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  • Fire Captain Written Exam, what are some good books can I read? How can I prepare?

    Hello!

    I'm going to be taking the Fire Captain's written exam soon, and I was just wondering if anyone has any books to recommend, audio books would be ideal.

    I was mainly looking for books that help prepare you for the written test.

    Thanks for any help

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    Originally posted by Fireltgt View Post
    Hello!

    I'm going to be taking the Fire Captain's written exam soon, and I was just wondering if anyone has any books to recommend, audio books would be ideal.

    I was mainly looking for books that help prepare you for the written test.

    Thanks for any help

    First thing for you, would be to find out what material the department will be using to make up the written exam.

    They should have some reference material for the candidates to procure, read and study.

    If not you could end up studying material that wouldn't not be on the exam.
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    • #3
      Ya check with your department or civil service department. Most places have a reading list of 5-9 books for Captain's exams. The tests are drawn completely from this set of books. Many places use IFSTA books on written exams, such as essentials, company officer, haz-mat, etc. John Norman's book is common also. Once you get that reading list, study, study, study.
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      • #4
        Make sure you study and know whatever reading sources your testing people use. Read nothing else except these publications. Even though their may be way better books out there, don't fill your brain with anything that is not testable.

        Most departments utilize a combination of internal sources (departmental publications, rules & regs, city publications, and etc.) as well as external sources (published textbooks, USFA documents, ICMA publications, and etc.).

        Make sure you read and know whatever is on your exam source list no matter how lame the author or topic. We had to read Harry Carter's "Management in the Fire Service" which is the absolute worst book ever written. Unfortunately, those who were serious about the test had to stomach this book just to make sure we didn't miss any questions that might arise from it.

        Once you get promoted, read the stuff you want to read. That is when the real learning begins.
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        • #5
          If your department has a list of books related to the test try to find study guides for those books. Often questions are taken word for word right from those study guides. Alabama Fire College book store would be a place to start: http://afcbookstore.com/store/
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          • #6
            Great advice, relevant even now. The only problem is where to find the time to prepare (

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