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    Default Why is 21 years old a common requirement?

    I'm looking for a full-time fire job and keep running into the requirement of being 21 or older. Just curious what the reason is for that? Some departments it is because insurance won't allow someone under 21 to drive emergency traffic, but on a large department, a new hire won't even be touching a steering wheel for years. Correct?

    I'm in Tennessee, 19 yrs old, with Firefighter 1, EMT-IV and several other fire certs.


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    I think it has to do with insurance most insurance companies will not insure a driver of a emergency vehicle under 21. Here in my locality you can be a volunteer at 16 but you can not drive until you are 21 because of the insurance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snarff View Post
    I think it has to do with insurance most insurance companies will not insure a driver of a emergency vehicle under 21. Here in my locality you can be a volunteer at 16 but you can not drive until you are 21 because of the insurance.

    That makes sense, but what about large departments where you have to have 3-5 years on the department before you can even test for engineer? Seems like whether you can drive or not would be a non-issue.

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    You might do drivers training

    You might drive other city vehicles

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    None of the career departments in my area require you to be 21. I don't think we've ever hired anyone under 20, however.

    Driving requirements change from department to department. Our personnel are required to be drivers within one year of completion of recruit school.

    Maturity is another factor that drives some departments to require 21 YOA, however.
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