If you are seeking to get hired in the Fire Service then you need to understand the characteristics and general background of those you are competing with. Don’t dream of being a fire fighter or emergency service provider without knowing key facts. Consider the following.
NFPA Survey findings
NFPA estimates there were approximately 1,056,200 local firefighters in the US in 2017. Of the total number of firefighters 373,600 (35%) were career firefighters and 682,600 (65%) were volunteer firefighters.
Most of the career firefighters (72%) worked in communities that protected 25,000 or more people. Most of the volunteer firefighters (95%) were in departments that protected fewer than 25,000 people.
In 2017, 77,900, or 7%, of the firefighters were female. Of the career firefighters 13,400 (4%) were female firefighters. There were 64,500 volunteer firefighters who were female, 9% of the total number of volunteer firefighters.
There are an estimated 29,819 fire departments in the U.S. Of these, 2,785 (9%) departments were all career, 2,316 (8%) were mostly career, 5,405 (18%) were mostly volunteer and 19, 313 (65%) were all volunteer.
Nationwide 39% of fire departments provided no emergency medical services, 46% provided basic life support (BLS) and 16% provided advanced life support (ALS).
The numbers are strong in one direction. If you want to get a position in the fire service you need to have experience. The only way you can get experience before you are hired is to VOLUNTEER.
Check out these Bureau of Labor Statistics
Quick Facts: Firefighters
2018 Median Pay
$49,620 per year
$23.85 per hour
Typical Entry-Level Education Postsecondary nondegree award
Work Experience in a Related Occupation
Long-term on-the-job training
Number of Jobs, 2016
Job Outlook, 2016-26
7% (As fast as average)
Employment Change, 2016-26
Most applicants for the fire departments in this area have the required postsecondary nondegree award known simply as a certification. The State of Maryland pays for individuals to complete the certification process but you must be a volunteer to qualify. Most people understand that you have to go to college (pay them) to get a degree and years later you qualify for a job.
We at the Silver Hill Volunteer Fire Department provide the same postsecondary education and skills training but it is at no cost. If you want to know more contact us by going to our apply now section and fill out the form. Come by on our training nights which are held on Mondays to meet the training team and the students currently going through the certification process. (3900 Old Silver Hill Road in Suitland) Don’t just wish and dream that you can get hired. Position yourself to get the position by volunteering! Now Hiring,