Personal Narrative: A Career In Firefighting

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So you have decided that you want to have a career in the firefighting industry. You want to become one of the modern day heroes those little kids look up to. It is time to make this dream job your real job by following these steps.

Step 1 - Know the requirements.

First and foremost you need to know what the requirements for getting this position are. Every fire department have their own set of specifications, here are the most basic and common. But keep in mind that having all the requirements will only get yourself qualified but does NOT guarantee that you will get the job.

- Minimum age: 18 or 21 years old (depends on the state)

- The minimum requirements will also include that a candidate have a high school diploma or GED

- Valid Driver's
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-Fire Technology courses completed from a community college

Step 2 - Get Certified.

Now that you know what the requirements for this job are, it times to make sure that you acquire all the necessary certificates.

EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) Certificate - The course lasts one semester and in it you'll learn advanced first aid techniques. You can enroll yourself in a local community college, adult education programs and private vocation schools for this course.

Paramedic License - You may apply for a paramedic program on your local area. Contact your local office of emergency services to find a list of schools on your area. Paramedic programs are very competitive and will usually last eight to two years.

CPR Certification - you can get this on your EMT (emergency medical technician) Course.

CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test) card - Keep yourself physically healthy to be able to pass this rigorous test. This is to test your ability to do the job itself.

Step 3 - Keep your records clean.

The next phase is to make sure that you have a squeaky clean record. Applying for this job requires that you do not have any criminal record, traffic issues and history of drug

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