Do you really want to become an firefighter?
Start by researching and evaluating what a firefighters's job entails.
In addition to education, you have to get trained at the Fire Academy Training, and also gain some mandatory certifications such as EMT certifications, and Paramedic certification.
Most county fire departments have programs where high schoolers can vist a fire station, interact with firefighters, and shadow them for a day or two. If you are a high schooler aiming to become a firefighter then shadowing is a great opportunity to look at the working environment of firefighters and asking them questions.
Most county fire departments also provides emergency response and non-emergency response volunteer opportunities for those seeking a career in the fire service. These volunteer programs provide practical experience through ride-a-longs and regular training.
You must have a High School Diploma to become a firefighter.
Most county fire depoartments require you to earn an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification before you can apply for a firefighters job.
Consider getting other certifications, such as a Paramedic certification, that will help you in your job as a firefighter.
Apply for firefighter jobs once you have the basic qualification of a high school degree, EMT certification, and other related certifications.
If you had shadowed or volunteered in a fire department, use that experience and contacts to help your job search.
The selection process for a firefighter usually includes a written or an oral exam, and one or more interviews conducted by a panel which includes the fire-chief and other high ranking professionals within the fire department.
You must pass a standardized fitness exam as part of the selection process for a firefighters job.
These standardized fitness exams, such as Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT), measures your physical ability to perform tasks such as carrying heavy equipment, climbing stairs, etc.
Once you are selected in the interview process and pass the physical fitness exam, you have the complete additions evaluations.
These evaluations include background checks, medical exams, drug tests, and psychological assessments.
As a newly hired firefighter you must undergo a few months of training at a fire academy.
In the academy you will learn fire-fighting and fire-prevention techniques, local building codes, and emergency medical procedures. You will also learn how to fight fires with standard equipment such as fire extinguishers, axes, chain saws, and ladders.
Continuously strive to excel and grow in your career as a firefighter.