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Carson Gordon 6 February 2008 English 15 Everyday Heroes Being a firefighter takes a lot of courage and strength, strength both physically and mentally. A firefighter has the objective of saving lives even when it means putting their own life at risk. They often leave their families questioning if they will return from work that day. These men and women go through all the training and risk just for the overall good of our communities. Firefighters are everyday heroes because of how difficult their job is, how hard it is on their families, and the way they endanger themselves daily. There is a lot required for becoming a firefighter. Before becoming, an active duty, firemen you must spend about 600 hours of training over 12-14 weeks. That is at least 40 hours per week. Most of the training is done in the classroom covering academics in English, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Fire Science. There are other requirements other than just being a well-rounded student. Normally firefighters must be at least 18 years old and even 21 in some cases. Applicants must at least have a highschool diploma and sometimes even a college level education. All firefighters must be in great physical shape because all of the physical task they must be able to complete. They also must have perfect 20/20 vision. All firefighters must have a clean criminal record. Due to these requirements most applicants to fire school are rejected. Becoming a firefighter has grown to be so competitive that many applicants obtain EMT or Paramedic certificates before applying to fire school. More and more applicants are applying with four-year degrees in Fire Science or other related fields. To enter the fire
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training applicants must pass three tests: a written exam, a Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT), and an aptitude test. The written test is about 100 questions long and covers reading comprehension, mechanical reasoning, logic, observation, and memory.
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