At the core of who we are, is the desire to share the vocation of firefighting with those interested. In most cases when people are looking to enter the fire service, the first question they ask is how do I join? Followed by what do I need to do? On our resources page, we will try to answer as many of these questions as possible. Additionally, we have created a forum page to allow visitors to post their questions and receive answers from the Fire Up Bootcamp community and members.
Visit your local fire department:
There are many ways to become a firefighter. In many cases, its best to visit your local fire department and speak to the individuals there about what opportunities they might offer. There are many different routes that can be taken to enter the fire service. Many career (paid) firefighters began their experience as volunteers. Not only is volunteering personally fulfilling, it also gives you the opportunity to explore the vocation of firefighting while still maintaining your full time work. Training is typically free and no experience is required. The intake processes differ greatly but all will include a firefighters academy which usually consists of both online work and hands on training. Academies can be as short as a few weeks, or take several months to complete depending on your jurisdiction.
Go on a Ride-Along
In the fire service, a ride along is like a job shadow. A ride-along must be requested in advance and you need to remain flexible with how long you cna shadow the firefighters. Ride-Along's are a great way to see what the job really looks like while also giving you a chance to spend time at the station and with the crews. This forum is ideal for asking questions and learning everything you can about becoming a firefighter.
Attend a drill night
The learning and training of a firefighter never ends. With that in mind, most departments offer daily, weekly or monthly drills and for possible new members, going to a drill is highly encouraged. By seeing what firefighters do and how we do it while training will give you a unique glimpse into the importance of refining your skills so that when someone calls 911, you are prepared to respond to their needs. Drills typically cover topics from firefighting to vehicle extrication, to hose advancement, EMS skills or other fire-ground operations.
Find a mentor
Anyone in the fire service can tell you that they wouldn't be where they are right now without someone who gave them a helping hand. A part of our culture is to look after our community and our brothers and sisters in the fire service. If you are looking to talk one on one with a firefighter to ask more questions, we are here to help. Just click on THIS LINK for our contact form and tell us a bit about yourself. Someone will get back to you and answer each question to the best of our abilities. If you have more questions we can also try to pair you up with someone that shares your background.
National Statistics: Why it's important
With all good intentions and recent national attention, we are seeing some positive changes in the diversity of our fire service. However, 250+ years of tradition and repetition is slow to change. Please take a moment to review these national statistics to see the most recent numbers and demographic data. Also included are additional resources to help you in your own recruitment efforts to include diversity and inclusion in your efforts.