To become a firefighter in the state of Louisiana 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
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.
Although each city in Louisiana is different the following is typical for Louisiana firemen jobs.
You must take and pass the Civil Service Entrance Exam with a grade of 75 or above. You must submit your application to the department at which you are testing.
You may also check to see if EMS certifications such as First Responder, EMT or Paramedic and Haz-Mat training is needed.
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.
Ask firefighters questions such as what is the turnover rate.
Ask firefighters what benefits come with the job.
Family is one way to describe firefighters. 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.
You will not only fight fires but also be on the scene for car accidents. and other events that may require a firefighter there. Children look to firefighters as role models. Becoming a firefighter is not for everyone.Firefighters train under gruelling conditions.