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How to Become a Firefighter

December 3, 2013
Firefighters serve their communities daily.

For the latest info on becoming a firefighter in Georgia, check out our 2017 blog post: How to Become a Certified Georgia Firefighter

The process of becoming a firefighter may seem daunting at first: the gear, the physical requirements, the training. However, if you break down the process into steps, this field becomes less intimidating and more accessible to those who are dedicated to becoming a public servant.

  1. Complete a medical release form. By having a medical affidavit completed by your examining physician, you will be certified as physically fit to start training.
  2. Become CPR certified. Be sure to bring your certificate to your first day of the Basic Firefighter Training Course. Check with the Red Cross to find a training class near you.
  3. Complete the National Incident Management System (NIMS) 700 and 100 courses. Before graduating from the Basic Firefighter Training Course, you must successfully complete these online training modules. The 700 and the 100 are available online at the federal Emergency Management Institute.
  4. Fill out student authorization forms and register. After completing the required forms from the Georgia Public Safety Training Center, you’ll be contacted on how to finish the registration process. Pay your tuition and you’ll be ready to go!
  5. Finish the course! At the end of the course, you’ll have the option to take the Firefighter I skills test. If you pass, you’ll have State Certification as a Firefighter. This certification is not required as part of the pass/fail of the training course, but it is an option.

For more detailed information on how to become a firefighter, visit the Georgia Public Safety Training Center website.

Last updated March 22, 2017.

About the Author

A Georgia native, Rachael Wheeler works as a Web Support Specialist for GeorgiaGov. She writes about a variety of current topics relevant to the Georgia government. 

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