Firefighting involves not only skill and aptitude; it also revolves around ones bravery and courage to save others. Becoming a firefighter needs a great deal of focus and temperament and you need to be spontaneous in your decision making.
There are numerous firefighters’ training academies all around the world, especially in Australia, which issue a fire safety certificate in Sydney upon completing a course regarding firefighting. You need to have a basic high school degree in order to become a firefighter. Other prerequisites include:
1. Basic education:
You need to have cleared a high school degree in order to apply for the position of a firefighter. Basic education also means basic ethics, community management and communication skills, which are all essential for the role of a fireman.
2. Physical health:
You need to be in a good physical shape before you enter the academy for your examination. There is a practical test in order to prove your abilities. The test is known as CPAT which includes climbing stairs, equipment handling, entering forcefully, searching for people and rescuing them. The test is like a scenario in which you have to rescue people from a burning building.
3. Involvement in community services:
You should volunteer for as many community service programs as possible, in order to get into the firefighting academy. It will look great on your resume and serving the community through fighting fire won’t be as difficult for you.
4. Written exam and interview:
The last stage is a written exam which comprises of MCQs and short answer questions related to firefighting. If you clear your exam, you are called in for an interview, which you have to clear in order to fully get certified as a firefighter.
Firefighting needs a lot of endurance. You need to be psychologically fit also in order to deal with the stress related to firefighting.