Your question: How do you know if firefighting is right for you?

The best firefighters are those who have the ability to maintain their composure while, multi-tasking and thinking on their feet in the face of life and death emergencies. They must be able to organize a great deal of information in a short period of time under extreme mental, physical and psychological conditions.

Do you have to be smart to be a firefighter?

Although firefighters do need to possess a certain degree of intelligence, there are certainly many other professions that require more “brain power” than being a firefighter. I consider firefighters to be of average intelligence, but very well-rounded.

Is firefighting a good career for me?

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.

Is firefighting hard to get into?

California is one of the more difficult states to become a firefighter. This is because it is a desirable area to live and has higher than the average pay for firefighters, in many areas. As discussed above, this added competition for jobs means that it may take longer than average to get hired.

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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.

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.

What are the bad things about being a firefighter?

Some of the disadvantages of a firefighting career include:

  • You Witness Innocent People Suffering (and Dying) …
  • You’re there when Families Lose their Loved Ones. …
  • You Miss Family Events. …
  • The Pay isn’t Amazing. …
  • It’s Dangerous.

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 you get paid in fire academy?

You will obviously need some additional training past EMT to be a firefighter, but many times this training is provided in the fire academy after you get hired. Typically, this pays around $23 an hour or $47,500 a year if salaried.

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