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    How hard is it to become a firefighter?

    I was thinking of trying to become a firefighter when i'm around 21-23 years old. Everyone seems to say that it's extremely competitive. How hard would it be to get into a fire department. Not neccesarily like new york city or anything like that, just a decent sized town or city. I plan on getting my EMT certification and then trying to become a firefighter, but what else can I do to give myself an advantage. Is becoming a firefighter harder than becoming a police officer?
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    My cousins husband is one, or actually he just quit after like 6 years... He said he couldnt take it anymore.

    Always removing fxcked up bodies out of cars in crashes, actually having people die in his arms while looking straight into his eyes begging him to "help" them ( several times).

    Very ****ty pay for whats involved, extremely stressful... He said having someone begging for you to help them while they are dieing and you cant do a thing is the worse feeling ever. He said you never forget the look in someones eyes when they are looking you in the eye and die.


    Made me respect firefighters more for sure.
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    I have a friend whos trying to become one.

    dang, that sounds messed up though and I doubt my friend can take that. He's basically trying to take the easy way out and not go to college but if thats true he's in for a rude awakening.
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    Originally Posted by Nickdude
    I have a friend whos trying to become one.

    dang, that sounds messed up though and I doubt my friend can take that. He's basically trying to take the easy way out and not go to college but if thats true he's in for a rude awakening.
    lol 24 hour shifts where ur risking ur life is hardly the easy way out.
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    I heard that it takes a lot to become one. You may meet all the requirements and you still have a very low chance to make it in.

    I think it was something like out of 100 who meet requirements, only 1-2 get picked?
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    That many people are up for a job of low pay and high risk? They need more firefighters in most cities, why are they only selecting 1-2 out of 100? wtf.
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    Talking fire answer

    EXTREMELY DIFFICULT!!!!!!!!!! Ive been trying since 2002. I have taken 6 tests for different depts.(each test has a written, physical agility, background, medical, polygraph and then interview.) Thet lose candidates at each phase. I also have alot of experience(5 yrs volunteer in a busy company), national certifications and my emt license. This is something that i really want to do. Hope you have some connections--it helps. I just lined a few up. If you don't have a clean record or score very well on the written------> 92 and up,, in my opinon dont go to further processing. I live in ny and went to boston mass, denver, all over va. It gets expensive. i wrote off over 7 grand last year in job search expenses. If you have any qustions e-mail me!
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    Originally Posted by silentassasin View Post
    EXTREMELY DIFFICULT!!!!!!!!!! Ive been trying since 2002. I have taken 6 tests for different depts.(each test has a written, physical agility, background, medical, polygraph and then interview.) Thet lose candidates at each phase. I also have alot of experience(5 yrs volunteer in a busy company), national certifications and my emt license. This is something that i really want to do. Hope you have some connections--it helps. I just lined a few up. If you don't have a clean record or score very well on the written------> 92 and up,, in my opinon dont go to further processing. I live in ny and went to boston mass, denver, all over va. It gets expensive. i wrote off over 7 grand last year in job search expenses. If you have any qustions e-mail me!
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    Why do you think you didn't stand out against all of the other candidates?
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    People tend to have a kind of ****ty perspective on public service jobs like fire or police. These days, the reality is that you have to be the cream of the crop to make it. The amount of competition you face in numbers alone is insane.

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    Why do you think you didn't stand out against all of the other candidates?
    strong 6 year bump like hes going to answer your q lol
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    Originally Posted by CliffHanger4Lfe View Post
    Why do you think you didn't stand out against all of the other candidates?
    Just like real estate. Location location! Just turned 58 and being hired as a full timer. Volunteered for 10 years and going to something I'd never even considered 11 years ago.
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