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Is There a Certain Height to Become a Firefighter?

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Firefighting is a demanding occupation, both physically and psychologically. Physical strength and mental alertness are both required, as well as bravery and the desire to help others. Being in good physical shape is more important than height, however.


Candidates must meet several criteria in order to become a firefighter. For example, candidates must be 18 or older and have a valid driver’s license. A candidate must also hold at least a high school diploma or equivalent. A background check will be completed on a candidate’s employment, education and criminal history. This check must be clear before the candidate can be accepted. However, there is no minimum or maximum height stated in the criteria for firefighters.


Candidates may also undergo tests to determine their physical and mental resilience. There is also an agility and physical test as well as a written exam. Generally, as long as candidates are strong enough to move equipment in the physical test, then height is immaterial. Candidates may also be tested for drugs misuse and use of tobacco.


Fire departments in different states and cities may have their own variations on the prerequisites for joining the fire service. It is best to check with the individual fire department if unsure of any potential height restrictions before applying.

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