What are the Requirements to Become a Firefighter?

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A person who wants to become a firefighter can expect to have a challenging, rewarding job where she can help people on a daily basis. Firefighters must be prepared to carry out a variety of tasks including fighting fires, rescuing people, educating the public about fire prevention, investigating and inspecting, and cleaning and maintaining equipment. Requirements to become a firefighter vary by state, but the majority of the stipulations are common to all places. To apply, a prospective firefighter must be at least 17 or 18, depending on the fire department. Some fire departments require that applicants are at least 21 and no older than 29. All applicants must have a high school diploma or GED. Some fire departments require applicants to hold an associate's degree or complete a few college credits. Prospective firefighters must be physically fit and possess excellent vision and hearing. In general, each applicant must submit to a medical examination performed by a doctor who has ... more
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It depends on what state and city you live in. Also, do you want to be a volunteer or a career firefighter. Large cities usually hired off selection lists and send you through a traditional Para-military styled academy. Volunteer department usually hire must people who apply and pass their required hiring exams. Start with a trip to your city’s fire department and ask so questions. Look online at their website first so you no a little history before you stop by and talk. Firefighters are always happy to talk to people about joining the ranks! Most departments require you to have Fire I&II, EMT, and Hazmat training. more
A. You must be at least 21 years of age, have a high school diploma or GED, and hold a valid Kentucky drivers license.
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