Cole Othmer

1 Dec

What do you have to do become a fire fighter? To even think about being a fire fighter you first have to have certain qualities. Those qualities are things like physical and mental strength; bravery, compassion and you have to be intelligent. The reason you need physical and mental strength is because in the field of fire fighting you have to have physical strength to be able to lift and move heavy things such as ladders and people, you need mental strength because fire fighters see many disturbing things that everyday people don’t see such as dead people, severely burned people and extremely sick people along with personal belongings and things being destroyed and people being upset at you because you were not able to save a family member or friend, but not everyone can be saved. You have to have bravery because when your in the field and you enter a burning building you don’t know if you going to come out, it’s a life or death situation every time you go on a fire call. You need to be compassionate because you have to want to help people that need it and you have to be intelligent because you can’t do the wrong thing or you could die, or kill another firefighter or patient.

If you think that you have those qualities the first thing you have to do is take six different fire technology classes. These classes prepare you with the knowledge about fires; all kinds from wild land to structure and hot to extinguish them. Once these classes are completed you have to take an EMT class, which is very rigorous, then apply to get into the fire academy, which is very selective. The fire academy prepares you with hands on training of what you could come in contact with in the field. If you get through that, then you have to apply and test for different departments to get a job, it is really competitive.

Once you get hired to a department you have to be on a probationary period for one year and this year is more learning for you along with going on calls with the department and fighting fire. There are many things that need to be done in order to work in the fire service but the job is one of the most rewarding and fun jobs there is. Although it is really selective and hard to get in, if you really want it you can achieve it.

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3 Responses to “Cole Othmer”

  1. Georgina Lopez Aragon December 2, 2012 at 3:25 am #

    This information really helps a lot for people that are interested in being firefighters like me I’ve been inspired by many firefighters and I want to become one someday even though I’m a girl I know everything you have to risk to become someone like a firefighter.

    • chase woollett December 3, 2012 at 3:26 am #

      Wow. I never really knew there were so many steps into becoming a firefighter. Now I understand how much work you really have to put in for this career. I think it’s great that you have your mind set on this goal. Hope it works out for you, brother!

  2. Chandler Rendl December 3, 2012 at 3:02 am #

    You seem very determined to be a firefighter based on your research in the article. It’s Definetly a stressful and hard job. I agree it takes all those qualities above and much more to be a fire fighter.

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