To become a firefighter in the state of Missouri You must be a U.S. Citizen
You must be over 18 years of age
You must live within a reasonable distance of the fire station You must pass a physical exam
You must have a driver’s license and a social security card You must have a clean background
Missouri also requires to become a firefighter
You must successfully complete an approved Missouri Fire Fighter I training program and provided verification of completion.
You must successfully completed the Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations Classes and be certified to the Awareness and Operations levels. The classes must be approved by the Division of Fire Safety and meet the requirements of NFPA 472-2008, Standard on Professional Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents.
A minimum score of 70% is required.
Depending on the county you live in additional requirement may be needed to become a firefighter.
Your Firefighter salary will vary from state to state.Some firefighters make 24k a year others can make over 100k a year.
Your firefighter training can last anywhere from six weeks to six months.again Each county and state is different..Extreme and fast paced training is required for firefighting.
Consider riding along with your local fire department and talking to the firefighters to get a feel for the job. Ask firefighters questions such as what is the turnover rate.
Ask firefighters what benefits come with the job. Firefighters are like family and will be glad to help you. Unlike the movies, to become a firefighter is a reality.Firefighters work long hours and get stressed.
Your first year and the station will include many challenges. You will be the new guy or girl and will have to learn the ropes. Some Fire Departments will assign you a mentor or an overseer to check with you daily and weekly to monitor your progress.
Understand that just because you are hired that your firefighting career is not guaranteed. Most stations will have you on a probationary period for the first year. If you’re used to slacking off, calling in sick and other poor work habits, choose another job besides being a firefighter
You will not only fight fires but also be on the scene for car accidents. and other events that may require a firefighter there.
When you become a firefighter you will also be looked at as role model for children. Not everyone will become a firefighter.As you train as a firefighter you will be tested under grueling conditions and only the strong survive.