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Q&A Feature: How Do I Become a Firefighter?

Q&A Feature: How Do I Become a Firefighter?


We here at FireLink are constantly being asked questions such as: “how do I become a firefighter?”, “what is expected of me physically?”, and “do I need a college degree?” There is no one better equipped to answer these questions than firefighters themselves, so we have compiled a list of responses found in our Forums. So, here’s a quick guide to some of the best Q&A we’ve found to help you get started in your career. If you don’t find what you need, post a new thread!

If you have already gone through the process of becoming a firefighter, or are plowing through it at the moment, and would like to submit your own advice, email us. Your submissions are greatly appreciated as we want to keep our information up-to-date and accurate to serve the firefighting population as best we can.

Click the links below to read up on a specific question, or just follow the links at the bottom of the page to flip through all of the topics.

Q&A Topics

1. CPAT preparation

2. Degrees and Certifications

3. Fire Science Colleges

4. How old do I have to be?

5. Interviews

6. Joining a Department

7. Preparing for Physical Training

8. Preparing to become an EMT

9. How Do I Become a Firefighter?

10. Words of Wisdom

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Note: These Q&As are taken directly from our Forums as a compilation of user advice. They are in no way a reflection of’s opinions, research, or advice. They may or may not have been edited solely for the purpose of readability, not content. For an official FireLink guide, please Battalion Chief Paul Lepore’s article on “5 Steps to Becoming a Firefighter.”