Author: Rachel Laulu Content Writer for LearningMinute
*Annual Mean Wage of Firefighters, By State Map
Becoming A Firefighter
Does protecting the public by responding to fires and other emergencies have an appeal to you? How about being one of the first emergency personnel on the scene of an accident? If you answered yes to any of these questions then pursuing a career as a firefighter is what you are looking for.
There are multiple routes to take to become a firefighter. In many jurisdictions, however, the entry-level education needed to become a firefighter is a high school diploma or equivalent. *Majority of firefighters typically enter the occupation with a post secondary non-degree award in fire science or a related discipline. Some colleges and universities offer associate's degree programs as well. In general, firefighters must also be certified as emergency medical technicians at the EMT-Basic level; while some fire departments require firefighters to be certified as paramedics.*
Beginning firefighters receive several weeks of training at fire academies run by the department or by the state. *Through classroom instruction and practical training, recruits study fire-fighting and fire-prevention techniques, local building codes, and emergency medical procedures. They also learn how to fight fire standard equipment, including axes, chain saws, fire extinguishers, and ladders. Some fire departments have accredited apprenticeship programs that last up to 4 years.* These programs are a combination of formal instructions and on-the-job-training under the supervision of experienced firefighters.
The map demonstrated here shows the annual mean wage of firefighters, by state, was between $24,120 and $72,540 in May 2012.
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