Capt Craig Freeman

I want to be a Firefighter, what should I do?

The path that leads to a firefighter position with a fire department has many courses of opportunity. You must choose the path that is best suited for your individual personality. The requirements to be qualified vary from agency to agency. The minimum requirements would be: high school diploma/GED, 18 years of age, and a valid driver’s license. The next requirement would most likely be a current CPAT card. Education and training will be the next level of requirements. EMT cert. is one of the big ones- this cert will open up your opportunities to many more fire depts. A firefighter 1 academy is typically the next step in the process of developing your credentials. Continued education can include Paramedic License, AS and BA/BS degrees.

Of course the military is a great place to start with many departments giving credit and preference points to veterans. Reserve and Volunteer firefighter positions are huge for developing experience. Fire station visits and actually learning the position of a firefighter are mandates.

A total immersion and dedication to the pursuit of the fire career is expected to be successful.

Lastly, you will never have a career offer unless you take the test. Use a service like ours to find and apply to as many departments as you can. This too, is part of the learning curve. Every time you take a test, a new list of things to do should be followed in order to be more successful.

I hope this gives you some ideas and of course, we are here to assist every step of the way. Contact us anytime!

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One Response

  1. Steve Waturatmon Says:
    December 3rd, 2010 at 2:07 AM

    There aint no firefighter jobs in this horrible economy. Dont give people false hope. I have all of these certs and AS degree and bachelors degree and there aint no jobs out there at all.