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Wildland Firefighter Interview

30 Questions and Answers Written by Elisabeth Walter

Updated on August 21st, 2018 |
Question 1 of 30
What motivates you as a wildland firefighter?
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"I am motivated by my teammates. It is so cool to collaborate with so many strong and skilled individuals and see results at the end of the day. We all work really hard and encourage each other to stay focused, even when we face an overwhelming situation."

Share what keeps you going, even in the toughest situations. The interviewer wants to hear that you are passionate about what you do! Firefighters often work long hours, responding to one emergency call after the next. It's your passion and commitment to your job that often gets you through the wildest of fires.
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Question 2 of 30
What makes you the most qualified for this position?
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"I have been training all winter by backpacking through the wilderness and lifting weights. I have also completed wilderness safety training and previously worked as a volunteer firefighter. I am well-versed in fire safety and prevention and I know I'll make a great addition to your team!"

Now is the time to sell yourself! Before your interview, take some time to review your resume and reflect on your past experiences that have prepared you to get to this point in your career. Any wilderness, safety training or completion of fire science courses will score you extra points! If you have experience as a volunteer firefighter, talk about some of the skills you acquired!
Question 3 of 30
What types of water pumps have you trained with or used in previous firefighting jobs?
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The interviewer is most interested in hearing about your experience handling water pumps, whether its an Enduraplus Firefighting Skid Sprayer or a Northstar High -Pressure Water Pump. Depending on the size of the fire and the size of your team, you may need a different water pump. If you are familiar particular brands or models, talk about those specific tools. Give the interviewer some context about the situation by sharing an example that demonstrates your experience with battling fires and using this equipment.
Question 4 of 30
Tell me about your leadership abilities.
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The interviewer wants to hear that you have experience leading a team. This doesn't necessarily mean you were a manager or that you were a captain. Good leaders have the ability to lead by example through their words and their actions. Strong leaders have exceptional interpersonal skills and can communicate effectively with all personalities in even the most stressful situations. Leaders listen to others and are observant to anticipate needs before urgent action needs to be taken. If you have experience leading a team, share what your team accomplished and how your qualities helped enhance the team.
Question 5 of 30
Have you ever been overloaded with work?
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For most people, the answer is an enthusiastic YES! It can be difficult to handle stressful situations where you are faced with grueling days of manual labor. Most wildland firefighters work during the summer months, which means you're dealing with the heat too! You may be expected to make sacrifices, setting aside time with your family to be on the ground hacking away at dead trees. Explain to the interviewer that you are used to handling a heavy workload and prepared to face a busy summer.
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Author of Wildland Firefighter Answers and Questions

Elisabeth Walter
Elisabeth Walter has over five years of experience in the corporate recruiting world. More recently, she has been freelance writing for the past two years. You can reach out to Elisabeth by visiting her LinkedIn profile, at
First written on: 05/21/2013
Last modified on: 08/21/2018

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