Wow, I can't believe how many people ask me this. In fact, now the teachers are even asking. Some look at me like I am insane, or just plain stupid. I smile and say, "Why do you teach? It was a calling". And it really was.
I live on a pretty busy road. There have been numerous accidents, and me being me, I would always watch the firefighters work on scene. When I was younger, I would climb up a tree and watch them work. I always felt so helpless. A year or two ago, someone died in front of my house in a car accident. I came home from school and found the left over pieces of car on the side of the road. I ran to my computer and found the accident on the news page.
But of course, that wasn't the last accident to happen on my road. The next accident wasn't a MVA, it was someone on the mountain who flipped their ATV and injured their foot. I watched them come down the mountain, and be air-lifted to a hospital. I immediately ran to my computer and checked my computer about the age when I could join the fire department. I was a bit hesitant, because I wasn't sure what it be like. I saw I could be a Junior! I asked my parents, who agreed.
Best thing I have ever chosen to do. Now I know what I want to do when I get out of college.
I live pretty far from my station, so I don't make many calls. But I am fine with that. I get training, and that's what matters most. For now, I am limited to what I can do.
For you guys, was it a calling, family, or something different? I know this is what I want to do with my life.
Also, any tips on how to pursue a career as a Firefighter? Like classes, tips and ideas?