Is a Fire Service Job Really for You?

Is a Fire Service Job Really for You?

Firefighting, not just in Australia but
anywhere, isn?t all rescuing kittens from trees and rescuing grateful grannies
while women swoon over your display of bravery. Fire service jobs are very hard
work, and understanding the job before studying for the tests and applying for
the job will save you and others time and effort if you were to realize that it
wasn?t for you.

Answering these questions is a key factor to understanding your

Are you trustworthy and open?

Can your team trust you to do your part,
have their backs, and pull your weight; even if there is a huge pile of
pressure on you to push your limits? Can you do it safely?

Firefighting is a team job, and they are
generally a tight knit team. You?ll have to break into their clique and fit in.
You?ll need to be open to helping them develop their fire service skills, and
be open to criticism from them to hone your own skills, especially in the early
months. The learning curve for fire service jobs is steep, as mistakes can be

Can you be trusted with members of the
public, especially when they are stressed? People affected by fires, and who
aren?t firefighters which get used to uncontrolled fire?s destructive
capabilities, are hysterical and exactly the opposite of calm. You need to be
their calming source and their confidence.

You will be a public figure and as such,
rules are set that you must be trusted to follow. Your Fire House is counting
on you to follow their uniform rules, and also their orders on how you deal
with the public, how you do your job and when you train. Often fire service
jobs require you to be on call 24 hours a day and 7 days a week in emergency
situations. Your loved ones may not see you for entire days and the job isn?t
over until it?s over, often you?ll be working until the work is done. Can you
be trusted to be at work when you?re needed and for as long as you?re needed?

you handle trauma?

There are things people should never be
exposed to. There are things more disturbing than nightmares. And THEN there
are things that Firefighters see. Injuries to adults, deceased children, and
maimed animals are only the beginning of a long list of trauma you will
experience in the line of duty.

you responsible enough to maintain your fitness and training?

Fire service is the kind of job that you
have to be at your best at all times. Your physical fitness is your
responsibility and your training is a mix of yours and your team?s
responsibility.  Your fitness is of
utmost importance: you will have to have the endurance to stay on your feet for
several hours, outside, in the middle of summer with a roaring fire so close
that you can feel the heat through your dozens of kilograms worth of protective

Firefighting is not the cushiest office
job. Is this something you can handle?

These questions aren?t meant to scare you
away, but instead to make you realize the reality of fire service jobs. If you
do feel anxiety when you?re answering these questions, it?s not the end of your
dream to be a firefighter, but it does mean you need to work just a little bit
harder than those who don?t. If your response is outright fear, maybe
firefighting isn?t for you.

Regardless of your reaction, you can join a fire service job and you can become more comfortable with the
discomforts associated with it.

A bit of food for thought anyway.




Brent Clayton

  • 7 years ago

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