How do you become a firefighter?

Is it a hard process? Btw, I notice most are tall strong white men.... I'm a 17 year old Puerto Rican dude, not to sound racist but would that be held against me? Do they get paid well?

I'm in NYC btw....

3 Answers

  • 8 years ago
    Best Answer

    This will vary greatly depending on what part of the country you live in. I speak from the Pacific North West perspective. Competition for fire jobs here is pretty fierce. Physical fitness is a key element, so stay fit. Team sports are good for this. Most agencies in my area are mostly interested in Paramedics. So getting EMT certified at any level will be a good idea. Becoming a volunteer resident or looking for some sort of volunteer program is also helpful. Go to a local fire station and ask the crew on duty. I am sure they will have some good tips

    Source(s): 12 years police, fire liaison
  • Jack
    Lv 5
    8 years ago

    Take the FDNY test. They have a web site.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    You just get a hose and start spraying! There, now you are a firefighter! Congrats!

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