When competing to earn your promotion in the fire service you can be exposed to several methods of testing. The fire lieutenant assessment center is a common method utilized by large and small departments to evaluate their personnel and grade them for promotion to Fire Lieutenant.
The fire lieutenant assessment center can have several different events. Each is designed to evaluate a candidate on different skills, knowledge, and abilities. There are two events that are almost universally utilized in a fire Lieutenant assessment center, no matter what part of the country the test occurs. The two events are the oral interview and the emergency scene simulator. Candidates preparing for their assessment center should ensure that they allocate study time to both events since it is very likely that their fire lieutenant assessment center will have at least these two events.
In addition to the oral interview and the emergency scene simulator, candidates can expect to be exposed to other events. The type of event depends on what your department or organization feels are important skills for a fire lieutenant. You may see an in-basket exercise, an employee counseling, a writing assignment or an oral presentation. We have seen several fire lieutenant assessment center, or assessment centers for other ranks, that have had multiple events. We have also seen all of these events used during different assessment centers.
Candidates need to pay careful attention to any directions or information related to their upcoming assessment center so that they can decide where they need to concentrate their preparations to ensure they are able to perform their best on test day. Another way to determine what events you can expect is to see what was used during the previous assessment center. While it is not always 100% accurate in predicting what will be on the upcoming test it will at least provide some information for you to use to start your preparations.
During their preparations for the fire lieutenant assessment center many candidates focus heavily on the emergency scene simulator portion. This is a mistake. While you want to score well on the emergency scene simulator it is only a portion of the whole assessment center. You must develop skills, knowledge, and abilities in all events in the assessment center for two reasons. The first reason is that your final score will be a combination of ALL the events in the assessment center. Only passing the emergency scene simulator or scoring poorly on the other events will leave you near the bottom of the promotional list or not finishing on the list at all. The second reason is that once you get promoted you will need the skills, knowledge, and abilities developed for each event to be effective at your new position.
While preparing for the fire lieutenant assessment center appears to be a daunting task we can assure you that you can prepare for it and you can maximize your score with the proper preparation. Each event has specific actions that a candidate can master to improve their score during the assessment center. The key is to understand what you need to prepare for and to begin your preparations early. Good Luck! Find more information at AspiringFireOfficers.com