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.