Laws pertaining to firefighter fitness to serve vary by state and local municipality. Regardless of geographic location, all potential firefighters are subject to a Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) background check.
If a firefighter candidate has a felony conviction show up on a BCI background check, she is automatically disqualified from employment consideration. If the driving while intoxicated (DWI) conviction was ruled a felony, a career as a firefighter will not be a possibility.
A single DWI (sometimes driving under the influence, DUI) conviction may not disqualify a potential firefighter from employment. Either state laws or local fire department guidelines will be the determining factor for further consideration. The length of time between the driving offense and the request for employment will likely be a major factor in consideration for possible employment.
Probation and Injury
Firefighters who have not yet had driving privileges restored or are on a court ordered probation will not be considered for employment. Even if the DWI conviction was a misdemeanor, a fire department could disqualify a candidate if the traffic infraction caused injury to a person or property.
- Photo Credit firetrucks and firefighters on a boom image by Elnur from Fotolia.com
Can You Still Become a Nurse with a DUI Misdemeanor?
Becoming a nurse is filled with lots of work, classes and an array of techniques to be mastered. Adding a DUI Misdemeanor...
Can a Felon Become a Doctor?
Earning a doctoral degree in any field is not an easy task, and a felony conviction may make the task even harder....
How to Train to Become a Firefighter
If you enjoy and excel at physical activity, can handle stressful environments and want to help your community, becoming a firefighter may...
How to Get a Government Job With a DWI Felony
Driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a crime that has many consequences. A person is considered to be driving while intoxicated, if the...
How to Fire an Employee After a DUI Charge
In some cases, business life and personal life overlap. This is not always a good thing, especially if an employee gets charged...