firefighters in the HEB area would most likely conduct at every structure fire they encounter. A time limit for the agility test is established by incumbent firefighters taking the test. The slowest time by the incumbents is utilized as the maximum time limit given to the candidates. The panel interview although subjective, tests the candidate’s interpersonal skills and knowledge base. The candidates that do not possess strengths in these areas are eliminated from the selection process. The background investigation divulges information that candidates normally do not put on the application. The information discovered will reveal character flaws, ethical behavior, and their value system. The public expects firefighters to have strong moral and ethical behavior. The polygraph simply verifies that the candidate was honest and forthcoming about improprieties that might have been discovered during the

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