Do you possess the personal qualities needed to become a fire fighter? Mental alertness, self-discipline, courage, mechanical
aptitude, endurance, strength, initiative and good judgment are all extremely important,
because as a fire fighter you will be required to make quick decisions in emergency
situations. Do you work well on a team and get along with others? Are you dependable?
As a member of a crew you will live and work closely with other members under conditions
of stress and danger for extended periods of time, so qualities like these are highly
The choice to become a fire service professional requires dedication, commitment and
a desire to provide an exemplary level of public service. As a graduate of the Allan
Hancock College Fire Technology/Fire Academy program you will be qualified for career
opportunities in positions such as:
- Volunteer Firefighter
- Reserve Firefighter
- Fire Engineer
- Fire Captain
- Fire Battalion Chief
- Fire Chief
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, entry-level firefighters can expect to
earn an annual salary of $45,700 on average. Fire captains and fire chiefs can earn
salaries of $70,860 on average.
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