So You Want To Be a Firefighter…?
Firefighting is demanding work, with built-in-job security and terrific rewards. Firefighters are America’s greatest living heroes. They protect the lives and properties of their neighbors. They perform daring rescues and extinguish raging infernos, but firefighters also protect people in many other ways. Firefighters play an important role in education and public awareness of fire safety. All this in addition to putting out house fires!
Firefighting is risky business, requiring courage, the ability to quickly evaluate a situation and physical strength. Although firefighting has many rewards, a desire to help others is the primary reason most men and women become a firefighter.
If you want to learn how to become a firefighter, the fastest way to really learn about the job is to speak with a local firefighter. All firefighters undergo post-secondary school training, either in a technical school, college, or firefighting academy.
Since each department and agency sets its own qualifications and application process, one of the best places to learn about requirements is at the local firehouse. Please contact the department in which you wish to obtain a career or membership.