How to Become a Firefighter in Arkansas

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Firefighters require bravery, stamina, and training in order to be able to do their jobs effectively. The amount of training that is required will vary depending on the state that the fireighter lives in as well as whether they are a volunteer firefighter or a professional. If you are wanting to become a firefighter in the state of Arkansas, here are the steps that you should take.

  • Examine the physical shape that you are in and then begin an exercise routine to improve or maintain your fitness level. Firefighting is a very physically demanding job, and you will need to be in good enough shape to lift heavy loads. Make sure that you can lift at least 200 pounds over your shoulder and carry it for at least 500 feet.

  • Take the specific training courses. The training courses include a 16-hour Introduction to Fire course, a 16-hour protective equipment course, and a 4 hour Wildlife Fire class. All class hours are necessary to receive certification and progress to volunteer status. Contact your local volunteer fire department for help in locating and scheduling the classes. You should also see if the department is performing any training drills. If so, ask if you can join in on the drills while you work toward your certification.

  • Start with the volunteer firefighter certification and then apply to the Arkansas Fire Academy. The Arkansas Fire Academy is an accredited training program that is offered through Southern Akansas University Tech, offering standardized training and certification for all professional Arkansas firefighters. The application process is fairly straightforward and upon acceptance you will be able to attend training classes on the SAUT campus or other satellite locations throughout Arkansas.

  • Graduate from the Arkansas Fire Academy. Once you graduate, you will have the required certification to work at any fire department in the state of Arkansas. You will still need to apply at the departments as you would with any job. Most departments only have a limited amount of firefighters that they can afford to keep on staff, so you will need to find a department with an open to fill.

Tips & Warnings

  • Your local fire department can give you more information about the Arkansas Fire Academy and can also assist you in filling out and submitting your AFA application

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