Pro­file of a fire­fighter

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It’s Fire Pre­ven­tion Month once again. And while the main fo­cus is on... fires, it is also quite im­por­tant to know the peo­ple who are on the fore­front of putting out fires. They who risk life and limb to help us save our valu­able pos­ses­sions, our loved ones and even our very own life.

To un­der­stand more about our galant fire­fight­ers, be­low are some of the req­ui­sites that make up a fire­man’s port­fo­lio.

1) What qual­i­fi­ca­tions do you need to be a fire­man?

You can find out more about the se­lec­tion process by get­ting a fire­fighter re­cruit­ment pack from your lo­cal fire and res­cue ser­vice. You may need GCSEs (or equiv­a­lent) at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English and maths, de­pend­ing on which fire ser­vice you want to join.

2) Steps to be­com­ing a fire­fighter

Fire­fight­ers must have a high school diploma and hold a valid driver's li­cense. Take the tests. Be­come an EMT. At­tend the fire academy. Con­sider for­mal ed­u­ca­tion. Con­tinue learn­ing.

3) What kind of train­ing is re­quired to be a fire­fighter?

Most fire­fighter train­ing pro­grams re­quire ap­pli­cants to be 18 years old and own a high school diploma; how­ever, some pro­grams pre­fer can­di­dates who have earned an As­so­ciate of Sci­ence in Fire Sci­ence.

4) Get in good phys­i­cal con­di­tion

Be­com­ing a fire­fighter re­quires pass­ing a phys­i­cal abil­ity test. The CPAT events are stair climb, hose drag, equip­ment carry, lad­der raise and ex­ten­sion, forcible en­try, search, res­cue, ceil­ing breach and pull. Pre­pare your­self for the phys­i­cal na­ture of the job as well as the de­mands of the test.

5) Stay out of trou­ble

At one point in your life, you've prob­a­bly done some­thing you're not proud of. How you've acted to rec­tify your mis­takes will be im­por­tant when ap­ply­ing to be­come a fire­fighter.

6) Get in­volved in your com­mu­nity

Work­ing in pub­lic safety is all about com­mu­nity ser­vice. Vol­un­teer­ing your time for a great cause is one way to prove you're ready to serve your com­mu­nity. And it doesn't mat­ter if it's fire-re­lated or non- fire re­lated. There's a lot of great op­por­tu­ni­ties out there for you to make a dif­fer­ence.

7) Pre­pare for a psy­cho­log­i­cal eval­u­a­tion

You can't study for this one. This eval­u­a­tion will look at your men­tal and emo­tional sta­bil­ity to with­stand the stresses as­so­ci­ated with fire­fight­ing.

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