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Is firefighting a good profession for a compassionate person?

firefighter 3d manIf you are a very caring, compassionate person, focused solely on helping others around you achieve more, stay safe, and make the most of themselves, you have a few options when it comes to your career choices.

As you have likely found out already, not many of them pay well, but they do offer a rare chance to do some very serious work that has a high possibility of making a huge difference in a person’s life. If your goals are to help others without regard to your salary (meaning, you’re just happy to make enough to live your life without too many frills), you can certainly consider becoming a firefighter. There are other options, though so before you jump in, we should discuss those.

Two Best Options For You

So you’re wondering if you should become a firefighter, but you’ve got a concern that it may not be totally right for you. That’s interesting, and you should really take a moment to think things over, weigh the pros and cons, and think about yourself deeply to find the right answer.

1. Home Health Aide

Not all that different, actually, from a firefighter in some ways. Obviously the primary function is very different, but the helpful, sometimes background role that each takes on is similar. Not only that, but each acts as a care taker. The HHA for the elderly and the sick and the immobile, and the firefighter for society, for the people in the burning building, for the child stuck in a tree.

Don’t think that you won’t have to work hard or get away from physical work, either. You might be surprised to know that taking care of someone’s house, chores, and personal things is quite taxing. You may have to help lower your client into and lift your client out of the tub. You’ll have to get them changed in some cases. You will likely be carrying groceries and cleaning all the hard to reach places of the house. This can be taxing, and in fact back problems are common, so you must be in excellent shape!

This is a very selfless career choice, as you will be devoting your days and sometimes nights to looking after someone who otherwise would be forced to live in an uncomfortable, expensive, and impersonal hospital or senior’s home. You might even become an important companion for this person and will help them live with dignity. If this sounds like the right fit, you can search the web for training in your state.

2. Firefighter

Yes, we think you can still be a firefighter.

Great compassion and care is an excellent driver and motivator for people who choose to take this career path. As long as you have the other qualifications such as fitness (bravery goes a long way, too!), you will be just fine.

Not everyone would voluntarily go into a dangerous burning building to save others without a second thought about his own well-being. In some cases you will literally be saving a life that would otherwise have perished in a fire. You will be doing a lot of good around the community when you are not putting out fires.

Your time to decide

So many things about being a firefighter are about compassion and the desire to help your community and fellow man. It comes down to what you want as a person, what you are best suited to, and where you can find a job, so we encourage you to look at both of our recommended lines of work and make the decision you feel is right.

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..

Ranks and Roles of Firefighters in the United States

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Across the globe fire-fighting differs little from the military in terms of leadership titles, ranks and orders. There are several countries around the world that recognize similar titles of leadership within the fire administration but also ones who differ. This article will take a quick and uncomplicated look at the ranks and responsibilities of fire-fighters throughout the United States. This list and summarization will proceed from the lowest ranks to the highest points of authority in the administration. On a simple note, different fire houses have their own symbols, badges and insignias which we will not be including here.

For the purpose of clarification, Fire-fighters in America work under different charges that can be known as, Fire Rescue, Fire Companies, Fire Bureaus, Fire Divisions and Fire Protection Districts. There are also several company types called, Rescue Company, Truck Company, Engine Company,  Medic Company, Squad and a recently added one called Squint. » 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..