1. California State Fire Marshal Firefighter 1 Certificate: or graduate from a Firefighter 1 academy accredited by the California State Fire Marshal 2. Current CALIFORNIA EMT certification or EMT-P license 3. Valid / current CPAT 4. California Class A or B or C driver’s license 5. High School Diploma or G.E.D.
How long does it take to become a firefighter in California?
It will generally take most people between 2 to 5 years to get a job as a professional firefighter (volunteer positions are usually much easier). There are numerous steps to prepare and a competitive and long hiring process to start a career in the fire service. California has even tougher odds than many other states.
What is the fastest way to become a firefighter?
If you want to learn how to become a fireman, the fastest way to really learn about the job is to speak with a local firefighter. All firefighters undergo post-secondary school training, either in a technical school, college, or firefighting academy.
What are the entry requirements to be a firefighter?
You’ll need to:
- pass a fitness test.
- pass a medical check.
- pass enhanced background checks.
- have a full driving licence.
- be over 18 years of age.
How long does it take to qualify as a firefighter?
What firefighter training is involved? All new firefighters are required to undergo extensive training that normally lasts between 12 and 16 weeks. Even firefighters who have been doing the job for a number of years are required to do ongoing training to ensure they’re at the top of their game.
Is 40 too old to become a firefighter?
You can become a professional firefighter after 30, 40, or even 50 at some fire departments. There are departments that have upper age limits between 28 and 40, while others have no upper age requirements for firefighters. There are usually no upper age limits to be a volunteer firefighter.
How much do firefighters make an hour?
How much do firefighters get paid? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average firefighter makes about $50,850 annually or $24.45 per hour.
What do firefighters do all day?
When not fighting fires, firefighters spend all day responding to medical emergencies and other types of calls, checking equipment, vehicle maintenance, housework/cleaning, writing reports, training and education, physical fitness, public safety demos, and station tours.
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 competitive is firefighting?
The average odds of getting hired as a firefighter on any one test are about 1-in-100 or 1% chance. Even though those are still some tough odds, it is very doable. Those are the odds for one test, but most people apply quite a few times before they get hired.
Do firefighters sleep at the station?
Fire Station Life
A: Sort of. Firefighters often spend 24 hours at a time at the firehouse followed by 48 hours off duty. During this time they eat, sleep, shower, work and relax at the firehouse. So, they essentially live at the firehouse for approximately 1/3 of their career.