Frequent question: What are the steps to become a firefighter in Arizona?

How long does it take to become a firefighter in AZ?

How long is training at the Fire Academy? The Recruit Academy lasts approximately 14 weeks. Those who successfully complete the recruit program are placed in the field as probationary firefighters for approximately 9 months.

How much does it cost to become a firefighter in Arizona?

$25 initial application fee/ $25 annual renewal. Applicant must submit an original certification form provided by the Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona . $17 of the initial and annual renewal fee goes to the organization. May be personalized with maximum of 6 characters.

Do you have to go to college to be a firefighter in Arizona?

Firefighter Requirements in Arizona

Many cities — including Mesa, Surprise, and Tucson — require Arizona firefighters to hold a high school diploma or its equivalent. Sedona prefers applicants to hold a community-college certificate or associate degree in fire science.

Is a fireman a good career?

Firefighting is a rewarding career that offers a very high level of job satisfaction. Being a firefighter is a great job if you enjoy helping people and serving your community, but be aware that it can be demanding, stressful, and even dangerous at times.

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How can I increase my chances of becoming a firefighter?

Take classes or get training in any number of areas related to firefighting. Hazmat training and certification is a good example. The general rule is: The more you know about firefighting before applying for a job, the better your chances of being hired. Get into and maintain excellent physical shape.

Do firefighters get drug tested?

You must pass a background check and in some instances, a drug screening as part of the requirements to be a firefighter. If you have a criminal history, or fail the drug test, you will most likely be disqualified from becoming a firefighter.

How much do Smokejumpers get paid?

A smokejumper earns around $16.00 per hour while a smokejumper foreman earns about $24.00 per hour. Smokejumpers are paid nothing extra for making parachute jumps; however, they do receive hazard pay equivalent to 25 percent of their base pay when working on an uncontrolled wildfire.

What is the hiring process for firefighters?

After passing the written test, physical ability test, background investigation and possible other tests you may then qualify for an interview. You can typically expect to face a panel of 3-7 officers (or other personnel) for an initial, but important, interview that will typically last anywhere from 20-30 minutes.

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