How to Become a Firefighter in Montreal

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If you live in Montreal, Canada, and want to be a firefighter, there are several things you'll need to keep in mind. Choosing to become a firefighter can be a difficult decision, but getting there doesn't have to be. Read on to find out more.

Join the volunteer fire fighters department in Montreal. It is a great way to gain experience and make sure you really want to be a firefighter.

Apply to the Academie des Pompiers in Quebec. It is the closest firefighting academy to Montreal. In order to be accepted into the academy, you must have a high school diploma and transcript of last grades, along with a number of other requirements that are listed on the website (see Resources below).

Graduate and apply for a job with the Montreal Fire Department. You may or may not be able to secure a job before you graduate. If you can't get a job in Montreal right away, you can always apply to some of the smaller cities around Montreal to gain further experience.

Secure a job with the Montreal Fire Department. You will have to complete their training program, but the experience you have gained should be helpful.

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If you are continuing your education or switching careers, see if they have different requirements for being accepted into the academy. It cannot be stressed enough how important physical strength is for this job.
Learn CPR. Being able to resuscitate someone you pulled out of a fire is handy if the paramedics aren't there on time. Plus, fire fighters are often called to non-fire emergencies, such as car wrecks.

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