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FIREFIGHTER, IN-DEPTH: I Like Best Is The Immediate Reward

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Dowud shares what he likes best about his career as a firefighter and the challenges he faces being a law student at the same time.

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
National Statistic Change Location
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$25,000 - $75,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Irregular, Varies Widely
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Outdoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Teamwork, Strength/stamina, Courageous, 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='11420'>in</span> <span m='11580'>my</span> <span m='11810'>career,</span> <span m='12235'>that--</span> </p><p><span m='12660'>[NO AUDIO]</span> </p><p><span m='143150'>--large,</span> <span m='143770'>a</span> <span m='143860'>large</span> <span m='144120'>scale</span> <span m='144380'>of</span> <span m='144560'>risk</span> <span m='145480'>and</span> <span m='145870'>sacrifices.</span> <span m='146970'>So</span> <span m='147100'>I</span> <span m='147190'>had</span> <span m='147380'>to</span> <span m='147450'>do</span> <span m='147630'>somewhat</span> <span m='147850'>of</span> <span m='147910'>a</span> <span m='148300'>cost-benefit</span> <span m='148950'>analysis.</span> <span m='149260'>And</span> <span m='149570'>I had</span> <span m='149790'>to do</span> <span m='149960'>my</span> <span m='150070'>own</span> <span m='150270'>research.</span> <span m='150790'>And</span> <span m='151220'>I had</span> <span m='151390'>to</span> <span m='151470'>really</span> <span m='151690'>look</span> <span m='151950'>and</span> <span m='152120'>see</span> <span m='152400'>if</span> <span m='152510'>this</span> <span m='152690'>is</span> <span m='152770'>something</span> <span m='153090'>that</span> <span m='153620'>I</span> <span m='153780'>can</span> <span m='154250'>do</span> <span m='154750'>and</span> <span m='154920'>would</span> <span m='155180'>really</span> <span m='155500'>want</span> <span m='155800'>to</span> <span m='155890'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='156240'>And</span> <span m='157590'>after</span> <span m='157850'>doing</span> <span m='158140'>so,</span> <span m='159400'>I</span> <span m='159500'>realized</span> <span m='159840'>it</span> <span m='160140'>was</span> <span m='160540'>something</span> <span m='160810'>that</span> <span m='160940'>I was</span> <span m='161100'>fit for.</span> <span m='161590'>It</span> <span m='161680'>was</span> <span m='162130'>a</span> <span m='162250'>good</span> <span m='162420'>match.</span> <span m='163180'>It's</span> <span m='163370'>a</span> <span m='163440'>job</span> <span m='163720'>that's</span> <span m='163980'>in</span> <span m='164460'>high</span> <span m='164510'>demand.</span> <span m='165220'>So</span> <span m='165700'>you</span> <span m='165810'>have</span> <span m='165900'>to</span> <span m='166000'>put</span> <span m='166170'>in the</span> <span m='166310'>application.</span> <span m='167120'>You</span> <span m='167220'>have</span> <span m='167583'>to</span> <span m='167946'>package</span> <span m='168310'>yourself</span> <span m='168720'>pretty</span> <span m='169150'>well</span> <span m='169960'>before</span> <span m='170330'>you</span> <span m='170460'>even</span> <span m='170680'>get</span> <span m='170810'>into</span> <span m='171010'>the</span> <span m='171110'>training</span> <span m='171390'>school.</span> <span m='172260'>So</span> <span m='172830'>it</span> <span m='173090'>can</span> <span m='173300'>be</span> <span m='173410'>very</span> <span m='173790'>difficult,</span> <span m='174320'>and</span> <span m='174640'>at</span> <span m='174780'>times,</span> <span m='175110'>very</span> <span m='175480'>political.</span> </p><p><span m='176480'>My</span> <span m='176630'>life-work</span> <span m='177310'>balance,</span> <span m='177850'>as</span> <span m='177990'>a</span> <span m='178170'>firefighter</span> <span m='178420'>and</span> <span m='178980'>a</span> <span m='179040'>student.</span> <span m='182070'>That's</span> <span m='182710'>funny.</span> <span m='182960'>It's</span> <span m='183100'>a</span> <span m='183390'>funny</span> <span m='183620'>choice</span> <span m='183950'>of</span> <span m='184070'>words.</span> <span m='184490'>Because</span> <span m='184570'>they</span> <span m='184750'>really</span> <span m='185070'>don't</span> <span m='185280'>have</span> <span m='185540'>much</span> <span m='185980'>of a</span> <span m='186060'>life,</span> <span m='186830'>unless</span> <span m='187570'>you</span> <span m='187760'>consider</span> <span m='188150'>your</span> <span m='188280'>life</span> <span m='188530'>being</span> <span m='188940'>a</span> <span m='189140'>student</span> <span m='189400'>and</span> <span m='189670'>a</span> <span m='189830'>firefighter,</span> <span m='190090'>because</span> <span m='190310'>that's</span> <span m='190550'>all</span> <span m='190780'>I</span> <span m='190870'>seem</span> <span m='191180'>to</span> <span m='191220'>have</span> <span m='191420'>time</span> <span m='191680'>to</span> <span m='191760'>do.</span> <span m='192380'>Outside</span> <span m='192540'>of</span> <span m='192910'>when</span> <span m='193030'>I'm</span> <span m='193170'>on</span> <span m='193390'>a</span> <span m='193770'>regular--</span> <span m='194080'>like</span> <span m='194990'>the</span> <span m='195110'>summer</span> <span m='195380'>breaks,</span> <span m='195690'>or</span> <span m='195770'>the breaks</span> <span m='196270'>in</span> <span m='196340'>between</span> <span m='196670'>semesters,</span> <span m='197440'>you're</span> <span m='197780'>constantly</span> <span m='198510'>busy.</span> <span m='199450'>You</span> <span m='199820'>have</span> <span m='199990'>to</span> <span m='200100'>give</span> <span m='200320'>up</span> <span m='200680'>a</span> <span m='200770'>lot</span> <span m='201160'>of</span> <span m='201230'>sleep.</span> <span m='202020'>And</span> <span m='202870'>it's</span> <span m='203080'>a</span> <span m='203110'>high</span> <span m='203330'>demand.</span> </p><p><span m='203990'>For</span> <span m='204100'>me,</span> <span m='204520'>being</span> <span m='204700'>a</span> <span m='204760'>full-time</span> <span m='205160'>firefighter</span> <span m='205505'>and a</span> <span m='205850'>student,</span> <span m='206140'>it's</span> <span m='206430'>constantly</span> <span m='206690'>I'm</span> <span m='206820'>doing</span> <span m='207350'>one</span> <span m='207600'>or</span> <span m='207740'>the</span> <span m='207920'>other.</span> <span m='208340'>Or it's</span> <span m='208500'>sometimes</span> <span m='208900'>both,</span> <span m='209110'>because</span> <span m='209190'>I</span> <span m='209320'>have</span> <span m='209480'>to</span> <span m='209550'>study</span> <span m='210260'>a</span> <span m='210330'>lot</span> <span m='210780'>at the</span> <span m='210860'>fire</span> <span m='211150'>house.</span> <span m='211860'>But</span> <span m='212770'>as</span> <span m='213040'>demanding,</span> <span m='213770'>it's</span> <span m='214060'>rewarding.</span> <span m='216400'>A</span> <span m='216890'>lot</span> <span m='217120'>of</span> <span m='217170'>kids</span> <span m='217390'>grow</span> <span m='217630'>up</span> <span m='217810'>wanting</span> <span m='218140'>to</span> <span m='218190'>be</span> <span m='218310'>firefighters.</span> <span m='218585'>A</span> <span m='218860'>lot</span> <span m='219030'>of</span> <span m='219090'>kids</span> <span m='219330'>grow</span> <span m='219500'>up</span> <span m='219610'>wanting</span> <span m='219980'>to</span> <span m='220040'>be</span> <span m='220180'>lawyers.</span> <span m='220660'>I've</span> <span m='220900'>been</span> <span m='221040'>blessed</span> <span m='221330'>to</span> <span m='221390'>be</span> <span m='221510'>able</span> <span m='221700'>to do</span> <span m='221800'>both</span> <span m='222080'>at</span> <span m='222170'>the</span> <span m='222220'>same</span> <span m='222450'>time.</span> </p>","file":{"id":272671,"video_id":"2708329811001","name":"72104693","duration":224127,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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