10 Reasons to Become a Firefighter

  1. Demand. Firefighters are in demand. Through 2014, the number of firefighters is anticipated to increase faster than most other occupations.
  1. Flexibility. Most career firefighters work only 10 days per month. That leaves the other 20 days free to take on second jobs or to be with your family.
  1. Pay. The average firefighter makes $49,000 per year. And that’s just the base salary. That doesn’t account for overtime or second jobs.
  1. Advancement. Advancement opportunities are everywhere. You are limited only by your own ambition.
  1. Retirement. Most firefighters work for a governmental body and are eligible for retirement with pensions after 20 or 25 years.
  1. Community. Despite the great benefits, most firefighters are on the job because they want to make a difference in their community.
  1. Respect. Firefighters are regarded as the true heroes of every community.
  1. Satisfaction. Firefighters get to do something different every day.
  1. Camaraderie. No other careers offer the family bond that a fire and rescue careers offers. Members of your crew become as close as family members and will be willing to do anything for you in a time of need.
  1. Job Security. As long as there are fires, there will be a need for firefighters.
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