If anyone has ever told you that you must go to college or university before you can begin any training to become a fire-fighter, they know little about what they are saying and mustn’t be very observant. To the contrary, high school courses can offer a valuable foundation of knowledge and training for anyone looking and is determined to get into the fire-fighting field. The following information can help propel you straight onto an effective path toward this decisive career goal.
This information is ideal for those about to begin their four years of high school. If you have already begun high school or at least you still have your senior year left to begin and finish, then it is suggested that you get into as many math and science courses as you can. It’s important to note from the beginning that a majority of fire-fighting departments will require their potential “working candidates” to pass a written test before they can give out any job offers. For many fire departments, there are selected certifications that must be obtained before you are either promoted or even hired. For example, there is what is called a Fire-Fighter 1 Certificate which is compulsory to have by many fire departments. In order to obtain this certificate you must first attain a Hazardous Materials Certificate which is chemically-related, so taking and passing a chemistry science class in high school would be a great asset. Biology will also give you an understanding of the human body which can aid in you (EMT) Emergency Medical Technician training further on down the road.
Next, you should consider physics, algebra and geometry which are all valuable to the fire-fighting world. These classes can prepare you for some aspects of the job that are related to building schematics, combustion and pump/water pressure. In addition, fire-fighter training is extremely physical to say the least, and you will need to train in such conditions as: dragging dead-weight dummies and hoses, climbing stairs wearing specific fire gear, running, climbing ladders and forcing your way into buildings. This is all very strenuous work and failing to pass any specific area of these physical feats can cost you a chance at becoming a fire-fighter. It would then of course be exemplary for you to take as many basic physical education classes as you can. Weight-lifting would also be a very good approach in improving your physical strength. Exercises that sharpen your agility as well as your cardiovascular conditioning cannot hinder your performance either.
Depending on what classes your high school has to offer, some other helpful courses you might consider would be communication and psychology. Fire-fighters must deal with the general public in almost every situation. It’s important to know how to communicate with people on a professional level especially if they are frightened or traumatized from accidents and horrifying situations. You might also consider taking classes in machine shops that educate you on how to weld, use other tools and build engines. It can never hurt to have knowledge that can pertain to your career field.
To conclude, you should never stop learning and trying to better yourself. Learn the basics of fire-fighting related subjects in high school if you can and encourage the next generation of fire-fighters to do the same as well.