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10 Steps to Becoming a Firefighter - For Military Service Members

10 Steps to Becoming a Firefighter - For Military Service Members

FireLink and Military.com

Candidates who have served our country in the Armed Forces have a huge advantage over those who have not. It is generally believed that while military veterans may not have as many certificates and fire science units as the other candidates (they were busy serving our country), they offer so much more. The personal growth and professional experience a military service member experiences is second to none.

The fire service is a para-military organization and in being so, words like code, honor, commitment and integrity are as important to the fire service as they are to the military.

FireLink and Military.com have joined forces to provide our members – both active duty and veterans alike – with this exclusive, comprehensive guide to prepare you for a transition from your military background to your new and exciting career as a civilian firefighter.

Become a Firefighter... With Help from FireLink!


Let FireLink help you get the job you've always dreamed of....
 5 Step Guide to Becoming a Firefighter
 Quiz: Could You Be a Smokejumper?
 Get Advice: Ask a Firefighter Forum

Step 1: Choosing the Right Fire & Rescue Path >>



Introduction by Battalion Chief Paul Lepore. To read his full article on “Military Experience,” click here.

To begin, click on the links below or just hit “next” at the bottom of the page.

Step 2: Transition Made Easy – Timeline & Checklist
Step 3: GI Bill, Education, & Certifications
Step 4: Picking a Department
Step 5: Applying for the Job
Step 6: CPAT & Written Exams
Step 7: Background Check
Step 8: Fitness
Step 9: Things You Can Do Today
Step 10: Common Hurdles Faced by Veterans


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