- Step 1: Educate yourself Educate yourself about firefighting by reading books and asking questions of firefighters.
- Step 2: Acquire diploma or GED Achieve a high school diploma or GED by the age of 18 to qualify to become a firefighter.
- TIP: Online firefighting programs accommodate those trying to change careers.
- Step 3: Exercise to build stamina Maintain superior physical condition through rigorous exercises to prepare for firefighting demands.
- Step 4: Take the test Prepare for and take written fire department exams. The tests can be taken multiple times.
- Step 5: Pass medical and drug tests Register for and pass a medical exam and a drug screen.
- TIP: Firefighters are often certified medical technicians, so look for C.P.R. classes and emergency training.
- Step 6: Enter training Complete firefighter training, including prevention, technique, hazardous material education, and emergency medical procedures.
- Step 7: Complete probation Complete the department’s probationary employment, which is three to six months, and you will be a full-fledged fire fighter.
- FACT: A recent survey found firefighting to be the most respected career in America.
You Will Need
- Strength and stamina
- Military service (optional) (optional) (optional)