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FIREFIGHTER-EMT: You Gotta Take The Good With The Bad

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John, a firefighter-EMT, was planning on getting a civil engineering degree when he discovered that work as a firefighter was more appealing to him than an office job. He went on to volunteer for a year before he got hired and is now pursuing a degree in Fire and Emergency Services Administration.

Degree: Fire and Emergency Service Administration
Job Title: Firefighter-EMT
Employer: Sarasota County Fire Department

Job Summary: Firefighters

Job Description

Firefighters protect the public by responding to fires and other emergencies. They are frequently the first emergency personnel on the scene of an accident.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Certification Requirement
Firefighters must usually be certified as emergency medical technicians at the EMT-Basic level.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$25,000 - $75,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Varies Widely, Irregular
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Outdoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Courageous, Strength/stamina, Teamwork, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Hand-eye coordination, Likes working with hands

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Trade/vocational School
Recommended majors
Recommended Majors
Fire Protection
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<span m='10630'>all</span> <span m='10740'>the</span> <span m='10810'>right</span> <span m='11000'>equipment</span> <span m='12500'>for</span> <span m='12940'>the</span> <span m='13090'>day</span> <span m='14110'>since</span> <span m='14380'>we</span> <span m='14450'>work</span> <span m='14650'>24</span> <span m='15070'>hours</span> <span m='15300'>at</span> <span m='15370'>a</span> <span m='15450'>time.</span> <span m='16660'>We</span> <span m='16900'>then</span> <span m='17590'>clean</span> <span m='17820'>any thing</span> <span m='18160'>that needs</span> <span m='18390'>to be</span> <span m='18540'>cleaned</span> <span m='19010'>then</span> <span m='19910'>just,</span> <span m='20260'>basically,</span> <span m='20730'>get</span> <span m='20880'>prepared</span> <span m='21480'>and</span> <span m='21920'>wait</span> <span m='22080'>for</span> <span m='22210'>calls</span> <span m='22500'>to</span> <span m='22550'>come</span> <span m='22790'>in.</span> <span m='23400'>We</span> <span m='24190'>run</span> <span m='24540'>any</span> <span m='24670'>medical</span> <span m='25370'>calls</span> <span m='26030'>and</span> <span m='26580'>structure</span> <span m='26970'>fires,</span> <span m='28380'>vehicle</span> <span m='28720'>accidents,</span> <span m='30010'>pretty</span> <span m='30180'>much</span> <span m='30370'>anything</span> <span m='30990'>and</span> <span m='31060'>everything</span> <span m='31600'>we can</span> <span m='31850'>go</span> <span m='32020'>to.</span> </p><p><span m='32640'>I started</span> <span m='33040'>out</span> <span m='33250'>at</span> <span m='33320'>high</span> <span m='33460'>school.</span> <span m='34060'>I</span> <span m='34290'>went</span> <span m='34630'>into</span> <span m='34840'>the</span> <span m='34920'>military</span> <span m='36080'>for a</span> <span m='36570'>short</span> <span m='36870'>time</span> <span m='37170'>and</span> <span m='37270'>then</span> <span m='37490'>went</span> <span m='37820'>to</span> <span m='38330'>get</span> <span m='38570'>my</span> <span m='39255'>AA</span> <span m='40095'>when</span> <span m='40580'>I was</span> <span m='40810'>going</span> <span m='41000'>from</span> <span m='41170'>a</span> <span m='41250'>civil</span> <span m='41580'>engineering</span> <span m='42020'>degree.</span> <span m='43300'>Decided</span> <span m='43810'>I'm</span> <span m='43900'>not</span> <span m='44150'>fit</span> <span m='44380'>to</span> <span m='44680'>sit in</span> <span m='45010'>an</span> <span m='45120'>office</span> <span m='45470'>all</span> <span m='45620'>day</span> <span m='45770'>long</span> <span m='46680'>and</span> <span m='47230'>knew</span> <span m='47840'>quite</span> <span m='47990'>a</span> <span m='48030'>few</span> <span m='48200'>people</span> <span m='48550'>that</span> <span m='49530'>worked</span> <span m='49900'>as</span> <span m='50040'>firefighters.</span> <span m='51000'>And</span> <span m='51790'>just</span> <span m='52330'>kind</span> <span m='52480'>of</span> <span m='52550'>fell in love</span> <span m='52990'>with the</span> <span m='53120'>job</span> <span m='53470'>and</span> <span m='54170'>started</span> <span m='54450'>checking</span> <span m='54740'>into</span> <span m='54850'>it</span> <span m='55105'>and</span> <span m='56590'>went</span> <span m='56830'>to</span> <span m='56920'>school</span> <span m='57210'>for it.</span> <span m='57480'>And then</span> <span m='57750'>I</span> <span m='58270'>volunteered</span> <span m='59030'>for</span> <span m='59240'>about</span> <span m='59470'>a</span> <span m='59500'>year</span> <span m='60210'>and</span> <span m='61480'>then</span> <span m='61700'>got</span> <span m='61780'>hired</span> <span m='62060'>here.</span> <span m='62720'>And</span> <span m='63060'>now</span> <span m='63250'>I'm</span> <span m='63370'>currently</span> <span m='63730'>going</span> <span m='64110'>to</span> <span m='64590'>get</span> <span m='64739'>my</span> <span m='64830'>bachelor's</span> <span m='65500'>in</span> <span m='66580'>fire and</span> <span m='66980'>emergency</span> <span m='67400'>service</span> <span m='67690'>administration.</span> </p><p><span m='69706'>Is there anything you wish</span> <span m='70170'>you would</span> <span m='70360'>have</span> <span m='70540'>know</span> <span m='70915'>before you</span> <span m='71290'>started your</span> <span m='71585'>career?</span> </p><p><span m='75150'>I wouldn't</span> <span m='75390'>say</span> <span m='75670'>anything</span> <span m='75910'>in</span> <span m='76010'>particular.</span> <span m='76890'>Just</span> <span m='77295'>the</span> <span m='77700'>experience</span> <span m='78350'>and</span> <span m='78970'>knowledge</span> <span m='79500'>that</span> <span m='79660'>you</span> <span m='79740'>get</span> <span m='79950'>from</span> <span m='80230'>actually</span> <span m='80520'>work</span> <span m='80850'>the</span> <span m='80950'>job</span> <span m='81590'>really</span> <span m='81840'>helps</span> <span m='82130'>out.</span> </p><p><span m='84176'>Is there</span> <span m='84590'>anything</span> <span m='85080'>people should</span> <span m='85350'>expect</span> <span m='85680'>if they want</span> <span m='86010'>to get</span> <span m='86450'>a job</span> <span m='86845'>just like yours?</span> </p><p><span m='88100'>Just</span> <span m='88980'>expect</span> <span m='89440'>to have</span> <span m='89640'>your</span> <span m='89780'>eyes</span> <span m='90010'>opened.</span> <span m='91000'>You get</span> <span m='91420'>to</span> <span m='91550'>see</span> <span m='91890'>all</span> <span m='92090'>kinds</span> <span m='92360'>of</span> <span m='92450'>things,</span> <span m='94210'>things</span> <span m='95656'>you'll</span> <span m='96010'>continually</span> <span m='96610'>be</span> <span m='97310'>surprised</span> <span m='97830'>about.</span> <span m='98910'>And</span> <span m='99340'>there's</span> <span m='99740'>some</span> <span m='99890'>tough</span> <span m='100130'>things</span> <span m='100390'>that we</span> <span m='100600'>see</span> <span m='100790'>in</span> <span m='100890'>this</span> <span m='101060'>job</span> <span m='101780'>and</span> <span m='102300'>some</span> <span m='102470'>good</span> <span m='102650'>things</span> <span m='102890'>that you</span> <span m='103060'>see</span> <span m='103190'>in</span> <span m='103290'>this</span> <span m='103410'>job.</span> <span m='103710'>So</span> <span m='104610'>you just</span> <span m='104730'>got</span> <span m='104840'>to</span> <span m='104920'>take</span> <span m='105130'>the</span> <span m='105220'>good</span> <span m='105400'>with</span> <span m='105500'>the</span> <span m='105550'>bad</span> <span m='105900'>and</span> <span m='107120'>show up</span> <span m='107340'>ever</span> <span m='107630'>day to</span> <span m='107880'>work.</span> </p>","file":{"id":255694,"video_id":"2700118201001","name":"68741682","duration":108948,"thumbnail_url":null}});