Probationary Firefighter 101: A Guide To Your First Year

probationary firefighter

How long is probation and what can I expect as a probationary firefighter, is a question I hear a lot The application process for becoming a firefighter can seem long and complicated. There are so many hoops to jump through, such as fitness tests, medical screenings, background screening, firefighter interviews and sometimes even polygraph examinations. … Read more

How Much Does It Cost To Become A Firefighter?

how much does it cost to become a firefighter?

Firefighting is a dream career for many people, but many are left wondering how much does it cost to become a firefighter? As soon as many recruits are old enough to join up, they want to be right there on the front line serving their community and helping out where they can. There is often … Read more

Fire Department Ranks and Structure: A Complete Guide

fire department ranks

If you’re an aspiring firefighter, have you ever wondered what the other fire department ranks are and what are your chances of getting promoted? It’s important information to know before you apply to any department. Across this site, you will find many guides that I have created about becoming a firefighter in the US, and … Read more

A Simple Guide To The Firefighter Medical Exam

firefighter medical exam

Part of becoming a firefighter is have a medical exam.  But, if you’ve ever wondered what to expect during a firefighter medical exam, you’re not along. In this article, I want to give you a quick run-through of some of the different aspects of the physical exam in the hiring process. This can help you … Read more

Do You Need A CDL To Drive A Firetruck?

do you need a CDL to drive a firetruck?

If you’ve ever been to a parade undoubtedly, you’ve seen firefighters in their truck.  But, have you ever wondered if you need a CDL to drive a firetruck?  If you have you’re not alone. In this guide, will explain why CDL isn’t mandatory while also discussing some other important considerations about your driving skills and … Read more

Do I Need A Degree To Become A Firefighter?

Do I need a degree to become a firefighter?

Do I need a degree to become a firefighter, is a question I get a lot.  The role of a firefighter is one that requires a lot of training, specialty skills in specific areas and a good level of intelligence. We don’t always think of firefighters as being college-educated, although there is no reason why … Read more

7 Benefits to Becoming a Volunteer Firefighter

benefits to becoming a volunteer firefighter

There are never ending benefits to becoming a firefighter, but in this article I want to highlight seven benefits to becoming a volunteer firefighter. Thousands of kids across the United States dream of becoming a firefighter when they grow up. Unfortunately, not as many actually do! If you would be interested in pursuing a firefighting … Read more

Can A Firefighter Arrest Someone?

can a firefighter arrest someone

One question that a lot of people ask is can a firefighter arrest someone, or not? So, whether you are an aspiring firefighter, or just someone interested in knowing if a firefighter can also play the role of law enforcement, read on. First and foremost, it is worth noting that police and firefighters are both … Read more

What Is Firefighter Turnout Gear?

what is firefighter turnout gear

Whether you use the term bunker gear, PPE or turnout gear a lot of aspiring firefighters are left wondering what is firefighter turnout gear?  It’s a good question because it is arguably the most important piece(s) of equipment you will have.  As a firefighter, you need all the protection you can get, and your turnout … Read more