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How to Write a Firefighter Letter of Recommendation

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Firefighters define courage and humility. These select few are expected to rush to the scene of an emergency in a moment’s notice and place themselves in harm’s way for the sake of a complete stranger’s life. It takes a special person to become a firefighter. These brave men and women must prepare themselves to be mentally and physically tough individuals who are ready for anything. If you know someone who’s taken the necessary measures to become a firefighter, writing a letter of recommendation will help jump start his career.

Instruct the person for whom you're writing the recommendation to provide you with her resume and a summary of any awards she's received. Collect any additional required paperwork from her desired employer.

Start the letter with a brief introduction explaining who you are and how you know the potential firefighter. Point out in what regard you're qualified to be recommending this person. Asserting your credibility as a recommender is perhaps the most important part of the letter.

List precise examples of this person's applicable qualifications in the field of emergency services. Strength and conditioning merits are helpful, as are CPR training and other medical certifications.

Mention any adversity this person has faced in her personal or professional life, as well as the steps she took to overcome it. Firefighters are routinely placed into tumultuous situations and it's their responsibility to handle it with composure.

Supply your contact information at the end of the letter, along with a short note that encourages the potential employer to contact you if further information is needed. Add your signature and keep an extra copy of the letter just in case.

Tip

Skim your letter for any typos or punctuation errors before sending.

Warning

Providing a dishonest account of this person's abilities or merits could damage your reputation.

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About the Author

Matt McKinney has written professionally since 2008. His work has appeared in publications such as "The Knox Student" and "Diminished Capacity," his campus literary journal. McKinney is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing at Knox College.