So I’m in college right, but am beginning to believe I am heading in the wrong direction. (Just in terms of doing something that is going to make me happy for the rest of my life) I have always wanted to get into firefighting since I was a kid and am beginning to believe that this is something I would like to do for the long haul.
I am aware that the job is physically and mentally grueling, and the huge commitment that the job requires. However, I have no idea how to get started, so I have some questions for any firefighters out there: How do I get into a fire academy? Do they require any prerequisites? Is education required? Could you give me some insight into what goes on in a fire academy? Do you often have to take on a second job? Are major departments really only hiring veterans right now? (was told to me) Is it harder to get into a department in a big city? Do you find that new firefighters coming in are just doing so because they want to be heroes, or do most of them have their hearts truly implemented into the job? Sorry for the trouble guys, but I am just looking for a heads up on how to get started and what to fully expect. Throw in any advice you feel is warranted as well. Much thanks and appreciation.