Archive for Early Firefighter Training

The Firefighting Career: Learning The Ropes

We grow up knowing what a fire truck is and what a firefighter does but when it comes time to be a part of the team that puts out fires and saves lives it takes a lot of training. There are many ways to go through this training. Some classes are provided online while others get you involved in real-life interactive classes.

Becoming a firefighter is kind of like becoming a nursing assistant or medical coding specialist: it involves about, if not over, 600 hours of training in 3 to 4 months before one can go active-duty. Enrolling in a firefighter academy is a full-time job and is more often than not run by the fire department in your community.

There are certain requirements to take on this career which is hitting the 18-21 age mark (depending on what station you are training with). You must also have a high school diploma and some departments require a college education. Other requirements involve being physically fit, having a clean background check and corrected 20/20 vision. » Read more..

Volunteer Firefighting and The Benefits it Brings

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It has been estimated that across the United States 69% of fire-fighters are volunteers. Many people think of a Volunteer Fire-fighter as one who simply gives of their time and efforts simply for a greater good and the only thing given back to them in return is gratitude for a good day’s work. However, this is not as permanent of a definition as one might think. It might be better understood to define a volunteer fire-fighter in these two ways:

“A volunteer fire-fighter is one who has agreed to work for no pay.”

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“A volunteer fire-fighter is one who volunteers and agrees to get paid for specific jobs.”

The intention of the following information is to exhibit the benefits of doing volunteer work in local fire stations across the country – whether they be financial benefits or otherwise. » Read more..

Begin Your Firefighting Journey In High School

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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. » Read more..