To become a firefighter in the state of Pennsylvia
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
In October 1985, the National Pro-Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (NBFSPQ) approved the certification processes and procedures established by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner and accredited Pennsylvania to offer Fire Fighter I certification.
EMT certification is also required in many cities in Pennsylvania.
You must complete all firefighting training such as mental evaluations. Depending on the county you live in additional requirement may be needed to become a firefighter.
Understand though your own family comes first in life, a life as a firefighter will be odd shifts with odd hours. At a moment’s notice you may be required to drop what you are doing and leave to the fire station.
Responsibilities can include not only basic upkeep around the fire station but also grocery shopping and cooking for the fire crew.
In the 1980’s and the 1990’s a large city could put up a notice for a firefighting job and thousands would apply. Now with the requirements of college courses in most states the number of applicants has dropped down to approximately 35 per job opening.
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.
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..Firefighter training is extreme and fast paced so be ready!
Becoming a firefighter will be a long lasting job. 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.Women and drinking beer and fighting is not what becoming a firefighter is about.When you become a firefighter realize that you will work long hours, sometimes in very stressful environments.
Theres always a varied degree of events that require a firefighter there. Children look to firefighters as role models. Becoming a firefighter is not for everyone.Firefighters train under gruelling conditions.