Becoming a Firefighter [NOOK Book]

Overview

About 353,000 firefighters are currently employed nationwide. Employment opportunities for firefighters are rising, and applicants should expect fierce competition. Becoming a Firefighter includes critical information on everything from what firefighters really do on the job, to how they are selected, to the types of jobs available. This book also features salary and benefit information, financial aid resources, and tips for how to succeed at the application process.
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Becoming a Firefighter

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Overview

About 353,000 firefighters are currently employed nationwide. Employment opportunities for firefighters are rising, and applicants should expect fierce competition. Becoming a Firefighter includes critical information on everything from what firefighters really do on the job, to how they are selected, to the types of jobs available. This book also features salary and benefit information, financial aid resources, and tips for how to succeed at the application process.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576858059
  • Publisher: LearningExpress, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/25/2008
  • Series: Becoming Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 934,445
  • File size: 7 MB

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The team at LearningExpress is dedicated to publishing the best and most up-to-date skill-building, academic test-preparation, and career/vocational test-preparation titles available. We're constantly watching market trends, which allows us to be extraordinarily creative and authoritative as we stay ahead of the curve in our editorial approach. LearningExpress makes a point of being cutting edge in bringing you the best and most sought-after titles for all your skill-building needs.
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Table of Contents


Introduction: Why You Need This Book v Chapter 1 Choosing a Career in Firefighting 1 Advantages of Becoming a Firefighter 2 Educational Trends 6 Who Employs Firefighters? 7 Fast-Growing Geographic Locations 7 Women in the Fire Protection Field 8 Job Opportunities in the Fire Protection Field 9 Is Firefighting the Right Career for You? 27 Inside Track 29 Chapter 2 Applying for the Job 31 The Candidate Fire Departments Want to Hire 32 Plan for Success 33 Municipal Firefighter Selection Process 34 State or Federal Wildland Firefighter Selection Process 63 Military Firefighter Selection Process 66 Private Company Firefighter Selection Process 72 Job Opportunities for Those Leaving the Military 78 Using the Internet to Help Land the Job You Want 79 Inside Track 84 Chapter 3 Becoming a Candidate: Education 85 High School Preparation 86 Fire Explorer and Fire Cadet Programs 87 Certificate Programs 90 How to Choose a Training Program That's Best for You 99 Inside Track 104 Chapter 4 Becoming a Candidate: Financial Aid 107 Some Myths about Financial Aid 108 Types of Financial Aid 109 Questions to Ask Before You Take Out a Loan 124 Applying for Financial Aid 125 General Guidelines for Loans 130 The Most Frequently Asked Questions about Financial Aid 134 Glossary of Financial Aid Terms 137 Financial Aid Resources 138 Inside Track 142 Chapter 5 Succeeding on the Job 145 Succeeding as a Probationary Firefighter 146 Interacting with Supervisors 148 Interacting with the Public 149 Developing the Qualities That Count 149 Knowing When to Be Ready 150 Maintaining Personal Health and Fitness 150 Advancement Opportunities 151 Job Descriptions for Advanced Positions 155 Career Options 160 InsideTrack 167 Appendix A Employment Resources 169 Appendix B Useful Organizations 171 Appendix C Additional Resources 175 Appendix D Directory of Fire-Related Training Programs 181
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