If you’re an aspiring firefighter, the fastest and easiest way to get where you want to be, is to follow in the footsteps of those who have done what you are trying to do. Remember, success leaves clues. As an aspiring firefighter, it’s important to learn from those who are where you want to be.
This holds especially true when it comes to getting hired as a firefighter. The good news is; you don’t have to go through this process alone!
The fire service is a unique entity, complete with its own sayings, traditions and history. It is crucial that you find yourself a mentor. When looking for a mentor there are a few things to consider…
Your mentor is someone you trust.
This seems obvious, but it is crucial! Trust is a huge part of being a fireman, and it is integral to finding someone to help you through this process. Make sure your mentor has your best interest in mind.
Your mentor is someone that is where you want to be.
Everyone will have an opinion and try to tell you the ‘right’ way to take tests, answer interview questions and get hired. It’s important to make sure that the advice you’re getting is tried and true; from someone who has been exactly where you are and is now where you want to be.
Your mentor is someone you respect.
This too sounds fairly obvious, but it is important to remember we are the average of the 5 people we spend the most time with. A mentor is someone who you will be speaking to regularly and spending time with, someone you would like to emulate in some way. Make sure they have your respect.
If you know of someone or have an idea of someone you would like to ask to mentor you through this process, make sure they meet this important criteria!