How to Become a Firefighter

When the 9/11 attacks unfolded, people began to see new heroes: Firefighters. While being a fireman has always been at the top of the list of every boy's dream, their bravery and heroism became even more evident during that tragic event. And now, many more individuals want to become part of this noble and challenging profession.

But the road towards being able to wear those yellow fireman's uniform is not easy. In fact, it is one of the toughest to hurdle. Aside from the fact that the whole process in and of itself is already inherently difficult, the competition to get hired for those limited slots is also fierce. This is a reality that many aspiring firefighters like you have to know so that you can prepare yourself adequately for it.

Before you begin the process of being a firefighter, you should really want it. This isn't a job that requires your half-hearted assent. You have to really know, deep in your heart, that you want to be of service of people and the community and that you could put yourself in danger by doing so. If that describes your feelings about your future profession then you are mentally and emotionally ready to tackle the steps that are involved in becoming a firefighter.

The first step involved in your journey is a written exam. There are around 150 to 200 multiple choice questions on various topics like reading comprehension, math, reasoning, memory and comprehension, among others. It is of utmost importance that you score very well in this test. Why? Because you will be ranked from the highest to the lowest score to determine your eligibility. The higher your scores are, the better your chances will be of moving on to the next step of the hiring process.

If you pass the exam, you will usually be called for an oral interview which will usually be conducted by three officers of the department you want to be in. This can be a very stressful time since you will have to impress upon them your qualifications for the job. Some of the questions will revolve around your skills, strengths and weaknesses as well as how you would handle various scenarios.

Once you have passed the interview, you will then be asked to undergo a psychological exam to see if you meet the profile of a successful firefighter. It is possible to have all the certificates and training and still not make it in the psychological part of the test. Like the written test, it is also important to prepare for this examination.

A very important make or break step towards becoming a firefighter is the physical agility test. It comes without saying that firefighting is a very physically demanding occupation. You will have to run and rescue people and try to protect property at the same time while wearing cumbersome protective clothing and carrying tanks and other equipment that can weigh 30 to 40 pounds. It is imperative that you start your physical training months before so that you build the endurance necessary to pass this test.

Beforey you are given a conditional offer of employment, you will be asked to undergo background checks as well as medical exam and drug test. These are all standard procedures, especially in a Federal, state or municipal government job. Once you're in the clear and finally get your firefighting badge, that's when the real adventure begins.

With sufficient preparation, you should be able to pass your exam and get your RMT credential in no time.

If you believe that you have what it takes to be a Fire Fighter, then the first step is the Fire Fighter Exam Study Guide that walks you through the entire Fire Fighter hiring process.

For more information, go to our page for the Fire Fighter Exam Study Guide.

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