Firefighter Interview Questions

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Firefighter interview questions

Your high-potential new firefighter is brave, compassionate and reliable with quick-thinking and super-fast reflexes. They’ve been trained and will be willing to develop their skills further, plus they’re motivated, patient and great at solving problems. 

Top tips: 

  • Look for qualifications: It’s likely your candidates will have been trained at a college, school, academy or from a previous fire department. Look for CPR or EMT training certificates.
  • Grow together: Hire candidates you can grow with by making sure their personal career goals align with your company's mission.

Role-specific interview questions

  • Why did you choose to become a firefighter?
  • What can a firefighter do for fire prevention?
  • What’s a firefighter’s most important duty?
  • What is the most hard-to-use firefighting equipment?
  • What are the main challenges fire departments deal with?

Behavioral interview questions

  • Tell us about a time you dealt with an emergency.
  • Describe a time you used rescue equipment incorrectly. What should you have done differently?
  • Have you ever had a conflict with a coworker? What happened?

Problem solving interview questions

  • How would you care for an unconscious person?
  • How would you balance two different orders from senior firefighters at the same time?
  • What would you do with a panicking resident who wants to reenter a burning building?  
  • What would you do if you noticed a fellow firefighter stealing?
  • What would you do if you were ordered to do something you felt was dangerous?

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