Capt Craig Freeman

Skills for fire fighter careers

For those seeking fire fighter careers, there are many steps that must be taken along the way. The career requires unique pre-requisites:

  • Candidates must be at least 18 years old, or 21 in certain states
  • Candidates must have a high school diploma or GED
  • A valid driver’s license is required
  • Candidate records must be free from drug use, traffic violations or felonies

These are simply the minimum requirements; there are other skills fire departments may be looking for.

Advanced skills for fire fighter careers

Candidates for fire fighter careers may also be required to:

  • Hold a Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) card
  • Have Fire fighter 1 or 2 certification
  • Be a certified paramedic
  • Hold Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification
  • Be fluent in another language
  • Hold Hazardous Materials certification
  • A college degree

While most of these are not essential, many fire departments will consider them a bonus.

Finding fire fighter careers

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