Profile of a firefighter
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.