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!
5. Get your EMT-1 certification and Fire Science Degree
If you don’t have your EMT, get it. It’s required across almost all states once you’re a paid firefighter. For more information, check out FireLink’s Five Things You Need to Know When Becoming an EMT.
For your fire science degree, a two or four-year program is best. Fire science students receive all the basics of fire suppression plus an in-depth understanding of industry science, administration, fire detection systems, hazardous materials, fire behavior, crisis management and incident salvage.
With the increasing competition for firefighting positions, many recruits are turning to formal education to better their chances of getting hired. A fire science degree offers an appealing one-shot deal: Firefighter I Academy + experience + advanced degree.
Candidates holding a high school diploma find it hard to compete against someone with such credentials.