When kids are asked what they want to be when they grow up, the common answer would be to become a doctor, a lawyer, a police officer and many more. Another popular dream jobs for kids is to become a firefighter. Kids are just fascinated with fire, which is understandable because of their very young age, and they would usually have a fire truck in their toys arsenal, which is probably another reason why kids want to become one.
If you are currently of age though, and you are really serious in pursuing a career as a firefighter, then here is a simple guide on How to Become a Firefighter.
Firefighting is definitely a challenging job and is also very risky due to the fact that you put yourself in harm’s way putting out the fire or potentially saving people trapped inside a burning building. The risks are also what make this job rewarding and extremely honorable as there are very few people who are brave enough to face the risk that firefighting has.
However, the difficulties do not happen only when you become a firefighter, but it starts before you are even one. Becoming a firefighter is quite difficult. The job is physically and mentally taxing so you definitely have to be fit and capable enough to be able to cope with the responsibilities that being a firefighter entails.
In order to apply as a firefighter there are a number of criteria that you must meet. Applicants should be 18 years of age and above. They also have to have a high school diploma. Once those are sorted out, applicants will have to undergo physical, psychological and mental tests that will test their capabilities and stability in these areas in order to determine if they are fit for firefighter work. Once these physical and mental tests are passed, applicants then will have to take a written exam, go through background and criminal checks to see if they have past history of criminal activity and the like, go through a drug test procedure and then lastly an applicant must have to pass an interview before he or she can become a firefighter.
You might be daunted by the sheer number of things that you will have to go through in applying to be a firefighter, but considering that you will be facing a lot of physical and mental challenges on the job, these tests and requirements are definitely justified.
Now do put in mind that not all fire departments have the same set of requirements. While the aforementioned requirements and tests are the general requirements, certain fire departments might have specific preferences like an age maximum, or can require special training certifications like for example; a certain f ire department in your area prefers its firefighters to have emergency medical training. For these, you will have to consult your local fire department before you continue with your application.
Firefighting is truly a rewarding job, and your services will definitely be appreciated by the community. The job does require a lot from you both physically and mentally though, so be sure that you are ready for these challenges before you start applying to become a firefighter.