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Step 3: Know Your Interests

Step 3: Know Your Interests

Kendra Weikman & Luther Berge

So you want to start a new career in the Fire and Rescue industry, but you don’t know where to begin? How do you choose between becoming a firefighter, E.M.T., paramedic, first responder or a HazMat technician?

The roles of a firefighter have changed a lot over the years, and a firefighter’s job is not just to respond to a call and put out a fire. Firefighting has become a job with many roles and responsibilities. Some departments across the country run as fire/rescue only, while others may have ambulance services, or even a HazMat division.

Figuring out what it is that interests you is one of the most critical decisions you can make at the start of your career. Once you have your interests narrowed down, research the departments in your area that offer those services.

Look a bit outside the box when you are doing your research. Some volunteer stations work on storm spotting or weather watching, while another specializes in carbon monoxide and broken gas line calls.

And thanks to proper technical training, you can stay busy and safe while doing something you love.

Step 4: Mentally Prepare Yourself