A career in fire protection services often involves long, irregular hours and hazardous conditions. To succeed in a fire protection career, you need to be prepared to respond to emergencies immediately. You should also have good organizational skills and be able to work within a team. Fire protection involves more than just putting out the fire. You may be required to rescue victims and provide needed medical attention.
There are many tests that you must pass as an applicant for municipal fire protection. These tests may include a written exam, tests of physical stamina, strength, agility, coordination, and a drug screening. You will have a better chance at an entry-level job if you have completed come fire science courses. Many colleges offer two to four year degree programs in fire engineering and fire science. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, ?Firefighters receive training in emergency medical procedures, and many fire departments require them to be certified as emergency medical technicians.? The BLS website also states that promotions into higher positions may require a bachelor?s degree or even a master?s degree.
Publish date: February 10, 2011