How To Become A Firefighter [Infographic]

how to become a firefighter

By Claire Kaufman

Firefighters are the nation's heroes, from the local volunteer fire brigade to the brave FDNY force who rushed into the burning Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. Despite the dangers of the job, firefighting attracts many more applicants than there are positions available. The career is poised for rapid 19 percent job growth in the 2008-2018 period, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But competition will heat up as more and more apply to serve their communities and earn such job perks as a flexible schedule and generous pension.

To secure a coveted spot on the squad, transform yourself into a fire warrior. The infographic below details the steps you can take to ignite your firefighting career. Check out online degree programs in public safety and fire science to learn about your educational options.

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Great Article - I've always wanted to be a firefighter! There's a good site that's missing from this list above though. I found a lot of good information at I hope I'm lucky enough to pass the CPAT my first time around!

December 16 2013 at 10:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Lots of respect for anyone who does that kind of work.

May 11 2012 at 7:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Join the Navy and become a firefighter there first and than you can come out of that and you will know whats it like to fight fires and you will get hired in a heartbeat br anyone of those agencies

May 11 2012 at 3:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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