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How old do you have to be in order to take the firefighter exam, and is there an age limit?
I don’t live in Boston, can I still take the test?
When can I take the Written Examination and ELPAT? When should I turn in my applications for the tests?
How do I prepare for the test? Should I buy firefighter exam prep books?
I am deployed overseas, can I still take the exam?
What if I took the 2012 exam, do I need to take the test again?
I would like to know what the next steps are in the hiring process.


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