Who hasn’t dreamed of being a firefighter? The adventure of battling a blaze, rescuing a victim, saving property … it may not always be as glamorous as you thought as a child, but firefighting can be every bit as rewarding as you imagined. Employment of firefighters is expected to increase 7 percent through 2022, more slowly than the average for all occupations, but applicants who are physically fit, have high test scores, and those with paramedic certification should have the best job prospects.
To work in a public fire department as a firefighter, a 240-hour non-credit program on firefighting techniques and a Civil Service examination are required. However, there are many opportunities in fire sciences in the private sector as well. An Associate Degree from LCCC can lead to career opportunities in forestry, insurance, and construction. It can also help advance your career as a firefighter at the local, state, or federal government level.
Students who are currently certified as a firefighter by the State of Ohio are advised to take the following sequence: FIRE 111, 127, 132, 134, 218. Students who are not certified firefighters in the State of Ohio are advised to take the following sequence: FIRE 111, 134, 218 and 299.
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