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What Does it Take to Be a Hero?

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Whether you’re thinking about being a firefighter, an EMT, a policeman or any other kind of first responder, you’ve probably asked yourself whether you have what it takes. Are you brave enough? Strong enough? Confident enough? Are you good enough? They’re all valid questions, but really, there are only four things you need to have in order to pursue a career as a first responder.

Education

The first thing you’ll need is the right education. EMT certification, firefighter training, the police academy: that is where you start, but it’s not the end. You may find that your career requires additional specialized education, like rope rescue training or special licensing. You have to be willing and able to put in the work and complete this training successfully.

Dedication

First responder work isn’t your standard nine-to-five, and while the rewards go beyond what you get at a standard desk job, it also requires sacrifice. Are you prepared to give up personal time, not to mention sleep and perhaps your own safety, in order to help others? Are the people in your life prepared to support you while you do that?

Moderation

When considering a career as a first responder, you have to ask yourself: will you know when you need to take a step back? You can’t help others if you’re not taking care of yourself first. If you’re the kind of person who has no brakes, who dives in head first and doesn’t know when to stop, then this might not be the right choice for you.

A Special Something

First responders are a special breed. They run into danger, not away from it. The extraordinary is their everyday. It takes a very special kind of person to make it as a first responder. But if you’re even considering this as a career path, you’ve probably already got this. Everything else is just a question of willingness to commit.

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