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From Fire Volunteer to Career Firefighter: A 5-Step Guide

From Fire Volunteer to Career Firefighter: A 5-Step Guide

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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!

No Job? No Problem.



If for some reason you don’t get the job as a paid firefighter, don’t despair. Reasons can range from a bad economy, to a surplus of overqualified applicants. Positions open up all the time, just be better prepared next time and remember:

“All firefighting is a career! It’s not just a ‘job’ but more of a ‘calling’. It makes no difference whether you receive a paycheck or not. All firefighters essentially do the same thing and that is respond to and clean-up after John Q. Public’s mistakes.”.

-Firelink user Axe621



One other thing you might consider is furthering your education. With today’s economy, less stations will be hiring and it’s a perfect time to get that Fire Science degree under your belt.

Click here to check out Fire Science degree programs near you! Click me


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