What Does it Take to Become a Fire Fighter?

Fire fighters showing compassion

So you are considering following your life long ambition of fighting fires for a living. Good for you, this is a rewarding occupation that takes guts (and patience) to commit to. Now that you are considering your future as a fire fighter who need to know what it really takes.

Being a fire fighter is not for the weak of heart, nor is it a decision to be made lightly. You need to be dedicated and disciplined with a strong desire to put the needs and safety of others before your own. If you are having any doubts, speak with other fire fighters who have had successful careers. Listen intently to what they have to say and make sure that what is required is something that you can handle.

Fire fighting means being able to work as part of a team. The fire fighter by himself is not a hero, it is the efforts of his or hers entire company that makes every fire fighter a hero. If you are not a team player or are someone who needs to be individually recognized, then this might not be the profession for you.

Of course it takes courage and guts to commit to a career in fighting fires and helping to save lives. The training is intense and requires strict discipline in order to complete. You must be motivated and strive to do the absolute best job that you are capable of. There is a lot of physical strength required for being a fire fighter as well as agility, and under the worst scenarios imaginable. This does not mean a fire fighter has to be able to bench 500 lbs, but they have to at least be physically fit and capable of improving on their strength.

One often surprising trait that is looked for in potential fire fighters is compassion. The job requires the fire fighter to have a strong desire to protect and serve his fellow man with an attitude that is compassionate and caring. You must be able to put your own feelings and needs aside if you want to be successful at helping others.

The training involved in becoming a fire fighter is an intense and sometimes long process. It takes a deep desire to excel if you want to be able to complete it successfully. Carefully consider your motives for wanting to pursue this type of career before making a commitment to start on it.

There are a number of different positions that can be held by a fire fighter that you can apply for. Review what is available and choose one that best meets your skills and qualifications. This is a rewarding career to choose that can benefit from any special skills and training you already have.

You have made a courageous choice in picking the exhilarating career of a fire fighter. This is a job that takes a lot of guts, but gets little glory. The glory comes from within, and the way you are going to feel knowing that you worked your tail off in order to save the life of someone else.

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Keeping Sane While Waiting For a Call


Little boys and girls all around the country will still answer fire fighter when asked what they want to be when they grow up. There’s good reason for this. A fire fighter is considered to be a hero in his community with an exciting job that involves driving around in cool trucks all day. While this is a bit far from reality, being a fire fighter is still a challenging occupation but one of the most rewarding you can find.

So what does a fire fighter do when there are no fires to fight or kittens to pull from trees? A fire fighter’s day is a busy one, starting first thing in the morning getting themselves and their equipment ready for whatever emergency may come up.

Mornings are busy in a fire house. Not only do the trucks need to be washed, but all of the equipment needs to be checked to make sure that it is in good working order. You don’t want to find out on a call that a critical piece of life saving equipment is not working right. The paramedics will also be busy making sure that they have all of the necessary supplies and medications to help save a life under any circumstance.

Even after the inspection and equipment cleaning, the fire house will need to be cleaned up too. This is a fire fighter’s home and it’s their responsibility to keep it clean. Some will go out shopping to make sure that there is enough food on hand to feed the hard working crew while others stay behind and make sure that the living quarters are spotless.

If there are no calls, fire fighters will have the opportunity to build on the strength they need with physical training. You will find that the majority of fire houses have gyms set up inside to help the fire fighters maintain the level of physical fitness required for the hard jobs that they are expected to do.

Meals are prepared inside of the fire house by the fire fighters themselves. This is a good time to just sit back and eat while joking around with one another. Camaraderie is important in the job that fire fighters are assigned to do, and living, eating and working together helps to build on that.
Once the equipment and house are taken care of, and the fire fighters have had their chance to work out and have lunch, the afternoons can be spent working on skills to make them better prepared in emergencies. Fire houses will offer continual training for their fire fighters as well as programs that provide for ways to advance in their careers.

After dinner has been eaten and the plates cleared away, the fire fighters are allowed down time. This is an opportunity to study for upcoming exams, finish reports or work on any special projects. Even on a day when no calls come in, the life of a fire fighter is full of important things to do. Not only to make sure that they are prepared for that days call, but to prepare them physically and mentally for any calls that come in the future.

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