From Fire Volunteer to Career Firefighter: A 5-Step Guide
Volunteer firefighting is one of the most rewarding, most fun, and least financially viable professions. Most people don’t have unlimited income to spend, so most volunteer firefighters are stuck between a rock and a hard place trying to work their day job and also get in a few calls. They want to be able to serve their community as a firefighter, yet sometimes they may not be able to afford it.
We’ve compiled a 5-Step Guide to get you in the firehouse full-time, paid. We know you deserve it!
4. Sign up for an entrance exam as soon as possible.
It doesn’t matter if you’re sure you want to be a career firefighter or not- the entrance exam is valuable training for a volunteer. It’s also required in order to become a paid firefighter, so sign up as soon as you can. Again- talk to the department you want to get into. This builds a rapport and is the single best source for information about your future career. They will be able to answer any questions you might have.
”Some advice: Call ahead and make an appointment with a station (career) explaining that you’d like to talk to the people there about the qualifications to become a firefighter. Be on time, dress appropriately, take notes (bring your own pad and pencil). What you want to know is; is the department hiring, how do you apply, what are the qualifications, etc. Wouldn’t hurt to bring some cookies or ice cream (don’t skimp, either bake or buy the good stuff, and enough for the crew).”
-Firelink user Damnthing