Why Becoming A Firefighter Is So Popular

I’m sure you could list of a few of your own reasons for wanting to become a firefighter and get a job with the fire service that would make the fire service recruitment process seem all worth while.

After I finished a session with a guy I was helping through the recruitment process. for the fire service in Melbourne I started thinking why, why is it that so many people want to become firefighters as a career.

I know it sounds like a pretty simple question that you could answer very quickly, but it made me want to figure out the main reasons behind peoples individual desire, particularly before obtaining a job with the fire service and then after being in for a while.

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So I decided to ask those I have worked with, those that I currently work with and the people aspiring to become firefighters. I will list the main reasons that kept recurring through this process. I hope this may help you decide or confirm your desire to become part of the profession.

  1. I wanted a job where no day was the same. Unpredictable and exciting.
  2. I like or liked the idea of being able to help people when they really need it.
  3. Always been interested in firefighting and have wanted to be a fireman or firefighter since I was a child.
  4. Wanted to be in a respected profession within the community and be a valued part of the community.
  5. Like the idea of the diversity of roles covered within the fire service ie. Rope rescue, road accident rescue, fire, hazmat incidents.
  6. Liked the look of the roster and holidays for spending time with family.
  7. I was looking for a secure profession that was not going to be boring and offers a career path.

These are not in order but are the main reasons that kept cropping up again and again. When I was asking people from across the above groups, it was interesting to note that the reasons did not change a great deal between the perspective firefighters and those that have been in the service for a number of years. It was nice to see this theme unfold as it shows the career does offer a rewarding experience, and this is shown by a minuscule number of people ever resigning once they have become a firefighter.

I would really love to hear from you If you would like to share your reasons, so I can add them in here and share it amongst everyone. There may be reasons in there you may never have thought of. I know there are some I did not initially consider which have become more important to me as time has gone on. I wish you the best of luck in your venture to become a firefighter and am here to help you through the process.

Best Wishes,


Brent C

After becoming a Firefighter, I developed a massive interest in the Fire Services Recruitment and Selection Processes. I've been in the fire service 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 300 of my former students are living their Firefighter dream.

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