Considering A Career In The Fire Service
Are you considering a career in the fire service?
Chances are If you’re reading this the answer is Yes. I am writing this to try and help people decide if it is really the job for them or if they would be better off trying something different. To help with this I thought I would cover the good points as well as some of the less appealing points so that you can have a think about it and ask yourself If this is the job for you.
Some people will already have answered these questions for themselves which is great but I think it is important that you do before investing your focus and time into this competitive career.
A career in the fire service offers many opportunities to work around Australia with groups of great people in a team environment, In most cases it also offers you a progressional framework to allow you opportunities for promotion and a chance at a life long career for most people that realise the reality of becoming a professional firefighter. A career in the fire service can also offer you opportunities to specialise in many different area such as rope rescue, road rescue, emergency medical etc just to name a few.
With all of these opportunities come some downside and I think it is worth considering for more than a few seconds and having a think about how you would deal with some of these downsides.
As a firefighter when responding to emergencies it is obviously due to someones misfortune in varying degrees as far as they could have lost their property, a loved one or they could be in bad physical condition due to the emergency such as a motor vehicle accident or rock climbing incident etc. On the other side of it you will be exposed to hostile environments where you will be expected to perform under stressful conditions such as extreme heat and heights etc, this can also be compounded by the above mentioned human factors.
Another thing a lot of perspective firefighters sometimes forget is the amount of training and maintenance that happens on a daily basis around a fire station and how this can become monotonous if it is simple tasks that are still very important and need to be carried out often and in a methodical manner. There is also administration and cleaning duties that happen on a daily basis.
A career in the fire service Is a terrific choice and I would encourage anyone who is thinking about it as I have found it terrific but I think it is wise to have a think about the above as well.