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What does it take to be a firefighter?
July 30, 2013 12:25PM
- Fitness/Agility - Heart Attacks are the silent killer of Firefighters. Their heart rates and blood pressure will increase while inside of a burning building. And the fitness/agility is good for medical responses, also. It will help if ever performing CPR (which requires strength and energy to not tire out as quickly), lifting over-weight patients, and many other reasons.
- Knowledge - Training is the best thing that will keep Firefighters safe while working. There is a Firefighter saying that says,"Train like your life depends on it, Because it does."
- Focus - Firefighters must be aware of their surroundings when working at all times.
- Will - You have to like what you are doing; So if someone cannot stand to be a firefighter, they probably shouldn't be one.
usual Minimum Qualifications :
Pre-Service Fire Fighter Education & Training or NFPA 1001 Level I & II or Ontario Certified Firefighter
Grade 12 Diploma or equivalent
First Aid and C.P.R.-Level C
DZ Driver's License (usually)
Valid Physical Fitness Assessment (usually)
Vision 20/30 uncorrected
Qualifications Cities Prefer:
Hazardous Materials (I, II & III)
Basic Trauma Life Support
Mechanical training and/or experience
Building Construction training and/or experience
Heavy Equipment training and/or experience
Electrical education and/or experience
Experience working as a Firefighter
Ability to swim, including Lifeguarding qualifications
Second Language, including Sign Language