Requirements To Become A Firefighter
If you are entertaining an ambition to be a firefighter you should know that there are a few necessary requirements to be one. They are different requirements for different cities and different states although there are a few general requirements that are mentioned here.
For one there is your age. You may want to be a firefighter all of your childhood but before you apply you have to be at least 17 or 18 years old, depending on the fire department that you apply to. There is also an age limit, and at some places it's 29 years old. That is considered too old at some departments.
An applicant must be physically fit, and have all the necessary physical attributes. For this purpose you would go through a medical exam under the supervision of the physician who works for the fire department. You need to have good eyes, with decent color and peripheral vision and most departments prefer if you haven't had prior work done on your eyes. Your hearing is also tested and it needs to be perfect.
You have to be living in the state that you are applying to. And you need to have a clean driving record with a valid driver's license. Certain states research your driving record as far back as five years and examine all your driving points and the basis for which you received them. They would also inspect you for any prior criminal offenses.
An applicant needs to possess a high school diploma, or a GED. This is general practice. Some fire departments also require an applicant to have been through various courses and gain a specialized education required for firefighting. Such as the EMT-Basic, EMT-1 that are equivalent for the skills for the position you are applying for. Once you complete your EMT-1 you should register yourself with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, or NREMT. You would require additional training, before you can be a firefighter and you would need certification from the Approved Fire Fighter Training program. You need to provide the department with all necessary transcripts.
You can also volunteer or work in fields, related to firefighting. For example, there's first aid work or any kind of medical training. Emergency vehicles need high-risk drivers who are capable of flawless driving through high-stress. You could try to drive large trucks or other emergency vehicles, to try and get the feel of a fire truck. All these prior experiences can help enhance your chances at recruitment.
Firefighting is a tough job that isn't meant for everyone and most fire departments are very meticulous in choosing applicants for recruitment. It is a high-risk job with a lot of stress and mental strength is as necessary as physical, if not more. There are on-the-job risks as well as long term health issues and the recruitment process is completely intended to make sure that you have all the necessary requirements to do the job. And not just pieces of paper are examined, yet your nature is examined as well.