What It Takes
Many veterans find a career as a firefighter fitting to their experience. The comradery and team skills that you develop in the military translate well to the fast-paced job of a firefighter.
A Desire to Help
If your desire to help others gives you the courage and fortitude to put your own safety aside in order to get the job done, then being a firefighter might be a great fit.
This is a career where you can’t afford to make mistakes. That means making accurate, rapid assessments.
Most of the equipment is high tech and requires you to be detail-oriented. Being able to follow strict procedures—is important for your safety and others.
First Aid Proficiency
You will need a basic knowledge of first aid as you might be tasked with rolls with EMTs and paramedics.
The ability to diagnose what’s wrong with a patient or understanding the structural integrity of a burning building can be a matter of life or death, so being able to quickly solve problems is key.
The equipment for a firefighter can be heavy and are often required to run upstairs or to be able to lift heavy objects, including people.
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