What are the top three hardest things that you have to do as a Firefighter?
Being a firefighter is very respectable but a difficult road. Many will go through EMT training and do other types of work while trying to get selected at a probie. Good advice from Jessica - do some research and look into volunteering.
If college isn't the path, which it isn't for everyone, although great to get your degree if you can. Skilled trades can be a great career path - mechanics, welding, electricians - it allows for a lot of options in terms of industry and career path.
My husband looked into becoming a firefighter, and my cousin was one. Here's some things to think about. It's a touch schedule, you sleep at the fire department three of four days at a time, then you get to go home three or four days. It doesn't pay very well, so not enough to support a family. You'll need to get side jobs on your off days, like construction. Sometimes the fireman work together to share jobs like building fences or decks for people. You're the first on sight for every emergency. When someone calls 911 the fire department are the first dispatched so you'll need basic medical training like CPRs etc.
Jessica recommends the following next steps: