Become A Fireman

Can Anyone Become A Fireman?

February 2, 2009 by  
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When most people think of firefighters, they think of average men and women who just happen to do extraordinary things for their community. However, firefighters are not just average people, they possess incredible traits that help them do their jobs, and do them well. Five traits which are common amongst firefighters are: being resilient, the ability to be flexible, motivation to get the job done, being resourceful, and honesty. Becoming a firefighter must begin on the inside, and many of the personality traits a fireman has cannot be taught.

If a person is to become a fireman, they need to be honest both with themselves, and with the people around them. Sometimes the biggest truth a fireman can tell himself is that he is not a hero. In order to do a good job, a fireman must accept both his strengths, and his weaknesses, and use both in the best way he can. True honesty means that when a firefighter is faced with a challenge above his abilities, he will admit to himself that he is not invincible, and by doing so he can prevent himself, and others from being hurt. Honesty is so important when becoming a firefighter because you need to be trusted with the lives of others and you must also trust other firefighters with your life. A fireman must also realize, that there will be times when he cannot save everybody, because sooner or later he will be faced with the reality that even though his job is to save the lives of others, he may lose someone.

In order to do a better job, a fireman must have resourcefulness, flexibility, resiliency, and be able to motivate himself and others. Firefighters are dedicated to their jobs, and you will never hear one say that they had to miss a fire because they had other plans. Fireman wives can confirm that oftentimes the dedication of a firefighter goes far and beyond the standard working hours.

For a firefighters, being resourceful is important because sometimes they will be faced with a situation where the usual method and tools for dealing with it are unavailable. Because of this, firefighters need to improvise with whatever tools are available to them. For instance: If there was a situation in which the fireman ran out of splints due to the number of people at an accident scene, he would need to think of an alternative quickly.

Motivation is also an important trait that all firefighters should have. Motivation gives each fireman the drive they need to get the job done. They can easily motivate themselves and each other, getting them excited and ready for each call.

rookie-firefightersAll of these traits are important not only to the firefighter, but to anyone he or she crosses paths with. Of all the traits previously discussed, the most important one is by far honesty. It is not a luxury, but a requirement for this field of work. First and foremost, you need to trust yourself in order for the people you help, as well as other firefighters to trust you. If you are a person who have these traits, you could become a firefighter.

How to Choose a Firefighter Academy

January 28, 2009 by  
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Just like any other job, firefighters need special firefighter training and schooling to be able to do a good job. If you are interested in pursuing a firefighting career, it may be difficult at first to find the right academy to suit your goals. Depending on where you live, you may want to consider one close to you, but not all of them are created equally. Some academies stand out due to their excellent instruction and results. One of these fire training facilities is located in San Diego, CA and proudly offers an acclaimed boot camp and instructional course. They specialize in basic fire management training by using portable pumps, basic training in fire details, water usage, and wild land fire behavior, among others. They use former marine drill instructors in a boot camp type atmosphere to train you how to become a firefighter. The course itself lasts 21 days and assists applicants in securing an entry level firefighting job, assuming they pass the course. At this academy, training begins at 5 in the morning and runs until 8 at night. It is definitely not an academy for someone who wants to take it easy.

If you’re looking for a fire academy in your local area, you may want to visit Their user friendly navigation makes finding any information you’re looking for easy. As far as informative websites go, this one is the best at providing contact information and they keep everything up to date. Not only do they provide information on training facilities, but also job postings for those who already have training and are looking for an entry level job with a fire department.

No matter what academy you go to, they all require that you be at least 17 or 18 years of age, depending on which state it is located in. You must also have a high school diploma or GED plus you must also have a valid driver’s license. If you would like a better idea about fire training or for recommendations on which fire training academies you should go to, contact your local fire department. Never be afraid to ask questions as they will only add to your knowledge in the field and help you with your firefighting job in the future. Keep your mind open to everyone you encounter on your journey to becoming a firefighter because you never know who you might meet along the way who will have important information to help you.

firefighter-training-dummyOnce you have successfully completed your firefighter training at your chosen academy, you will need to keep a copy of your transcripts for the course, as well as documentation of any specialized training you received. Any fire department you apply to will require proof of this training in order to recruit you. It will look good for you if you have hands on volunteer work experience. This will improve your chances of being recruited. As long as you’re in peak physical condition, and get the necessary training, you could be on your way to becoming a firefighter. You just need to be focused and determined to achieve your goal and you will get there. It’s not an easy road but the payoffs are great. Being able to help your fellow neighbors in emergency situations is a very rewarding experience and it is responsibility that you must earn.