Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Spring 2019

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Committee Chair

Judy Beard

Second Committee Member

Matthew Martinson

Third Committee Member

Anne Cubilie


For this project, under direction of Judy Beard and Matthew Martinson, I have created a manual to further assist individuals in the process of fulfilling dreams to become a firefighter. I have researched the vast number steps it takes to become a firefighter and provided helpful suggestions that will aid individuals throughout the process. Becoming a firefighter is a demanding process with physical abilities that need to be taken into consideration when going through the elaborate process. This project includes background information on structure firefighting, volunteer firefighting, wildland firefighting, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, and what the role of each of these have in becoming a career firefighter. My project includes sample questions, prices of entry tests, where these tests occur and how often. Included is also a list of departments and what exam they require to be taken, since assessments vary between departments. Characteristics that are needed/wanted for this career are also explained in this project with an emphasis on how and why each trait is used in the daily life of a firefighter. My goal is to give guidance to those who may be struggling with getting hired and provide strategies that will guide individuals to be more successful candidates.