How to become a firefighter
by Clare Kaufman | March 27, 2012
Firefighters are the nation's heroes, from the local volunteer fire brigade to the brave FDNY force who rushed into the falling Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. Despite the dangers of the job, firefighting attracts many more people than there are positions available. The career is poised for rapid 19 percent job growth in the 2008-2018 period, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But competition will heat up as more and more people step up to serve their communities and earn job perks like a flexible schedule and a generous pension.
To secure a coveted spot on the squad, transform yourself into a fire warrior. The infographic below details the education required and steps you can take to ignite your firefighting career.