10 Steps to Promotion

Issue 7 and Volume 157.

By Steve Prziborowski Getting promoted in the fire service is not an easy task. Regardless of the position you are competing for, you must have a plan of action to get that badge you so highly covet. Although the competition is usually not as fierce for promotional positions as it was for taking the initial entry-level firefighter examination, it is still critical that you have a plan of action and not sit back and wait for the badge to come to you. The higher you promote, the fewer candidates you will usually have to compete against. However, those fewer candidates will usually provide you with more competition than you had ever imagined or prepared for. Here are 10 ways to increase your chances of getting promoted in the fire service. Formally educate yourself. Many departments require promotional candidates to have formal education such as an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree,…

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