3 Useful Tips On How To Become A Firefighter

Different folks, different reasons. A lot of people want to get into the fire service, but only a chosen few actually get in each year. Each person has his own reason/s for wanting to be a part of this elite group of individuals who dedicate their lives for the service of the community. Being a firefighter is no easy task but it has its rewards as well.

For one, people in the community generally look up to them as heroes and very important members of society, owing to the nature of work they do. Aside from that, being in the fire service also means that you’re assured of good remuneration and benefits. It’s one thing to want to be a firefighter and another to actually transition from just wanting to actually being one. This means you’ve got to prepare yourself for the challenges ahead in order to make it through the selection and recruitment process. If you’re one of the many who would like to be a part of this exclusive group of outstanding individuals, read on to learn more about how to become a firefighter.

1. Start with the basics

Make sure you are properly equipped with the basic requirements before enlisting for election and recruitment. In most places, one needs:

to be a certified resident (with a minimum residency period), usually 2 years
to have finished at least year 12 in school
to possess a valid driver’s license
to have basic first-aid training

Once you’ve got these requirements down pat, you can move on to other important stuff you need to become a firefighter.

2. Be mentally and physically prepared

Being mentally prepared to become a firefighter is as important as being physically fit. Mental toughness should go hand in hand with your physical abilities in order to properly perform your duties as a firefighter. Your mental toughness will be equally tested along with your physical conditioning during the recruitment process, so make sure you’re well prepared.

3. Acquire the right information

Now that you’ve covered the basics and are mentally and physically prepared, it’s time to kick your preparations up a notch by gaining valuable information on the entire selection and recruitment process, as well as everything you need to know about the tips and tricks which would get your from being just another aspiring firefighter to actually being one.

As they say, the best information can only be provided by people who have “been there, done that”. Seek the wisdom of those who have undergone the same selection and recruitment process and have successfully overcome all obstacles to become firefighters. People in active fire service are your best bet since the information and knowledge they can provide are certain to be updated and relevant to today’s recruitment procedures.

As they say, if we follow the lead of those who have successfully traversed the same path we’re taking, then your journey becomes much easier.

There you have it, 3 useful tips on how to become a firefighter. I hope this article has served its purpose and has provided valuable insights into how you can have a better chance of reaching your goal of getting into the fire service.

Best of luck to you!

Brent Clayton

After becoming a Firefighter, I developed a massive interest in the Fire Services Recruitment and Selection Processes. I've been working since 2007 to learn everything about how Fire Services Recruitment works. I've tested and refined proven methods to help people get the edge over the competition. Today, over 100 of my former students are living their Firefighter dream.