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How to Become a Firefighter

HOW TO BECOME A FIREFIGHTER LEARN IF AT FIRST YOU DON'T SUCCEED. KEEP TRYING! A high school diploma is the standard minimum requirement. More and more applicants are earning an associate or bachelor's degree in fire science or fire protection engineering. Firefighting is a competitive career, so don't give up if you don't get the job on your first attempt. What to Study? Good courses for firefighters: • Math • Chemistry • Biology • Communication skills • Computer literacy Other ways to work your way into the department: 2 • Become a volunteer firefighter or fire cadet APPLY Take a municipal job such as 911 dispatcher Apply to fire departments. The application process may include: • Lend a hand as a seasonal wildfire crew • Background check • Psychological evaluation • Medical examination • Candidate physical ability test (CPAT) member Meanwhile, hone your skills with specialized public safety training. 3 TRAIN FUN FIRE FACTS: Fire departments offer extensive, hands-on training for new recruits that may include: There were 1.3 million fires in the • Firefighting techniques • Fire prevention • Hazardous materials control • Emergency medical procedures. U.S. in 20104 Indoor fires with fuel and ventilation Some departments, such as forest firefighting agencies, offer on-the-job apprenticeship programs that last up to four years. double in size every 60 seconds Outdoor fires with I STAY IN SHAPE H 4 high velocity winds double every 15-30 seconds o Fighting fires demands optimal physical fitness. Pursue an exercise regimen with strength training and aerobic workouts.2 HOT INCOME PROSPECTS (2010 DATA) $47,730 Average firefighter salary: $75,390+ Top 10% firefighter salary: FIREFIGHTER Los Angeles pays, on average, the highest firefighter salary: $95,000 PROSPECTS New Jersey takes second place, paying an average of $71,310 Earnings depend on many factors including geographic location, training and career options available. does not guarantee results for individuals. HOT CAREER PROSPECTS Fire specialties that are most in demand: X Firefighter/paramedic Hazardous materials response Fire inspector or marshal * Technical rescue * Fire protection engineer Urban Search and Rescue DOMINATED BY MEN HOT STATE = MORE FIREFIGHTERS? CA FL 98% of firefighters are men. Women make up only 2% of firefighters in the U.S. States that employ the most firefighters: California & Florida. FIRE UP YOUR FIREFIGHTING CAREER How can you work your way up the ranks faster? Here are a few suggestions: Get EMT or even Earn a graduate degree in public administration10 Get first aid and paramedic certification CPR training Volunteer First Aid firefighter or cadet and CPR Master of EMT or Public Paramedic Administration FIRE 9-1-1 Since over half of all fire calls are medical emergencies, it's no wonder medical rescue training is so important to your firefighting career. 66% 5% of calls: medical aid of calls: fires (2010 data)! medical aid 66% (18,522,000) fires 5% (1,331,500) false alarms 8% (2,187,000) ....... mutual aid 4% (1,189,500) hazardous materials & conditions 3% (1,062,000) other 14% (3,913,000) Created for © QuinStreet, Inc., 2012 your future starts here Sources: "An Overview of the U.S. Fire Problem," National Fire Protection Association. 1. "Many Women Strong: A Handbook for Women Firefighters," FEMA (November 1999). 2. "Fire fighters," Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011 Edition. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 3. FEMA (1999) and Prziborowski, Steve. Battalion Chief, Santa Clara County Fire Department "Becoming a firefighter: 10 must-do things." 4. "Fire Department Calls, The U.S. Fire Service," National Fire Protection Association, 2010. 5. Fire Growth and Flow Rate," (July 4, 2007). 6. "Firefighters," Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 8. FEMA, 1999, 9. Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 10. FEMA, 1999 and BLS, 2010-2011. 11. National Fire Protection Association, 2010.

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