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What classes should I take to become a firefighter

Planning on becoming a firefighter but I don't know what classes I should take in college. Should I major in something else as a backup? Or do I just focus on firefighting? college firefighting

Hi Alex, When I saw your question, I wanted to know the answer to this question - what do you see yourself doing as a firefighter? I know where I have lived firefighters are often medical professionals, with a great deal of knowledge in emergency medicine. There are some who have a focus on mechanics and maintenance of equipment. Some firefighters are trained to fight fire in particular areas, like forest fires. Do you see yourself always being a firefighter or would you want to be a Captain or investigate arson? I am not sure that you would need the answers right now but it is something to consider as you begin to look at options for college focus to support your firefighting career goal. Gloria Gloria Ortiz

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Karli’s Answer

A good class to take if you want to become a firefighter is Fire Science. It would also help if you were a qualified EMT. I included a link that is a good step-by-step guide on the journey to become a firefighter. Good Luck!
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Kay’s Answer

Hello Alex, what a great career to explore. The plus with firefighting is most schools offer a program which allows for you to gain certification within a few months at an academy level. To complete a degree in college I recommend Fire Science or Emergency Management. These are great programs that can be leveraged in your firefighting career.

Here is a local academy in San Francisco where you can get more info:

Here is a local university which offers an emergency management degree:

I recommend leaning on advisors for more info but this is a good start.

Hope this helps, best of luck and keep us updated on your progression.