This section offers numerous FREE information to assist you with your career development and to prepare yourself to be the best Firefighter you can be.

Chabot College Fire Technology Instructor Steve Prziborowski has been published in all of the leading fire service publications. Click on the below links to access some of Steve's articles with lots of great information to assist you in becoming the BEST Firefighter candidate you can be:



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  • Over 50 different articles, podcasts and webcasts to assist the Future & Current Firefighter, CLICK HERE to access Steve Prziborowski's articles.

Some of the articles, webcasts, or podcasts include, but are not limited to:


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Published in is a FREE publication that you can access online and subscribe to. Just provide your email address and create a password and you can have access to hundreds of articles, such as the ones below. Every issue, Steve has a recurring column, "The Career Corner", with articles such as:

  • May/June 2007: So, you want to become a Firefighter? 5 guidelines to assist you in becoming a Firefighter.
  • April/May 2014: Getting hired as a Firefighter in the year 2014.
  • June/July 2014: Getting hired as a Firefighter - Prepare for the position, not just the test!
  • July 2016: Volunteer opportunities for the future Firefighter.
  • Many, many more to come!
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Additional handouts to assist you with becoming a Firefighter:

Being the BEST Firefighter Candidate You Can Be!
This is a PowerPoint presentation I have used to inspire future Firefighters to be the best they can be, and to also provide numerous key points for success!
Being Best You Can Be Firefighter Candid[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [1.3 MB]
25 Reasons to Hire you as a Firefighter
This is a PowerPoint presentation I have used to provide 25 key points to future Firefighters to ensure they focus on what they need to focus on to get the badge! To view a DVD that covers all of these key points in more detail, go to
25 Reasons To Hire You As a FF.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [3.5 MB]
How to excel at the 3 most important phases of the Firefighter Hiring Process!
This PowerPoint presentations focuses on the 3 most important phases of the Firefighter hiring process - the oral interview, the fire academy, and the probationary period.
3 most important phases of hiring proces[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [1.3 MB]
A Fellow Students Road To The Badge
This is a must read article written by Einar Mikkelson, who did what it took to get the badge. He offers countless suggestions on how to best focus your preparation efforts to get the badge of your dreams!
A Fellow Students Road To The Badge.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [142.5 KB]
Pre-Firefighter Academy Fitness Program
This attachment offers some suggestions on getting yourself prepared for the rigors of a physically demanding Firefighter Academy.
SCCFD Four Month Pre-Academy Fitness Pro[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [1.5 MB]
Firefighter Code Of Ethics
The fire service, like the rest of the Country, is struggling with the subject of ethical behavior. Take the time to review the information so that you can set yourself and your career up for success.
Firefighter Code of Ethics.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [115.4 KB]
Fire Service Reputation Management White Paper
This is a must-read for anyone interested in a career in the fire service. Learn from the mistakes of others to ensure you have a long, successful and trouble-free career!
Reputation Management White Paper.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [238.4 KB]
So, You Want To Become A Firefighter? 6 Guidelines To Assist You In Becoming A Firefighter
If you are interested in a career in the fire service, this document will provide a road map for success and help point you in the right direction when you are first starting out. Updated September 2016.
Firefighter preparation for SCCFD 2016.p[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [604.1 KB]
Getting Hired As A Firefighter: How To Be The Best You Can Be!
This PowerPoint presentation was delivered to a group of Future Firefighters at the Firehouse World Conference, and contains numerous tips for career success!
Getting Hired As A Firefighter in 2015.p[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [3.3 MB]
Oral Interview Preparation Tips: The Opening & Closing Statement
This handout will provide you with valuable information to assist you with creating an opening & closing statement that will increase your oral interview scores!
Opening Closing Statement Handout.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [227.4 KB]
Oral Interview Preparation Tips
Within the attachment you will find a number of ideas and suggestions for how to best present yourself at your next oral interview. Remember these are only my opinions and may not work for everyone in every situation.
Oral Interview Preparation Tips.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [156.3 KB]
Sample Firefighter Job Application
This is a typical Firefighter job application one will have to complete to apply for a position with a fire department. Smart candidates will take the time in advance to obtain all of the information found within this application so that when they have to fill out their next job application, they will be ready to go!
Firefighter Application.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [517.0 KB]
Firefighter Academy Success Tips
Whether you are preparing for a college Firefighter 1 Academy or a Fire Department Recruit Academy, this document will provide some valuable guidance to increase your chances of success.
Firefighter Academy Success Tips.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [126.7 KB]
Article - Are We Just Giving Lip Service To Safety?
This is a quick read, one page article I wrote for the International Association of Fire Chiefs On Scene Newsletter. It addresses the need for the fire service to take safety more seriously, and not just give lip service to the word safety.
IAFC On Scene Article Lip Service to Saf[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [1.2 MB]
Sample Resume - Version 1
This is one style of a resume one could consider using. Note it is only one page.
Sample Resume 1.doc
Microsoft Word document [50.0 KB]
Sample Resume - Version 2
This is another style of a resume one could consider using. Note it is only page. Also, I am not a fan of putting duties on a resume, since that is what you're getting paid for. I left them here to use as an example if you're hurting to find things to put on one page. However, once you start getting community service (volunteer) hours and you can find some "Significant Accomplishments" to add to each job, instead of the duties, you'll be headed in the right direction.
Sample Resume 2.doc
Microsoft Word document [27.5 KB]
Sample Background Investigation Packet
Candidates are encouraged to download this document and immediately attempt to complete ALL of the required information so that when they are asked to complete a similar type of packet by a fire department that is considering them for employment, they already have done their research.
Microsoft Word document [791.5 KB]
Sample Student Contract - Fire Technology 50 Class
For those planning on attending the Fire Technology 50 class, please take the time to review the attached document which will set you up for success!
Sample Student Contract - Fire Technolog[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [78.6 KB]
Benefits of Residential Fire Sprinklers
Many Firefighters still reject or downplay the value of fire sprinklers. If you are one that fits into one of those two areas, hopefully this PowerPoint presentation will help convince you of the benefit of having fire sprinklers in at least every residential structure.
Residential Fire Sprinklers.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [2.6 MB]
Reading Smoke - The Sequel
This is a PowerPoint presentation courtesy of Dave Dodsen and Billy Goldfeder. If you haven't checked out the Reading Smoke information provided by Chief Dave Dodson, you're missing out on a lot of valuable info that will make you safer and just may save your life, or the life of a brother or sister Firefighter.
Adobe Acrobat document [8.7 MB]
Top 10 Contributing Factors To Firefighter Line-Of-Duty-Deaths (LODDs) - PowerPoint presentation
This is a PowerPoint presentation I have used in the past to highlight the top 10 contributing factors of Firefighter LODDs so that we can do our best to learn from history and not allow history to repeat itself in the form of another LODD. If we truly care about those who have lost their life, we won't just say "never forget," we will truly do what we can to never forget through our actions!
Top 10 Reasons For Firefighter LODDs.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [4.4 MB]
Top 10 Contributing Factors To Firefighter Line-Of-Duty-Deaths (LODDs)
This is a companion to the above PowerPoint presentation - a cheat sheet of sorts to narrow down in a bullet point format the top 10 contributing factors to Firefighter LODDs.
10 factors to LODDs 2015.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [102.5 KB]
Sample Probationary Firefighter Expectations
Establishing expectations is critical to your success as a supervisor, manager, and/or leader. These are some expectations I used to share with probationary Firefighters when I was a Captain. If you are a future Firefighter, or even a newly hired Firefighter, this should also give you an idea of how to be the best you can be as many of your future supervisors may have similar expectations.
Probationary Firefighter Expectations 1.[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [102.8 KB]
Firefighter Career Preparation Task Book
If you are preparing to become a Firefighter, use this document as a road map to guide you in the right direction as you pursuit the career of your dreams!
Adobe Acrobat document [99.3 KB]


Bob Buell                

Fire Technology Coordinator & Firefighter 1 Academy Coordinator

Chabot College
25555 Hesperian Blvd.
Building 1500

Hayward, CA 94545


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Steve Prziborowski


Fire Technology Instructor & Webmaster


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The Future Firefighter's Preparation Guide by Steve Prziborowski

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Reach for the Firefighter Badge by Steve Prziborowski

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How to Excel at Fire Department Promotional Exams by Steve Prziborowski

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