How do I become a firefighter in California?
To be a firefighter, you will need to have graduated from high school, be at least 18 years of age and completed your Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certificate. In addition, some fire departments want the candidate to have taken several college units prior to applying for the firefighter’s exam.
How much does it cost to become a firefighter in California?
You can expect to spend anywhere from $5,000-$25,000 or more depending on the school and what courses you take. This will be determined on whether you take a basic 10-week training program for a basic firefighting certification or you attend a university for a bachelor’s degree in fire science and emergency management.
What do California firefighters need?
A high school diploma or GED and valid California Driver License are required. A California Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certificate is also required at the time of appointment. To receive updates on firefighter recruitment, please visit the City of Burbank Online Employment Center and subscribe to a job alert.
What are the entry requirements to be a firefighter?
You’ll need to:
- pass a fitness test.
- pass a medical check.
- pass enhanced background checks.
- have a full driving licence.
- be over 18 years of age.
Is 40 too old to become a firefighter?
You can become a professional firefighter after 30, 40, or even 50 at some fire departments. There are departments that have upper age limits between 28 and 40, while others have no upper age requirements for firefighters. There are usually no upper age limits to be a volunteer firefighter.
How much do you get paid in fire academy?
You will obviously need some additional training past EMT to be a firefighter, but many times this training is provided in the fire academy after you get hired. Typically, this pays around $23 an hour or $47,500 a year if salaried.
Is it hard to be a firefighter in California?
It will generally take most people between 2 to 5 years to get a job as a professional firefighter (volunteer positions are usually much easier). There are numerous steps to prepare and a competitive and long hiring process to start a career in the fire service. California has even tougher odds than many other states.
How much do firefighters make an hour?
How much do firefighters get paid? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average firefighter makes about $50,850 annually or $24.45 per hour.
Do firefighters use math?
Firefighters use mathematics to perform hydraulic calculations. Therefore, a strong foundation in mathematics is necessary for the job. Advanced math such as algebra and geometry have proven to be helpful.