Wednesday, April 1, 2009

How to become a Firefighter in Kentucky



Firefighters in Kentucky are IFSAC accredited at a Firefighter I or II level. To start as a Firefighter you must be a member of a Fire Department in Kentucky or a full-time student at EKU or KCTCS in the Fire Science Program. Once you become a Firefighter in Kentucky you must go through a re-accreditation process every 5 years to maintain your IFSAC accreditation.

Things You'll Need:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent

  • Valid Drivers License

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
Steps:

  1. Apply for a job with a full-time or volunteer fire department. Try to find medical training in EMS to help your chances of being hired. Also, find the minimum requirements for the departments when you apply.

  2. Complete the recruitment process for the department you applied for. Physically and mentally prepare yourself for this process. Most Fire Departments require agility and written tests as part of the hiring process. The results from the tests are used to shrink the applicants down before interviewing.

  3. Most Fire Departments in Kentucky require certification at a IFSAC Firefighter 1 and 2 level. Obtain this certification to keep your job.

Tips:



  • Additional certifications in Technical Rescue like Swift water, Rope, Trench, Confined Space, and Structural Collapse.

  • Current certification as a EMT or Paramedic is a sure way to boost your spot on the eligibility list.

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