Becoming A Firefighter
If becoming a firefighter has been a dream of yours since you were little, you are not alone. I know for one that I have always imagined myself being called to the scene, riding a mighty fire engine, battling fires and saving people since I was 7, when I received my first fire truck toy for my birthday. Indeed, lots and lots of people would want to be able to be a part of this exclusive group of real-life heroes and be called a full fledged firefighter.
Wanting to be a firefighter is one thing, reaching that goal is another. You see, every year, thousands and thousands of people try their “luck” at becoming firefighters. Some, really serious about landing a firefighting job, while others just want to see if they can make it. Of the many who try out, only very few are chosen. If you’re among those who are serious about becoming a certified, professional firefighter, I encourage you to read on to gain more insights into how you can reach your dream of becoming a firefighter.
I mentioned earlier that lots and lots of people try their luck at landing firefighting jobs and that only a few are chosen. Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean that all those who weren’t chosen weren’t good. In fact, a lot of good people fail the recruitment and selection process! You may now be scratching your head, asking “Why?” or “How could that happen?”. Don’t worry, I won’t keep you waiting for long. You see, becoming a firefighter involves more than just wanting to be one (although that’s a good first step), you should also have the right knowledge and skills to get you through the selection process.
To become a firefighter, you’ll have to go through interviews, psychometric tests, physical tests, aptitude tests and others. Once you make the cut, you’ll have to undergo training under the Firefighter Recruitment Training Course to prepare you physically and mentally for the tough tasks ahead. It’s a long and tedious process you’ll have to be ready for if you hope to be a firefighter.
To know what to expect in the interviews, talk to people you know who’ve been there. Preferably, consult active members of the Fire Service. Being able to anticipate possible questions can help you plan your answers better.
For Psychometric tests, make sure to be consistent with your answers. These tests are designed to contain questions which are similar and may catch any inconsistencies in your answers. You may find free psychometric tests online for free so search for them and start practicing.
Aptitude tests, on the other hand, are designed to measure how well you would do in certain situations. Again, knowing what to expect can mean the difference between passing and failing. Equip yourself with the right knowledge with firefighter training courses from reputable sources. Preferably, choose courses from certified, active firemen so you’re sure you’re getting updated information.
Needless to say, being physically fit to handle the tough and heavy physical tasks is a must if you are to impress decision makers in the selection process. Stay physically fit (if you already are), or start shaping up today if you’re planning to sign up for firefighter selection and recruitment any time soon.
Becoming a firefighter takes a lot of hard work, dedication and discipline. It may take months, or even years to properly prepare yourself for the challenge. However, if your heart’s really into it, no one can stop you from pursuing your dream. I hope that the aforementioned tips have given you some assistance in this regard. Best of luck to you!