Become A Fireman

Female Firefighters

March 16, 2009 by  
Filed under Becoming A Firefighter, Firefighter News

We Americans suffered great losses during the 9-11 terrorist attack in New York City. Thinking about it brings to mind some of the devastation that we as a country endured. Although it took place many years ago, the pain is very real even today. Many lives were lost, not all directly from the attack. Many people died during the rescue efforts and evacuation attempts. Firefighters responded as quickly as they were able to and saved many lives on this sad day. Many of these firefighters were women. They deserve just as much recognition and praise as the men do.

The women who were at ground zero, and women everywhere who have embraced firefighting as their career of choice need to be recognized for their bravery and untold sacrifices. Most people do not know that women have been involved with firefighting in some way for the last 200 years. During World War II the firefighting world was actually dominated primarily by women because they were a necessity at the time. When needed, women are there to take up the slack. When the men were all away fighting the war, women stood in their places just as bravely as the men did.

The first female firefighter was Molly Williams who was a slave in New York. From then on women found their way towards fire departments and stood hand in hand with the men who were already there. They worked side by side to help save the lives of people whenever the opportunity presented itself. Wounded and fallen female firefighters have gone unnoticed and most people are not aware that these firefighting women exist. These women are more than just ordinary firefighters, some hold positions in command and they carry these titles proudly. Today strong and brave women everywhere are in full support of female firefighters to keep them from fading into obscurity. The amount of female firefighters in the service is always on the rise. In the United States alone, there are approximately 30 to 40 thousand of these brave women. These large numbers are too large not to attract attention. However not many people are willing to bring this to light. It is up to us to educate younger generations, and today’s world about women in firefighting because if we do not do it who will?

female-firefightersIn certain cases, women who have bravely entered the world of firefighting go through a daily battle with their jobs. Often they suffer sexual harassment and are not recognized as being competent in the firefighting world. For most women this is an uphill battle and they have to work very hard every day of their lives to pave the way for those women who follow them so it is easier. Female firefighters have to fight against workplace discrimination as well as gear and uniforms, which are inappropriate for their bodies. They must fight for equal rights and opportunities. One could spend their entire lives listening to the stories female firefighters have to tell and never hear everything they have suffered through. Female firefighters are no longer fighting fires in the shadow of a man. They will continue to thrive as long as people spread the word about their bravery.

Firefighting Around the World

March 1, 2009 by  
Filed under Firefighter Jobs

The term, firefighting, brings images of brave male and female firefighters to mind. These people are skilled in the art of fighting fire and have gone through all the crucial steps to becoming a firefighter. They have studied and practiced for a long time to be where they are. These are the men and women who come to aid us in times of distress or disaster. They rescue people and sometimes animals, making them local community heroes. Most people do not realize the great deal of difficulties they have to go through during their intense and difficult training. Even when training is complete, their job is a very difficult one which unfortunately sometimes ends in the death of these brave men and women.

The art of firefighting is known worldwide, from the smallest rural areas to largest cities and towns. Where there is fire, you will find firefighters doing their jobs. Some of these people are professionally trained, and receive an average firefighter salary. Others are volunteer firefighters, who are not usually paid for their services other than with the respect and gratitude of the community. Some firefighters are known as “call” or “retained” and are paid only when they are called in to respond to an emergency. Most countries in all parts of the world use this same system of firefighters, although there are occasionally some differences.

Germany takes firefighting very seriously. A volunteer fire department exists in every town as well as a professional fire department. However, the amount of volunteer fire departments outweighs the professional ones. Volunteer firefighters in Germany have equal knowledge to professional firefighters and will often work with them on the same calls. Even though these firefighters and women generally have the same training and skills as career firefighters, they are still called volunteer firefighters.

Venezuela has a special group of firefighters called university firefighters. These people are specifically trained to respond to fire related emergencies in universities and campuses in the country. They fight fires specifically within campus boundaries and surrounding zones, which are relevant to the university. Venezuela takes education quite seriously both in university, and in their fire department. They are also expected to design and develop new firefighting technology and ideas, and this is encouraged by the government. Eighty percent of university firefighters either possess a degree already, or are working towards one. This ensures a higher level of ability and intelligence, proving that a higher education applies to all areas of life.

firefighting-around-the-worldAustralia has two groups of firefighters, which are volunteer and career firefighters. Volunteer firefighters are trained similarly to career firefighters and are trained to assume command if they are the first to arrive at the scene of a fire. This includes assuming command over local fire departments as well. Volunteer firefighters are usually paid by their employers if they are called away to fight fires while they are scheduled to work. Although each country has small differences in the way their fire departments are run, the art of firefighting is universal.

Steps to Becoming A Firefighter

February 27, 2009 by  
Filed under Becoming A Firefighter

If you are interested in becoming a firefighter, some things need to be done in order for you to succeed. First there is training, then the application process which includes background checks, physicals, and a health exam. Every fire department in the country have their own specific requirements for those who want to apply to work with them. Guidelines in most fire departments are similar. You must complete fire academy training in all cases. Becoming certified to respond to fire emergencies is necessary because without it you are not only putting your own life at risk, but the lives of others.

The first thing you must go through is the application process itself. This is similar to the process of many other jobs in that a background and criminal history check will be done to ensure you have a clean record. They especially look for any previous charges of arson or other fire related crimes. A clean background check is important because your job will be to provide the public with a safe environment to live in. Most fire departments require a physical exam and a psychological exam to ensure that you are up for the tasks and stresses of the job. After the application process is complete, you will be ready to learn all the essentials in fire fighting at the fire academy.

The fire academy is where all applicants will learn about fire as well as the different techniques for extinguishing them. They learn about the proper use of equipment and carry out many fire rescue procedure drills until they have them memorized. The science of fire is taught and is very important to learn. You cannot help fight an enemy you know nothing about so learning about everything associated with fire is very important for your job. After your fire academy is completed, you will be able to be placed in a fire department so that you can get the hands on experience that you need. You might have to work without pay until you can be hired on as a full time firefighter. There is usually a waiting list at each fire department to be hired on professionally.

becoming-a-firefighterAfter finishing the application process and fire academy, you are officially a firefighter. You have the certification to be recognized as a firefighter. Most importantly, are the qualities you will have inside yourself and how you have grown as a person. These qualities cannot be taught in any school. You will have patience, dedication, honesty, and a deep love for the job you’ve set out to achieve. You will have the confidence to say that you are a firefighter. Once you have the requirements to become a firefighter you will be able to get started on your journey to save the lives of many in a community that has given so much to you. Most importantly, it is a way to give back to the firefighters who spend each and every day saving lives, becoming heroes in the eyes of others.

Requirements to Become A Firefighter

February 3, 2009 by  
Filed under Becoming A Firefighter

If you are interested in the steps to becoming a firefighter, you must first be aware of the job requirements. While these will often differ from state to state and even city to city the following will give you a basic idea about what you can expect.

Generally, you must be at least 18 years of age to be accepted into any fire department or training academy. However, some allow 17 year olds to apply. Certain applications also have a maximum age of 29 years to apply. You will need to contact your local fire department to find out the exact age requirements. Most fire departments and academies also require that you have your high school diploma or GED equivalent. This is a common requirement for not only firefighting, but also in order to get continuing education in any chosen field. Many fire departments require that you complete special courses or special education in fire fighting such as EMT Basic or EMT 1 before you can even apply for an entry-level position. Once you have successfully a course in EMT 1 or higher, you can become registered with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, or NREMT. For fire departments, which require these additional courses, you will need to show proof of certification before you may be accepted into the firefighter training program.

With some fire departments, it is required that you have a clear driving record, and must have a valid driver’s license. In some states, they will go back three to five years in your driving record to check for any problems you may have had, and what happened. You cannot have any criminal convictions or offenses on file, especially those that would be in relation to the job of an emergency worker. Every applicant must be in excellent physical shape and a complete physical assessment must be completed during the recruitment process. The fire departments own physician will also conduct a medical exam to ensure you are in perfect health. Your vision must be perfect in most cases, and often times it is preferable to be above average vision. Peripheral vision and color vision is also tested along with your hearing. Both vision and hearing must be unaided.

Some additional qualifications may be a good idea because they help your chances in being chosen for a firefighter position and show your willingness and dedication to firefighting. Volunteer work is one of these qualifications and can be done during high school in firefighter related fields. First aid work or training, driving emergency vehicles, or any form of medical training can be used to an advantage when applying for a position. Any trade or academic program in the firefighter field or relating to the field will definitely be an advantage for you. Be prepared to have a copy of your transcripts on hand when you are applying.

firefighter-jacketFire departments are very particular about who they hire and will only hire the best of the best. This is because a lot of trust and stress are put onto the male and female firefighter. Someone who is physically strong, as well as mentally and emotionally strong is necessary to perform the kind of job firefighters do. The stress of the job can bring even the strongest of men to his knees. Firefighters have the realization that any call they respond to could be their last, and that the jobs they do can lead to long term health effects from breathing air contaminated with smoke and chemicals. It is because of these reasons that most people have no desire to be firefighters, and do not have what it takes. Very few people make their dream of becoming a firefighter a reality.