Kw-logo-smaller

Becoming a Firefighter

Firefighters
Firefighters

Do you dream of becoming a firefighter? It’s perhaps one of the bravest and most rewarding jobs out there. Every day, you’ll risk your life to save others.


Qualifications

Nowadays, there’s quite a strict screening process in order to become a firefighter. For starters, you must be at 18 with a high school diploma, driver’s licence, a clean criminal record and 20/20 vision. Some fire departments now require two years of college education, so make sure to check out the specific requirements for your local fire department.


Exams

Written exam – This tests your reading, math, spelling, problem solving, verbal communication, listening comprehension and tons of other things you learn in school. So don’t think you can slack off now and study hard later!

Physical Agility exam – This tests your agility, strength and stamina, particularly your wind endurance and your leg and upper body strength. It tests your ability to work in dangerous and extreme conditions, just like you would on the job. You’ll learn to work while wearing and using equipment that can be extremely heavy and awkward.

Medical exam –This tests for drug use and ensures that you’re in good health.

Psychological exam – This checks your mental health and determines whether you have the appropriate traits of a firefighter. Can you stay calm in stressful situations? Can you make decisions under pressure? Are you kind and empathetic to others? Can you follow directions but also take initiative?

Oral Interview – It can be most nerve-racking part of the exam. You should definitely practice your interview skills with your family or friends beforehand!


For a sneak peak at the types of questions you’ll encounter in the written exam and interview, browse the web for practice tests.


Check back next week to learn about the training and daily duties of firefighting.


Related Stories:

  • Quiz! Find Your Ideal Career Path
  • Becoming a Fitness Instructor
  • Becoming a Police Officer
  • Becoming a Lifeguard
  • Check Out More Cool Jobs!
  • >
    >

    readers voted!

    Comments

    Skater_Skelena
    Not so special -_-
    commented: Thu Sep 12, 2013

    there are 1 more comments

    Please login or register to add comments


    like this article?
    Sign up now to get more just like!

    latest videos

    F1156533442531

    How Many Acres Do Forest Fires Burn Annually?

    • 12,140 acres.
    • 298,000 acres.
    • 1.05 million acres.
    • 4.3 million acres.

    related stories

    Dear Dish-It in the forums

    ILMDGRL
    ILMDGRL posted in Friends:
    I think the title is fairly self explanatory. I don't know how to explain self harm scars and cuts to my friends (don't even get me started on my father) without having them completely freak out on me or think I'm a total basket case. I can't hide most the scars and cuts given their placement. I'd also like to know how to explain it to a friend's parent bc I know that will be a problem too. - (Note: I'm not insane. Just have been a tough time lately and I snapped under too much pressure. I'm not a danger to myself anymore. End of story.) - I don't like to go into detail when discussing my self harm and why I did it, but I know my friends are very inquisitive like their parents. I just want to know how to ride out the conversation and would appreciate any help in the matter. Thanks!
    reply about 1 hour
    smurfetblue
    smurfetblue posted in Friends:
    i sorry to hear abou that, i get bullied also and i know how that feels when no one talk to you or helps you...hope things get better for you
    reply about 8 hours
    jordand08
    jordand08 posted in Friends:
    "AlphaT" wrote:I have thought a lot on suicide...and people in my family have attempted to do so....And I can say with all certainty, it is stupid. But you're not in your right mind when you make that decision, or even think about it seriously.Bullying can lead to suicide, but I urge everyone thinking about it to also think of the good in their life. Exactly, because, I promise, life gets better. Even when it seems like it's not, it does, in the darkest part of your life, you'll find the hope that you lost. 
    reply about 8 hours
    AlphaT
    AlphaT posted in Friends:
    I have thought a lot on suicide...and people in my family have attempted to do so.... And I can say with all certainty, it is stupid. But you're not in your right mind when you make that decision, or even think about it seriously. Bullying can lead to suicide, but I urge everyone thinking about it to also think of the good in their life.
    reply about 8 hours
    jordand08
    jordand08 posted in Friends:
    "hugebear" wrote:This is awesome advise Jordan :)I hates it when I see anyone getting bullied and will always stand beside them against bullies.Suicide is not the answer to problems even if the person feels like its the only way to stop it.I agrees with you.. TALK TO SOMEONE... it really helps to understand and get the emotions out and get help.[Jordan I hopes you doesnt mind but I moved to the Dear Dish It and done the sticky toffee :angel] It's okay Huge, I didn't know which one to put it on, because I knew you'd move it if I got it wrong, but thank you. (:
    reply about 8 hours

    play online games

    Candy-100

    A great online version of the famous Candy Crush. This is the best game launched...

    Big_icon_(7)

    Have you ever fancied being a ranger like those fantasy characters you love so m...

    Big_icon_(4)

    You run across the city in a car chase with the police officers.

    Big_icon_(6)

    The evil master kidnapped all of your friends!

    Ow_fright_ad_100x100

    Explore the world or hang out with friends in your own condo. Get a unique look,...