How Important is education?
As I write this, I am smack dab in the middle of my pursuit of a Bachelors Degree in Fire Protection and Safety Technology.
I am right in the middle, and at this point I am in the 'middle of the tunnel' so to speak.... the only problem that I have is I can't tell if there is a light at the end of the tunnel - or if it's an oncoming train:D
My question for you out there in Forum land is:
How important is getting my Bachelors degree - when all I want to be is a firefighter?
I can see the value in having my degree, I think it will help me once I leave any departments 'probationary' period...
What do you think?
And no - I don't think you can put out fire with a book. But a think that one of the most important tools a firefighter has is the grey, spongy mass between his/her ears.
Helps out in the Long run
I don't necessarily think that a degree should be required. There are some people who just don't want to go, but it doesn't mean that they won't make good firefighters. A degree can help in the long run though. If they ever wanted to retire and move on, a degree will get you a good paying job.