Firefighting is a tough business, and firefighters - more than most other professionals - need to possess a multitude of skills and talents, not to mention the personal character necessary to properly and respectfully representing their department and profession. Combined with the unique work and living conditions place many demands on firefighters, this creates a long list of traits that are necessary for success.As a firefighter or a firefighter candidate, you must be aware of these traits and work toward them.
You can bet that in an interview you'll be asked to show proof of such traits and be able to articulate them with examples.
By clearly articulating such traits and giving examples from your own life, you will show the interview panel that you truly understand them and live by them.
While there are dozens of essential traits firefighters must possess in order to find success on the fire ground and in the firehouse, I'm focusing on 10 of the most important.These are the traits that were the most frequently mentioned when firefighters around the country were asked to give the top three most important traits for the job.
Some of the categories are very broad and could be broken down into many specific characteristics, but for the purposes of this article I have created ten very broad categories, listed in no particular order.