Who wants to be a fireman?

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Open houses at the fire station let kids try on the profession.

Most little boys (and even some little girls) at one point in their lives have picked fireman as a career path. Too bad they changed their minds as there is a current need for skilled professional firefighters.

To become even volunteer/reserve firefighters, applicants require the proper training and must meet other standards.

“In order to be a volunteer for Superior Fire Department, you must complete an application and turn it in to town hall,” said Superior Fire Chief Todd Pryor. “Prospective applicants must pass physical and written tests, as well as an oral board. Out of town volunteers must have certification in EMT basic as a minimum to apply. In town volunteers must acquire this certification within one year and Firefighter 1 and 2 within two years.”

Before one can begin training, an applicant must meet the basic minimum requirements of being at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, have or be able to obtain a driver’s license and be in good mental and physical health.

The first course will be in EMT (Emergency Medical Technology) involving basic medical knowledge for assisting people at fires. Some fire departments may require EMT certification before one can apply as a volunteer/reserve or to train as a firefighter.

Next take courses in Fire Science, involving the causes and types of fires, along with the best ways to extinguish fires based on their origins. At this time, also practice for the physical ability test that will determine if you can proceed to advanced firefighter training. The Tucson Fire Department offers a preparation guide that spells out what applicants need to prove. The test comprises eight tasks, such as stair climb and hose drag, that are completed while wearing a 50-pound vest — the same weight as a firefighters’ breathing apparatus.

On passing the physical ability test, applicants can take courses on all the skills firefighters use, including how to drive fire trucks, using hoses, using equipment that helps firemen get people out of burning buildings, and other necessary techniques. Such training also includes more intensive physical training, advanced emergency medical procedures and the fundamentals of firefighting tactics.

On graduation, trainees are ready for employment at any fire department in the area. And jobs are almost certain as there is a shortage in trained fire personnel.

Firefighting training is offered by Mesa Community College and other schools in the area. Cost of training is currently about $1,500.

James Hodl (22 Posts)

James J. Hodl is a career journalist who has worked for newspapers, magazines and trade journals. A graduate of Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism, Hodl began his career as a reporter with the Palatine (IL) Herald and the Morton Grove (IL) Review before becoming editor of the trade publication Appliance Service News. In recent years, Hodl has had articles published in Consumers Digest, Good Housekeeping, Home Remodeling, Kitchens & Baths and Salute; and has contributed to trade publications serving the home furnishings, restaurant and casino markets. A native of Chicago, Hodl relocated to San Tan Valley in 2013.


facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Stories Just Posted

    Public Input Sought on Needs of Kids Birth to 5 Years Old

    13 hours ago
    by

    SAN MANUEL – (September 30, 2014) First Things First (FTF) is asking for feedback from parents and caregivers of children […]


    Jackie Lee Gragert

    September 30th, 2014
    by

    Jackie was born in Superior on August 22, 1946 and passed away on September 15 in Globe.


    Superior Police Report

    September 30th, 2014
    by

    According to state law, police may arrest suspected offenders by two methods. The suspect may be physically taken into the department and booked into jail, or the arresting officer may write


    Fantastic turn out for Superior Business Expo

    September 30th, 2014
    by

    Superior Sun Fans and community members showed up throughout the day Saturday as they attend the Superior Business Expo held at the Superior Chamber of Commerce.


  • Stories Just For You

    Complex ADR formula used to determine ASARCO 75% drop in valuation for local property taxes

    September 30th, 2014
    by

    Amount of ore in mines, ease of extraction, upgrade projects computed into company value Residents of Hayden and Winkelman will likely cringe


    Bearcats celebrate Homecoming with fourth straight win

    September 30th, 2014
    by

    Copper Basin News The seventh-ranked Ray Bearcats celebrated their Homecoming in style last week, winning their fourth game-in-row by defeating rival Hayden, 32 – 6.


    Raul and Sofie Mendoza celebrate 64 years of marriage

    September 30th, 2014
    by

    Raul and Sofie Mendoza celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary on July 24. Ruben Raul Mendoza and Sofia Mercedes Padilla were married on July 24, 1950.  In recognition of this joyous occasion,


    St. Helen’s Fall Fiesta set for Saturday in Oracle

    September 30th, 2014
    by

    San Manuel Miner St. Helen’s Roman Catholic Church in Oracle will be having its Annual Fall Fiesta on Saturday, Oct.


  • Facebook

  • [Advertisement.]
  • Arizona Headlines & Current Weather

  • Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin