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:
- Do some research about volunteering as a fireman and going to community college at the same time. This will help you develop other skills so if you decide to make a career change you have options.