10 Steps to Becoming a Firefighter - For Military Service Members
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Step 9: Things You Can Do Today
The best way to avoid the stress of transitioning is to get organized well in advance.
The following is great advice from FireLink featured writer Battalion Chief Paul Lepore:
If possible, put yourself in a position to get fire service-related training such as Medic or Corpsman. Hazardous Materials and firefighter training will also be beneficial. Lastly, work on general education courses so you can earn your Associates degree.
Photo courtesy of the USAF.
When applying to civilian departments…
Do not be intimidated by all of the candidates who have every certification under the sun. They were able to obtain these as full time students while you were busy fulfilling your obligation to the American people.
A candidate who is an EMT, possesses related experience as a reserve or volunteer firefighter and is active taking fire science courses is usually at the top of his or her game. Get your qualifications, learn how to take a fire department interview and earn your badge.