Ongoing Education & Training
A successful firefighter, in addition to performing assigned duties, must also be a good student. In this day and age, firefighters go through continuous in-service training, adding new facts to and modifying his/her existing firefighting knowledge. This training involves many subjects including fire tactics, public education, hazardous materials and emergency medical and rescue procedures.
Time Demands & Team-Oriented Work
Firefighters spend extended periods of time living and working together as a company or team. On shift, they will spend 24 hours doing apparatus and equipment checks, administrative duties, hydrant detail and maintenance, physical training, and special projects or details as well as training, cleaning, having meals together, and responding to fire and emergency medical calls. Effective teamwork is essential in order to carry out the details involved with this profession.