If you're eager to embark on a journey into the emergency services, a great starting point could be conducting a bit of research on the Explorer Post program (suitable for those under 18). This is where my own adventure began when I was 14, right at my local volunteer fire department. This program is designed for young people aged 14-18, and it's a fantastic way to get a glimpse into the profession, acquire job-related skills, and get answers to any burning questions you might have about the field. You'll be pleased to know that hundreds of professional and volunteer fire departments nationwide actively participate in this program.
If you're 16 or above, you might have the opportunity to enroll in an EMT class, which is sometimes offered free to high school students. This certification is often a key requirement when you're ready to apply to become a professional firefighter. A significant part of a firefighter's role involves providing emergency medical care to those who are sick or injured. This class will offer you a valuable peek into that aspect of the job and give you a head start with opportunities once you graduate.
I hope you find this information useful!
Chris - Firefighter/Paramedic
Christopher recommends the following next steps: