Become a Fire Fighter
So you have decided that you want to pursue a career in fire science but you are not sure which school is right for you. In general, in order to become a fire fighter you are going to want to have a minimum of an associate’s degree and most likely a bachelor’s degree in fire science. It’s not required in all areas of the country but it certainly gives you a leg up on the competition. There are several great schools that offer fire science programs and we are going to show you the best of the best below:
Featured Fire Science School
Grand Canyon University - The Master's Degree in Fire Science is designed to provide students with the general education and technical training to succeed as a Fire Science professional. Like many of the other fire science schools you can get an associate's or bachelor's degree in several public safety fields at GCU.
We put together some excellent degree programs above to prepare you for a career as a firefighter. We really want you to provide a unique value proposition as you apply for your first job as a fire fighter. While there is no set formula for becoming a fire fighter that will guarantee you the job of your dreams, there are definitely things that you can do to help your cause. Here is a quick list:
- Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science or Criminal Justice
- EMT Certificate – Get your EMT certificate and don’t let it expire.
- Paramedic License – Get you paramedic license and don’t let it expire.
- CPR Certifications – (CPR for the Professional Rescuer, CPR for Healthcare Providers)
- Firefighter 1 – Academy Certificate
- Firefighter 1 – State Certification
- Volunteer experience – volunteer at a local fire department doing anything at all to get experience
- EMT experience – since fire fighters normally respond with EMT personnel, it’s important to be prepared
- Ambulance driver’s license – make sure you keep this current
You can see from the list above that it takes some time and effort to become a fire fighter and to really make yourself marketable in this industry. Don’t be afraid to go for the job of your dreams.