Is it hard to become a paid firefighter?

Being a firefighter is not easy and neither is the process of becoming a firefighter. Competition is fierce and the hiring process can be very grueling and challenging, something many people do not endure or succeed at. More than 70% give up the pursuit of becoming a firefighter and move on to other career choices.

Do firefighters have a lot of free time?

Fire Department personnel can never be trained too much as there are so many types of fires and emergency calls. Every call or run is unique from others they have been on. So no, there is really never any slow times being a Firefighter.

How do you clean up after a fire?

To remove soot and smoke from walls, furniture and floors, use a mild soap or detergent or mix together 4 to 6 tbsp. tri-sodium phosphate and 1 cup household cleaner or chlorine bleach to every gallon of warm water. Wear rubber gloves. Be sure to rinse surfaces with clear warm water and dry thoroughly.

Why do firefighters get paid so little?

Firefighters in California tend to make up for their relatively low hourly wages by working overtime in addition to their already long work-week. It is almost always cheaper for employers to hire back off-duty firefighters on overtime than hiring additional personnel.

Can firemen smoke?

While not true of every department and every area, research shows a range between only 7 to 13 percent of firefighters smoking. By contrast the military has smoking rates among males as high as 30 percent.

Do firefighters get days off?

The usual schedule for firefighters is to work 10 of the 24-hour shifts per month, which means that the firefighter has approximately 20 days off each month. Many firefighters take this time and work at a second job to supplement their income. While on duty, the crew members live and eat together at the fire house.

What do firefighters do after the fire is out?

In the case of a fire, firefighters will put out the fire, secure the scene, and help assess the damage. Once the fire is out, they return to the station to refuel the trucks, replace supplies, clean equipment, and prepare for the next call.

How many days a week is Fire Academy?

In the Extended-Format Academy, physical training occurs two days per week, two hours per session. Please see the Pre-Academy Conditioning Recommendations for information to prepare yourself for a physically demanding fire academy.

What should you do after a fire?

What to do after a house fire

  1. Find a safe place to stay. No matter the amount of damage, you likely can’t stay in your own home.
  2. Contact your insurance agent.
  3. Protect your home.
  4. Take care of your pets.
  5. Get a copy of the fire report.
  6. Address your finances.
  7. Recover your possessions.
  8. Take care of your family’s mental health.

How much do firefighters make starting out?

Firefighters earn an average yearly salary of $74,700. Wages typically start from $40,100 and go up to $135,240.

Are firefighters paid hourly or salary?

What Is the Average Firefighter Salary by State

State Annual Salary Hourly Wage
California $39,714 $19.09
Vermont $39,712 $19.09
Kansas $39,658 $19.07
South Carolina $39,035 $18.77

Why do firefighters work 48 hour shifts?

Federal law allows firefighters to work up to 53 hours per week without requiring overtime pay. Another reason why the 24-hour shift is popular with employees is because employees are usually afforded downtime while not training, responding to emergencies or conducting other fire department related duties.