The road to becoming a Firefighter in SA
Are you a team player? Can you keep calm under pressure? Does the thought of adventure excite you? Then becoming a Firefighter may be a great career choice for you. Whether you are trying to figure out what to study or if your current career bores you, learning more about this job will help you to make an informed decision. Here are more details of what Firefighter jobs in South Africa entail.
While the main purpose of a Firefighter is to put out fires with the aim of protecting people and property, there are also other tasks which are associated with this position. Firefighters may be required to enter burning buildings to rescue people who are trapped inside. In addition to fighting fires they may be asked to assist with other emergencies such as floods and earthquakes. Firefighters are required to evaluate the scene in order to decide what action to take and are also involved in paramedical care at the scene of an emergency. Other important tasks are keeping fit and healthy, as well as maintaining fire trucks. It is also essential that all the equipment is kept in excellent working order.
Firefighter jobs in South Africa are available in government departments or at airports. Positions are also available in forestry departments as well as in the navy. If you want to become a Firefighter, you will need to be able to remain calm under pressure. Courage, physical fitness and reliability is also essential for this position. Firefighters often work long hours as well as on public holidays and weekends.
A career as a firefighter offers room for growth and promotion. The position that you are eligible for will depend on your qualifications, training and experience. Your capability as a firefighter will also be taken into consideration. The minimum requirement to be a firefighter in South Africa is matric and you must be at least eighteen years of age. A valid driver’s licence is also required and it is essential that you are able to pass a physical and medical evaluation. To start off with, you can become a Learner Firefighter. Once you have the necessary skills you can apply for higher ranking positions.
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