You’re the community’s protector. Firefighters are first responders who not only extinguish hazardous fires but many have an EMT certification.

In an emergency, firefighters are one of the first responder to arrive, entering burning buildings and breaking through debris to locate and rescue individuals. It’s a career that requires a lot of hard work, long hours of training, dedication and a selfless commitment to help others. As a firefighter, you need to be physically fit, able to climb stairs, carry equipment, raise ladders and drag heavy water hoses. One hundred feet of hose weighs almost 200 pounds.

To become a firefighter, you’ll need to graduate high school. You may also want to consider earning an EMT certification. If firefighting is a lifelong career, look into bachelor’s degrees in fire science, so you can advance your career.

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