Frequently asked questions

Common questions about being a Firefighter

Where might firefighters perform rescues?

Firefighters are called in as first-responders to car crashes, structural collapses, cave, tunnel and ice emergencies. They might often respond to elevator emergencies and industrial emergencies, including those involving power lines. Firefighters also take care of pre-fire planning, hydrant maintenance and child safety seat installations.

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How can I know if I am being paid fairly?

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What are the typical hours for firefighters?

Most firefighter shifts are 24-hour shifts. Some of them work for only 8 to 12 hours, but this is not the usual practice.

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Is there much on-the-job training for firefighters?

How might you contribute to your community and network while considering a job as a firefighter?

Is firefighting a good career choice ?

Is it worth becoming a firefighter?

Do firefighters get paid weekly?

Is it hard to get hired as a firefighter?

How much do similar professions to a Firefighter get paid?

Do firefighters get paid salary or hourly?

Where is the best place to be a firefighter?

Can you become a firefighter with no experience?

How can a firefighter get paid more?

Does a police officer earn more than a firefighter?

How to increase chances of becoming a firefighter?

Can firefighters have another job?

Is firefighting dangerous?

What will disqualify from becoming a firefighter?

What is the polygraph test process to become a firefighter?

Do firefighters get paid at the fire academy?

Do you get paid more as a firefighter if you have a degree?

Is there a lot of competition for firefighter positions and do many drop out of the process?

Can I become a firefighter at 40?

How long does it take to complete the fire academy to become a firefighter?

What are the pros and cons of being a firefighter?

Is there a minimum grades to be a firefighter?

What are the day to day duties of a firefighter?

What qualities make a good firefighter?

What is the most important aspect of being a firefighter?

How long does it take to get Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certified for fire department?

How long does a firefighter background check take?

Can firefighters sleep on shift?

What are the different firefighter ranks?

What are the different types of firefighters?

Do firefighters have good benefits?

How long does it take to become a firefighter?