Your question: How do I know if being a firefighter is right for me?

Do you need to be smart to be a firefighter?

Although firefighters do need to possess a certain degree of intelligence, there are certainly many other professions that require more “brain power” than being a firefighter. I consider firefighters to be of average intelligence, but very well-rounded.

Is firefighting a good career for me?

Firefighting is a rewarding career that offers a very high level of job satisfaction. Being a firefighter is a great job if you enjoy helping people and serving your community, but be aware that it can be demanding, stressful, and even dangerous at times.

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.

Are firefighters happy?

Firefighters are one of the happiest careers in the United States. At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, firefighters rate their career happiness 3.8 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 16% of careers.

What skills do firefighters need?

Firefighters need:

  • To maintain top physical condition such as aerobic endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance and agility.
  • Good judgement and quick decision-making based on knowledge and experience.
  • Ability to give and take orders and function well in a close team environment.
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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.

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