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FIREFIGHTER: It's A Pretty Remarkable Career

About this video 

Dowud shares his story about what it's like to be a firefighter and what he wished he would have done differently with his career.

Degree: Fire Protection
Job Title: FireFighter

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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m='9300'>equipment</span> <span m='9580'>works.</span> <span m='10530'>And</span> <span m='10950'>after</span> <span m='11220'>that,</span> <span m='12210'>personally</span> <span m='12740'>I</span> <span m='12860'>do</span> <span m='13010'>a</span> <span m='13070'>little</span> <span m='13230'>bit</span> <span m='13360'>of</span> <span m='13410'>studying</span> <span m='13960'>because</span> <span m='14260'>I'm</span> <span m='14380'>in</span> <span m='14440'>school,</span> <span m='15110'>but</span> <span m='15140'>a</span> <span m='15170'>lot</span> <span m='15360'>of</span> <span m='15430'>firefighters</span> <span m='16040'>they</span> <span m='16210'>just</span> <span m='16440'>pretty</span> <span m='16600'>much</span> <span m='16780'>sit</span> <span m='16970'>around</span> <span m='17220'>and</span> <span m='17300'>talk,</span> <span m='17700'>waiting</span> <span m='17910'>for</span> <span m='18030'>the</span> <span m='18120'>next</span> <span m='18400'>call.</span> </p><p><span m='19360'>My</span> <span m='19470'>department</span> <span m='19800'>is</span> <span m='20500'>pretty</span> <span m='20700'>busy.</span> <span m='21140'>We're</span> <span m='21600'>one</span> <span m='21750'>of</span> <span m='21800'>the</span> <span m='21960'>busier</span> <span m='22340'>departments</span> <span m='22760'>in</span> <span m='22800'>the</span> <span m='22900'>country,</span> <span m='23270'>so</span> <span m='23890'>we</span> <span m='24090'>have</span> <span m='24290'>a</span> <span m='24350'>lot</span> <span m='24600'>of</span> <span m='24770'>calls.</span> <span m='25030'>We</span> <span m='25100'>have</span> <span m='25170'>a</span> <span m='25200'>heavy</span> <span m='25470'>call</span> <span m='25710'>volume.</span> <span m='26180'>So</span> <span m='27070'>in</span> <span m='27190'>any</span> <span m='27360'>given</span> <span m='27580'>day,</span> <span m='27770'>you</span> <span m='27860'>could</span> <span m='27950'>have</span> <span m='28430'>a</span> <span m='28490'>structure</span> <span m='28950'>fire,</span> <span m='29360'>which</span> <span m='29770'>is</span> <span m='30060'>usually</span> <span m='30390'>serious,</span> <span m='30970'>you</span> <span m='31110'>can</span> <span m='31250'>have</span> <span m='31540'>an</span> <span m='31620'>explosion,</span> <span m='32360'>you</span> <span m='32460'>can</span> <span m='32590'>have</span> <span m='32790'>a</span> <span m='32840'>shooting,</span> <span m='33450'>you</span> <span m='33580'>can</span> <span m='33750'>have--</span> <span m='33980'>because</span> <span m='34240'>we</span> <span m='34310'>do</span> <span m='34470'>medical</span> <span m='34910'>as</span> <span m='35070'>well.</span> <span m='36040'>So</span> <span m='36240'>it's</span> <span m='36430'>a</span> <span m='36530'>whole</span> <span m='36870'>array</span> <span m='37150'>of</span> <span m='37270'>different</span> <span m='37790'>emergencies</span> <span m='38180'>that</span> <span m='38270'>we</span> <span m='38540'>respond</span> <span m='39040'>to.</span> </p><p><span m='39480'>At</span> <span m='39620'>the</span> <span m='39720'>time,</span> <span m='40210'>I</span> <span m='40610'>knew</span> <span m='40680'>was</span> <span m='40750'>going</span> <span m='40860'>to</span> <span m='41360'>go</span> <span m='41480'>back</span> <span m='41700'>to</span> <span m='41770'>school</span> <span m='42110'>but</span> <span m='42220'>I</span> <span m='42260'>was</span> <span m='42450'>looking</span> <span m='42670'>for</span> <span m='43040'>a</span> <span m='43090'>full</span> <span m='43310'>time</span> <span m='43520'>job</span> <span m='43790'>would</span> <span m='44260'>allow</span> <span m='44610'>me</span> <span m='44700'>to</span> <span m='44830'>support</span> <span m='45250'>my</span> <span m='45360'>family.</span> <span m='46340'>So</span> <span m='46670'>when</span> <span m='46770'>the</span> <span m='46810'>fire</span> <span m='47040'>department</span> <span m='47420'>begin</span> <span m='47650'>hiring,</span> <span m='47960'>I</span> <span m='48270'>immediately</span> <span m='48710'>put</span> <span m='48900'>in</span> <span m='48970'>an</span> <span m='49040'>application.</span> <span m='50330'>I</span> <span m='50450'>didn't</span> <span m='50650'>know</span> <span m='50750'>much</span> <span m='50990'>about</span> <span m='51170'>the</span> <span m='51240'>fire</span> <span m='51580'>service</span> <span m='51980'>before</span> <span m='52320'>then,</span> <span m='52580'>but</span> <span m='52920'>once</span> <span m='53240'>I</span> <span m='53340'>into</span> <span m='53610'>the</span> <span m='53710'>trainer</span> <span m='54050'>school</span> <span m='54400'>after</span> <span m='54680'>being</span> <span m='54910'>hired</span> <span m='55410'>I</span> <span m='55530'>learned</span> <span m='56150'>exactly</span> <span m='56660'>what</span> <span m='56850'>it</span> <span m='57160'>entailed.</span> <span m='57740'>And</span> <span m='58420'>it's</span> <span m='58580'>a</span> <span m='58630'>pretty</span> <span m='59080'>remarkable</span> <span m='59610'>career.</span> </p><p><span m='60310'>I</span> <span m='60390'>think</span> <span m='60530'>when</span> <span m='60630'>I</span> <span m='60690'>first</span> <span m='60960'>started,</span> <span m='61600'>I</span> <span m='61730'>was</span> <span m='63340'>focusing</span> <span m='63660'>more</span> <span m='63980'>on</span> <span m='64170'>the</span> <span m='64370'>excitement</span> <span m='64879'>and</span> <span m='65239'>the</span> <span m='65319'>thrill</span> <span m='65770'>of</span> <span m='65960'>being</span> <span m='66290'>a</span> <span m='66350'>firefighter.</span> <span m='67580'>We</span> <span m='68080'>respond</span> <span m='68590'>to</span> <span m='68680'>a</span> <span m='68750'>lot</span> <span m='68950'>of</span> <span m='69520'>emergencies</span> <span m='70080'>that</span> <span m='71680'>it</span> <span m='71860'>gives</span> <span m='71895'>a</span> <span m='71930'>lot</span> <span m='72100'>of</span> <span m='72170'>excitement</span> <span m='73050'>and</span> <span m='73190'>that's</span> <span m='73360'>understandable.</span> <span m='74080'>But</span> <span m='74770'>I</span> <span m='74900'>think</span> <span m='76060'>if</span> <span m='76210'>I</span> <span m='76280'>had</span> <span m='76480'>paid</span> <span m='76680'>more</span> <span m='76840'>attention</span> <span m='77200'>to</span> <span m='78210'>the</span> <span m='78320'>flexibility</span> <span m='79040'>of</span> <span m='79180'>my</span> <span m='79520'>schedule</span> <span m='80390'>and</span> <span m='80500'>just</span> <span m='80680'>managed</span> <span m='80960'>my</span> <span m='81080'>time</span> <span m='81380'>a</span> <span m='81440'>little</span> <span m='81640'>bit</span> <span m='81870'>better,</span> <span m='82360'>I</span> <span m='82540'>could</span> <span m='82795'>have</span> <span m='83280'>make</span> <span m='83580'>the</span> <span m='83670'>switch</span> <span m='83950'>to</span> <span m='84230'>go</span> <span m='84710'>back</span> <span m='84920'>to</span> <span m='85010'>school</span> <span m='85760'>a</span> <span m='85840'>little</span> <span m='86000'>bit</span> <span m='86140'>earlier</span> <span m='86630'>and</span> <span m='87010'>I</span> <span m='87090'>would</span> <span m='87260'>be</span> <span m='87620'>well</span> <span m='87830'>into</span> <span m='87940'>my</span> <span m='88060'>second</span> <span m='88400'>career</span> <span m='88720'>by</span> <span m='88880'>now.</span> <span m='89620'>So</span> <span m='89760'>I</span> <span m='89840'>think</span> <span m='90080'>if</span> <span m='90290'>I</span> <span m='90940'>had</span> <span m='91140'>taken</span> <span m='91390'>advantage</span> <span m='91780'>of</span> <span m='92730'>each</span> <span m='93120'>day</span> <span m='93430'>or</span> <span m='93550'>each</span> <span m='94340'>minute</span> <span m='94930'>in</span> <span m='95070'>the</span> <span m='95120'>firehouse</span> <span m='95600'>a</span> <span m='95650'>little</span> <span m='95790'>bit</span> <span m='95950'>better,</span> <span m='96250'>I</span> <span m='96550'>would</span> <span m='96650'>be</span> <span m='96750'>further</span> <span m='96850'>along</span> <span m='97150'>than</span> <span m='97300'>I</span> <span m='97450'>am</span> <span m='97600'>now.</span> </p>","file":{"id":272670,"video_id":"2708339288001","name":"72104692","duration":98858,"thumbnail_url":null}});