It’s never too early to organize on what you want to be when you grow up.
It’s never too late to make the right decisions about what is right and what is wrong.
Your generation is the future of our community.
It’s all about helping others and preparing for the responsibilities that will come along with High School, and later for your career that you choose.
What you can do NOW to prepare for a career as a Firefighter:
- Stay out of trouble.
- Make really good grades to help you in High School and College further down the road.
- Stay active in school activities, church activities, Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, or other community related activities that develop responsibility, build character, and will help you with ANY successful career when you are older.
- Remain physically active with sports, and this will help you stay strong in High School.
- Help others around you when you can, it means a lot to them.
- Go visit a Fire Station and ask questions about their daily lives at work, how they get along with each other, and how that affects their performance at an emergency.
- Show an interest in your environment. You can become interested in what types of buildings are in your neighborhood, because Fire Fighters are interested in them too in case they have a fire.
- Make sure your friends and family have a fire escape plan. When you visit friends and relatives, make sure you know 2 or 3 ways out.
- When you go to a public place like a mall or theater, always be aware of more than 2 or 3 ways out. In an emergency most people are only aware of the way they came into a building.
Firefighting has a lot to do with Science if that’s your favorite subject!
- There are a lot of different chemicals that are harmful to fire fighters in building and car fires.
- Get familiar with when things melt or liquids evaporate.
- Knowing about the anatomy of the human body helps Firefighters and Paramedics help people when they are hurt.
Your math skills have a lot to do with being a fire fighter as well!
- There is a lot of information that a Firefighter will have to know about how much water pressure he/she loses while pumping water out of the fire hose.
- Pumping water from a fire engine to a ladder truck, pumping water uphill, or pumping water into a tall building causes the water pressure to drop. You have to be able to do the math in your head to know how much pressure to pump to compensate, or the Firefighters won’t have enough water to extinguish the fire!
- Firefighters that become Paramedics have to be able to calculate the correct drug dosages for heart attacks, diabetic patients, and people having seizures. We have to go to the same Advanced Cardiac Life Support classes as Doctors to learn about these drugs!
Your reading skills have a lot to do with being a fire fighter also!
- There is a lot of reading that you have to do just to become a Firefighter! Being a Firefighter means that you will have a lifetime of learning!
- If you want to promote to higher ranks, or even become the Fire Chief, you have to be a good reader!
- It is never too late to learn how to become a good reader! If you want to become a better and faster reader, ask you teacher if there are reading labs you can use at school, or if there are programs you can use on your computer at home. Being a good reader will help you your entire life, even if you don’t want to be a Firefighter.