What Can You Do Now to Prepare

Becoming a firefighter often takes a great deal of long-term preparation, self motivation, and commitment. Where there is no guarantee that any of the following activities will result in your selection as an entry-level firefighter, experience has shown that participation in these types of activities has tended to distinguish outstanding candidates, and documents and applicants interest in the position.
  1. Education & Training
  2. Physical Fitness
  3. Community Involvement
  4. Miscellaneous
Some community colleges offer Fire Science degrees and/or certificates. This listing is only a sample and does not serve as an endorsement for any one program. Check the availability of classes at your local school.
  1. First Aid Courses
    • Advanced First Aid Certificate (Contact the local American Red Cross for a course schedule)
    • Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate
  2. Fire Service Related Courses (Offered at Community Colleges)
    • Basic English Grammar and Reading Comprehension
    • Basic Math
    • Emergency Medical Technician I Certificate
  3. Fire Service Technology Courses