How do I become a firefighter?

What are the first steps in actually starting training to become a firefighter?

Update:

A paid firefighter, by the way, not a volunteer if that makes a difference.

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  • Daniel
    Lv 7
    6 years ago
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    It is different everywhere. You need to start by finding out what each department you are looking at requires for their hiring process.

    If they have a civil service test, get some study guides and practice them.

    If they require, or at least prefer EMT-B or paramedic, then get that done. Same thing for Firefighter I or II (some place like Florida and some smaller departments may require it, a lot don't and might not even care).

    Get in shape. Every department has some sort of fitness test. Find out what their test is and practice for it. If they require you to do the CPAT on your own, then get that done.

  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    Take the test, take the physical, take the medical, take the psychological tests. Than go to the academy for anywhere from 4 to 6 months. Then you're a firefighter.

    Source(s): NYC Firefighter for 31 years.
  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    Join the Fire department training academy and learn the right way, study work hard and pass written tests, get along with any male or female. Read up on the history of fire protection and how its served an lead the nation. Also look at EMT work, right now there are open positions for females for patients.

  • 6 years ago

    Apply.

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  • Linda
    Lv 7
    6 years ago

    It will be different in many cities..chose where you

    would like to work,then go talk to that FD..

    Good Luck..

  • 6 years ago

    get a 6 pack and stand next to a car

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