Hey all. I'm 23 and I've recently become interested in becoming a firefighter. At the end of it all, probably in the Kansas City, Missouri/Kansas area. Though nothing is set in stone at the moment. I was wondering if anyone could give me some helpful advice, or direct me to some websites(as i haven't had much luck in finding them myself) that would contain information on the process leading up to testing. Do I need to have degrees in anything? If so, do a good number of colleges offer the courses needed? Would it be a good idea to try and start out as a volunteer firefighter while I'm training/studying to become the real thing? Things of that nature. Thank you all in advance.

Chris