The alarm sounds. You now have about five minutes to get yourself ready and aware for what your about to be facing. During those five precious minutes, someone's house is a blaze with fire. It is your duty to put that fire out, preserve as much as possible, and protect life. Do you think you could handle so much responsibility, pressure, and risk? I know I could. It is a dream of mine to become a firefighter in all sense of the word. I enjoy the thought of risk taking and even helping people, which is why I think that this profession would be just right for me. Ever since I was about 11 years old, and my house had caught fire, had I wanted to be a firefighter. Just watching all of those skilled firefighters mesmerized me. They had such precision and knew exactly what to do in what seemed every situation that would be thrown at them. I feel as though this is their personality and traits added to this accuracy at being so good at what they do. I also have quick reflexes, good stamina, and I tend to think of myself as a fast and logical thinking, just as they all were. I chose this career not only for my liking to it, but also because of the growth in the profession. Firefighting is a field that has potential for growth in the coming years, the education, requirements, and dedication are all equally important to this extremely dangerous, yet exciting job. Firefighting is one of the most dangerous jobs out in the occupation world today. Summed up as a whole, firefighters are trained to fight fires, rescue people in need and provide medical services for humans and animals. There are many steps needed to prepare to be a firefighter. Your characteristics and personality play a big role in choosing this career. Being outgoing and a people person will help out dramatically. Firefighters live in the station when on call or duty. The setting in the stations is very "dorm like" (Pitts Interview 9/20/05). It is described as a college life setting, living with many other people. You have to be willing to get along with others through communication and compromise. Also, firefighters have to prepare themselves to be in top physical shape. Sometimes, physical strength of firefighters is described as "top notch" because they have to be able to run and lift heavy materials, while at the same time carrying equipment with a large quantity of weight. Another step needed to get ready to be a firefighter is having a good background in schooling.
To be a basic firefighter there are a few tests you need to pass. To start off, you need to be at least 18 years of age. Also, you need to have 30/20 vision and this will be determined by taking an eye vision-screening test (Fire Protection and Safety Technology par. 3). Having a high school diploma is a must. Passing a medical, physical, and written test is mandatory. The last test you need to pass to become a basic firefighter is a background test. If you have no criminal history, you will inevitably pass this test with flying colors. The difference between a basic firefighter and a regular firefighter is; a basic firefighter is not actually allowed to put out any fires. He or she is able to train to be one, but can have no partake in putting out fires or assisting in any medical care or attention. To actually fight fires and be what people actually think of when they hear the word "firefighter", there are a few more steps needed to help you prepare for this. You need to go to college and get a bachelor's degree and finish out school with thirty or more college credits. If you feel as though college is not the life for you, opting to join the military for two service years can also qualify you. This means though, that you need to completely serve out two full year terms in the military without dropping out. After applying for a job and getting hired by a station, young firefighters usually go and work/train at an academy for the first few weeks of their new job. At that academy, they...
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