How to become a Firefighter?

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Do you want to be a firefighter?  Check out what it takes in this video.  One of the most rewarding, sought after careers in the United States is the position of firefighter.  It is a highly competitive profession with a lot of training and schooling required, but we can help guide you to become a firefighter.

Typical Minimum Job Requirements:

  • 18 years of age
  • High school graduate or equivalent
  • Valid California Driver’s License
  • Possession of an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT1A) Certificate at the time of hire

Highly Desirable Qualities:

  • Fire Science Degree
  • Paramedic License
  • Fire Academy Certificate
  • Volunteer Fire Service Time

Obtaining a Fire Science Degree, Paramedic License, and Fire Academy Certificate are all very important and can be obtained locally from San Diego Miramar College and Southwestern College.

Mental Characteristics:

  • Self-motivated
  • Team Player
  • Desire to serve and help people
  • Ability to work in diverse communities
  • Ability to follow directions
  • Ability to think on your feet under stressful conditions

 Physical Characteristics:

  • Ability to successfully pass the firefighter Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) or other fire academy physical ability test

If you are interested in a Firefighter position, please contact National City's Human Resources Department.

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