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Top 5 Skills You Need to Succeed as a Firefighter

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Anyone who aims to become a firefighter must prepare themselves for long hours of duty, a lot of hard work, and dedication. But that alone isn’t enough to make you succeed as a firefighter.

So, before you sign up for the role, it is important to learn the essential requirements for being a hero without a cape. Read on to find the top 5 essential skills every firefighter needs to succeed.

1. Teamwork

Firefighting is not a solo job. It requires working in a group, and you must learn to communicate and trust your teammates. During your time in the firefighting academy, one of the most emphasized things will be teamwork.

No matter how strong or courageous you may be, there will always be times when you need backup. So, trusting and respecting your teammates is essential to ensure the success of every mission.

2. Adaptability

One of the most important skills to be a successful firefighter is adaptability. Firefighters face all kinds of dangerous situations, and you can never be sure what the next mission might have in store for you. Learning to adapt allows you to remain calm and composed and find the best course of action to manage the situation.

3. Attentiveness

Attentiveness is a must-have skill for firefighters. Rather than only putting out fires, firefighters must also pay attention to their surroundings. Even the smallest attention to detail can help save someone’s life and prevent the fire from spreading.  

4. Emotional Intelligence

Being emotionally intelligent is necessary for firefighters. Besides being physically fit, a firefighter must also show emotional resilience. It allows them to prevent their emotions from running high, no matter how dire the situation may get.

5. Empathy

Victims of fires and other hazardous situations go through traumatic and scarring experiences that might live with them for the rest of their lives. As a firefighter, it is important to show empathy to these people and help them feel at ease.  

Learn More About Firefighters in ‘Survive’

Firefighting requires you to have a very specific set of skills. Without these skills, it can put the lives of many people and the mission in jeopardy.

If you want to learn more about how a firefighter works, consider reading Dan Durkee’s latest horror thriller, ‘Survive.’ It follows a team of firefighters who are faced with a survival situation and must avoid being hunted by a ferocious being that lurks in the shadows of the wilderness. Click here to grab a copy today!

If you end up craving another dose of suspense, ‘Prey’ by Dan Durkee, the author of ‘Survive’ is the next must-read thriller – Available on his website and Amazon.

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