How To Become A Volunteer Firefighter
Want to learn how to become a volunteer firefighter? You can become a volunteer firefighter to help your community. And if you really like the work, it's possible you may advance to becoming a paid fireman. Working as a volunteer firefighter is a very dangerous job because you will be entering burning buildings and perhaps trying to save someone’s life. It would be very wise to get training before you start a career as a volunteer firefighter.
- Read books and publications about how to become a volunteer firefighter. Graduate from high school or obtain a GED. Visit or call your local fire department to find out what the requirements are for becoming a volunteer firefighter.
- Speak to several fire department recruiters in your area or find recruiters outside of your area to help you become a volunteer firefighter. Let the recruiter know that you are interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter and she should be able to help you get started. Follow her advice and do exactly as she tells you.
- Complete the volunteer firefighter application to help you become a volunteer firefighter. Prepare yourself for training after you complete the application process and background check. Study and pass a written examination, a physical agility examination, a medical examination, a psychological examination and an oral examination. Take the 110 hour National Fire Protection Association certification course and pass it. You are now a volunteer firefighter.
- Apply all the skills and training that you have learned as a volunteer fireman. You will need them as you work under very hazardous and dangerous conditions. Most departments will require you also to go through basic fire fighting training which may be practicing how to exit and enter a burning building. Training may also include the proper way to use a fire hose to put out a fire. Think safety first and try to learn as much as you can about this type of work.