NFL Athletes Trying To Be Us

Here’s an NFL athlete wanting to be like us. Crazy, right?

I’m glad it brings awareness to our professional, but I personally don’t like stuff like this where a large company like Gatorade uses our profession to push the career of a random athlete that has nothing to do with firefighting. What kid doesn’t want to be a firefighter.

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How to Become a Firefighter

Becoming a fireman can be a rewarding and exciting career with many experiences that aid in creating a well-rounded individual ready to spring into action at a moment’s notice.

Becoming a firefighter requires some prerequisites, but with the right education and training, you can attain your goal.

The first step is to learn the basics. While real-world experience in the field is indeed the best way to learn what it means to be a firefighter, it is imperative to educate yourself about basics.

This career path is more than just putting out fires. Firefighters are trained experts that are prepared to handle a range of emergencies. Medical emergencies, rescue and treatment, and public education are just a few of the many tasks that come with this job.

Firefighters are expected to remain on call at all hours. The shift doesn’t end when you go home. Many firefighters stay in the firehouse to respond to calls faster, especially in cities.

At the firehouse, firefighters engage in numerous tasks and chores, so they are always prepared for a call.

These tasks include maintaining emergency vehicles, constant training and education (including safe driving techniques), filing reports, preventative maintenance, and working side-by-side with officials on every level in the event of an unusual incident. 

As a firefighter moves up higher in the field, he or she will receive more responsibilities.

The first step to becoming a firefighter is to have a high school diploma, have a valid driver’s license, and be 18 years old. Applicants must be physically fit, pass a background check, and drug test.

Secondly, you must enter and pass a firefighter training program, which usually involves a written test and a strenuous physical fitness test.

Third, some jurisdictions may require applicants to be EMTs before they can become firefighters, as this will teach them how to handle and respond in emergencies.

The fourth step is enrolling in a fire academy, which provides promising students the chance to focus on work both in the classroom and in hands-on scenarios. Attending a fire academy is vital because the courses cover topics that firehouse training may not cover.

Lastly, it is important to know that some firehouses require an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, especially if your goal is to obtain a leadership position.

Some firefighter organizations offer apprenticeship programs that can take up to four years to complete but combine classroom training with fieldwork.

Lastly, it is essential to know that as a firefighter, every day is an opportunity for learning and continued education. Many firehouses mandate weekly training, while some have a full-time probationary period.

Still, others may require a four-year-long apprenticeship. This is in combination with whatever training is necessary to maintain your EMT license.

Many people may not realize that the process of becoming a firefighter involves multiple levels of certification and education. But for those who have a desire to serve their community, the demand for constant learning and training are worth the opportunity to become the best firefighter possible.

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New Firefighting Techniques

Firefighting has come a long way since bucket brigades. Now, technology is moving forward to bring new and exciting innovations for firefighters across the world to provide greater safety and protection.

Each year in the US, fires kill 5,000 people, 100 which are firefighters. Fires injure an additional 30,000 people and 100,000 firefighters. The move towards more sophisticated tools and techniques as well as better protective gear gives firefighters the ability to work with better efficiency and safety.

Water Mist Systems

What better way to protect firefighters than to stop a fire from spreading in the first place?

Water mist systems build upon the traditional sprinkler systems. Rather than spraying with large water droplets, this improved version releases a mist that smothers the fire.

Smaller water droplets make it easier for the system to create more mist. A larger surface area lets the droplets to convert to steam Steam rapidly can absorb great heat from flames and low the temperature of the fire which causes it to suffocate quickly.

Compared to traditional sprinklers, water mist systems are more versatile because they have the potential to stop electrical fires. A bonus is that mist systems inflict considerably less water damage, even compared to dry chemical methods.

Sonic Fire Extinguishers

A sonic fire extinguisher, or a wave extinguisher, uses acoustics and sound vibrations to put out fires.

The idea of using sound to suppress fires is widely understood, but only in the last several years has the technology to harness sound waves been possible.

The extinguisher works by using musical vibrations to separate the air from the fuel, which will smother the flames.

The application of this tool would aid in preventing fires from growing as well as preventing damage to the surrounding area.

VR Training

Perhaps one of the best applications of VR is its use as a training tool. The immersive environment of VR gives firefighters the chance to hone their decision-making skills, develop critical thinking, and find outcomes.

Realistic training will give them a better idea of what to expect in real-life scenarios and work with a better understanding of how to act when dealing with fires.[1]

We don’t even need to wait for the future to see the benefits of VR. It is already proving to be a practical resource that benefits firefighters. As VR technology progresses, the possibilities of improved training and broader applications will continue to expand.

Drones

Perhaps unsurprisingly, drones are extremely useful for firefighters, especially to survey areas and see the fire remotely.

Using drones has numerous advantages as it provides firefighters the opportunity to plan and extinguish the fire faster and with fewer injuries. Drones can also be used in search and rescues and deliver supplies to areas firefighters usually would be unable to reach.

However, if fire departments want to use drones, it must implement a program with extensive policies that align with federal and state regulations, include training for pilots, and more.

As technology continues to progress, firefighting tech will be more readily available to more departments, and more firefighters will have the chance to work faster and more safely.


Why You Should Be a Firefighter

Not my video. Found it on YouTube. Describes what we do very well.

Firefighting is one of the most well-respected and heroic careers in the field of public service. The skills involved in becoming a firefighter include a high degree of physical fitness, communication, and decision-making skills, and, perhaps most importantly, courage.

The training and work don’t end when you become a firefighter, or even when the probationary period ends. Constant, continued education and preparation are essential to maintaining certification and growing in the field.

Despite the hard work that goes into becoming a firefighter, many find the job to be highly rewarding and have no regrets in choosing firefighting as their career.

So, why should you become a firefighter?

Firefighting demonstrates care and willingness to sacrifice for others that satisfies those with a servant’s heart. Going to work with the understanding of the danger you could face that day and leaving knowing that you made a difference in someone’s life is something that few jobs offer.

The camaraderie shared between firefighters is another benefit of this career field. The long hours that firefighters work in the firehouse create a second home for many. Meals are often prepared together and shared as a family. Experiences shared among the department help build a feeling of trust in fellow team members that other settings can’t offer.

There are practical advantages to becoming a firefighter as well. While the salary can vary from state to state, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in 2015 that the average pay for firefighters in the U.S. was $46,870.

Additionally, depending on the jurisdiction, it can be easy to find a job as a firefighter without having to move. The demand for firefighters is always present and has high job security.

Not only that, but firefighters have flexible schedules. Many work long hours with longer breaks in between shifts. A firefighter may be on call for 24 hours and off for 48 hours. This flexibility can offer firefighters the opportunity to have a second job if desired. Rest may be challenging to get at a busy fire department, but for smaller or slower ones, the work can be less demanding.

Remaining fit is a cornerstone in this career field, and if physical activity is something you enjoy doing, then you may find fire fighting appealing. Many firehouses offer workout equipment, and daily exercise is encouraged. Working out together is a great way to get to know fellow firefighters.

Lastly, the training, education, and certification that goes into becoming a firefighter can be applied to a wide range of other careers if you ever decide to make a change.

Besides firefighting, a fire science degree can help you become a forestry fire prevention specialist, building inspector, arson investigator, paramedic, and more.

There is never a dull moment in the world of fire-fighting, and the ever-changing nature of the job can change on a dime in a day. Becoming a firefighter is a noble choice for those with a desire to serve, and perhaps the most significant benefit is the feeling of fulfilling that desire.