Things to Consider When Becoming a Firefighter

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A firefighter using a fire hose to put out a fire.

One of the hardest decisions a young adult will face in their lifetime is their career path. Should you go to college? Probably, since a college degree will help you regardless of the path you choose. For firefighting, the prerequisites can vary by state and even by fire station. Some will require a four-year degree, while others only require certifications. So, it’s important that you look into the requirements, but also take a look at a few things to consider when becoming a firefighter below.

Maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine

Firefighters have one of the most physically demanding jobs day in and day out, and your body should be able to withstand the demand of being a firefighter. The best way to prepare for a career in firefighting is to implement a regular diet and exercise routine, if you haven’t already. Before you can become a firefighter, you have to take the CPAT, which is a fitness test that all firefighters have to take. Everyone knows that being a firefighter is dangerous, and if you’re not healthy, you’re much more likely to get hurt or sick.

Once you’ve passed exams, start volunteering

Many professional firefighters began as volunteers, and you’re likely going to take the same route, but you need to pass exams and get certified first. We already covered the CPAT, but you’re also going to need to attend a Fire Academy, get your EMT certification, and eventually your paramedic’s license. Once you begin volunteering, learn as much as you can, talk to other full-time firefighters and chiefs, and find out what they did to get where they are. The more experience you get, the more likely you are to have the opportunity to be a fulltime firefighter.

For those of you who feel lost in your destined career path, look into firefighting. There’s always a demand for brave individuals who have a passion for protecting their community and getting their hands dirty. Don’t forget to familiarize yourself with firefighting equipment and contact your local fire station to find out what their prerequisites are.

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