Employment of firefighters is expected to grow more slowly than the average for all occupations through 2022, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Fire fighting is forecasted to remain a very competitive field, and the number of people interested in becoming firefighters will outweigh the number of available positions in most areas. The DOL reports that approximately two out of three situations that firefighters respond to are medical emergencies and not fires. Applicants who are physically fit, have EMT training, have top scores on physical-conditioning and mechanical aptitude exams, and have at least some postsecondary training will have the best employment prospects.  

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