Do you possess the personal qualities needed to become a fire fighter? Mental alertness, self-discipline, courage, mechanical
aptitude, endurance, strength, initiative and good judgment are all extremely important,
because as a fire fighter you will be required to make quick decisions in emergency
situations. Do you work well on a team and get along with others? Are you dependable?
As a member of a crew you will live and work closely with other members under conditions
of stress and danger for extended periods of time, so qualities like these are highly
The choice to become a fire service professional requires dedication, commitment and
a desire to provide an exemplary level of public service. As a graduate of the Allan
Hancock College Fire Technology/Fire Academy program you will be qualified for career
opportunities in positions such as:
- Volunteer Firefighter
- Reserve Firefighter
- Fire Engineer
- Fire Captain
- Fire Battalion Chief
- Fire Chief
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, entry-level firefighters can expect to
earn an annual salary of $45,700 on average. Fire captains and fire chiefs can earn
salaries of $70,860 on average.
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Fire Academy Student
"I chose the fire technology program at Allan Hancock because of what it can provide for me. It's giving me a step above the other academies and throughout the state. Graduates of this academy have gone on to be the chiefs and the captains that are going to be hiring us, so when we go in for interviews by being able to say that we graduated at this academy they know what we've experienced. Allan Hancock College has provided me with the physical and mental capabilities through the classroom training we do each day and the physical training we do each morning. This academy pushes you to your boundaries and then you begin to work on those weaknesses; your weaknesses then become your strengths so you're actually growing as a person. Allan Hancock has made a difference in my life it's really taught me who I am and where I want to be."
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Video: Fire Academy prepares recruit Kelly for physical demands through training and