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What is the best education for a fire fighter

#firefighter #firefighting I want to go to college is a definite answer yes, but I am not exactly certain on wanting to become a fire fighter but I just want to know just in case I make the decision to become one, I just want to be 100% certain for my future

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Ryan’s Answer

Hi Colby. It's important that you know that the future will never be 100% certain. Life is FULL of uncertainty. If you always have to be 100% sure, you will have a lot of trouble making decisions, and decisions only become harder as your family and responsibilities grow because your decisions will affect more than just yourself.

To address the education question, you absolutely can go to college and still become a firefighter. I did!

If you're approaching high school graduation and you're still on the fence about whether or not you want to become a firefighter, I would encourage you to go to college and study something applicable to firefighting, but not necessarily exclusive to firefighting. That way you have options if you change your mind about firefighting. Examples of related but not exclusive majors may be business, psychology, sociology, emergency management, pre-med, etc.

Before becoming a firefighter I got my Bachelors Degree in Homeland Security, and my Masters Degree in Trauma Counseling. Both are applicable to firefighting, but also leave other career paths open to me if I decide I don't want to be a firefighter anymore!

You can also work as a volunteer firefighter or EMT while you go to school - that will really help you decide if that's what you want to do as a career after graduation.
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Helene’s Answer

To become a firefighter, a High School degree is sufficient. However, additional education will help you as you grow your career and move into leadership positions. You can also become a fire inspector or investigator where your additional college or university education will help you in being selected for that position and in being better at the job. There are fields where you could become a fire instructor or teach fire prevention to the community. You will also acquire EMS basic skills as a firefighter so you may want to pursue a paramedic's course. 80% of fire calls are not for fires but for medical emergencies and car accidents, for example.

I have a degree in Emergency Management and studied Fire Related Human Behavior where you learn how people react when in a fire situation and how emergency exits are designed. It is a great field whether you do it as a volunteer or in a paid service.

Helene recommends the following next steps:

Find out if your area has a program for high school students who want to try out to see if you like it.
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