Becoming a Firefighter
The strength of a community can be found in the foundation of the members who take care of it. When disaster strikes, you are called. You have a burning desire to help others – this intense desire can lead to a career as a firefighter.
Disastrous situations, including natural disasters, house and building fires or auto and boating accidents can happen at any moment. As a firefighter, you are called to extinguish fires, respond to emergency medical calls and render basic first aid. You may also be called to aid in salvage operations, assist with hazardous materials or participate in large or small-scale rescues.
In addition to community safety, firefighters also promote public safety, fire prevention, inspections and equipment maintenance.
A high school diploma or GED equivalency is required along with an emergency medical technician certificate to become a firefighter. A paramedic’s certification is desirable in some states, but not always required.
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