- The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. Mahatma Gandhi
Become a Firefighter
Firefighters are true heroes who go above and beyond to ensure the safety of their country's citizens. The job is not only noble, but it is highly coveted, with an average salary of over 47,000 dollars a year and a job growth rate of 19% predicted between the years of 2008-2018. But if you want to be a firefighter, you have to think seriously about the impact the job can have on your physical and emotional well being, as well as the toll it can take on your family.
The Attributes Required
There are certain personal attributes you will need to fulfil your role as a firefighter. These include confidence, resilience, adaptability, ability to communicate effectivley, integrity and have a commitment to diversity.
The role of the firefighter is continually changing as new techniques and equipment are introduced. As well as responding to emergencies, you will also be expected to work closely with the community.
Additional roles of a firefighter are:
To prevent fire and accidents from occurring in the first place.
Educating the community by visiting schools, community centres and people in their own homes.
Advising people about planning escape routes within their own homes in case of a fire.
Actively seeking to understand and to value diverse individuals and groups.
Training and Development
As a firefighter you will be expected to undertake a continuous training programme by attending lectures, exercises, practical training sessions and other forms of training to maintain competence levels.
You will be expected to take responsibility for developing your own skills and ensuring that your fitness levels are maintained as the work can be demanding, both physically and mentally.