What Type of Firefighter Should You Be?

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By: Ian Fortey

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Overall, would you say you're more of a people person or someone who likes to be alone?

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Firefighters have to be in peak physical condition. How often do you work out?

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There's a lot of knowledge involved in firefighting. When you learn about something new, how do you go about it?

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What would be the No. 1 motivation for you to become a firefighter?

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You need to know a good deal of math in the world of firefighting. How good are you with numbers?

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The job isn't all risk-taking and glamour. Are you down for saving a cat from a tree?

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Have you ever been seriously burned before?

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Firefighting is not for the faint of heart. Can you handle intense pressure?

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Have you ever had to put out a fire in your own home?

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Every fire hall needs a chef. Are you able to cook for your fellow firefighters?

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Fire doesn't happen on a schedule, so you could work any time of day. What's your preferred schedule?

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Firefighters have infamously shown up in calendars over the years. Are you posing?

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Do you think you could handle driving one of those big ladder trucks?

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Firefighters don't have movies made about them nearly as often as police officers do. What's the best firefighter film?

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Do you know CPR?

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How much weight do you think you can carry?

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Some rescues are more harrowing than others. How are you with heights?

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You can't be an effective firefighter if you're not a team player. How do you handle teamwork?

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Have you ever had a near-death experience?

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Firefighting is super high stress, and that takes a toll. How do you keep yourself zen?

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Speed is key when it comes to responding to a call. Are you usually the first person to get a job done, or the last?

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One skill that can't really be taught is overcoming fear in the face of danger. Are you able to face down fear to help someone else?

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A firehouse should have a pet, shouldn't it? What's your animal companion?

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Firefighters are pretty famous for doing charitable work in the community. What's something you'd be stoked to do?

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Would you be looking to climb the ladder at work and take on a leadership role?

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What's the best way to deal with a new firefighter joining the team?

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The idea of a fire pole is pretty fun, right?

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A firefighter has to deal with many stressed out, scared and confused people. Can you be patient with someone like that?

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Would you ever call yourself a hero?

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Where would you be most comfortable working if it was up to you to decide?

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About This Quiz

There are mostly two types of real-life heroes, as opposed to the fictional superheroes we all love in movies. There are the heroes who are in the right place at the right time and spring into action when they see something going down. Then there are those who don't wait for something to happen before they start preparing. Firefighters are in that second group. They train physically and mentally to be ready when disaster strikes. Because they dedicate their lives to responding to emergencies, other lives are saved, damages are minimized, and the world is a safer place overall. These are people who choose to make the rest of us safe, even though there are incredible risks and dangers involved. If that isn't a description of a hero, then what is?

The thing about firefighting is that it's not static and straightforward. There's a lot to consider when it comes to fighting fires. Firefighters have different jobs. Different fires require different methods of fighting them. And that's not even taking into account all the non-fire-related things these people do. With so many tasks to perform, you'd excel at some things more than others. Let's find out what type of firefighter you're meant to be.

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