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Becoming a Firefighter: The Two-Year Plan

Battalion Chief Paul Lepore

If still in high school look into a Regional Occupational Program (ROP).

Many local fire departments have community outreach recruitment programs.

Graduate from high school or obtain your GED.

A diploma is much preferred.

Talk with a counselor at a community college that offers fire science courses.

Set up a course curriculum that allows you to obtain a two-year degree in fire science. If the local college does not offer a fire science program, find one that does.

This curriculum should also allow you to complete the prerequisite courses for a fire academy.

Take an Emergency Medical Technician Course (EMT).

This will accomplish a few things. First of all, it is a course required by most departments. It will also let you know if this profession is for you. If you find you can’t handle the sight of blood or helping people during crises, the fire service may not be for you.


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