Fire Officer and Battalion Chief In-Basket Exercises
In the In-Basket section, Captain/Lieutenant members will have full access to five (5) complete In-Basket exercises. Battalion Chief members will have access to an additional four high level BC In-Basket exercises (for a total of 9). Each exercise has 10 components that are commonly seen in In-Basket exercises throughout the country. Following each exercise is a complete answer key that explains the rationale for managing each item and identifies the correct answers.
The In-Basket exercise is one of the most challenging and difficult portions of a Captain/Lieutenant and Battalion Chief fire department assessment center. One of the reasons that the In-Basket presents such a challenge is because most firefighters are not aware of the types of problems that a Captain/Lieutenant and Battalion Chief faces at the start of each shift. In addition, most firefighters do not have a method for identifying and assigning priorities to issues so that they can be addressed in the appropriate order.