If you’ve ever dreamed of saving lives, join the Army National Guard as a Firefighter and become a warrior on and off the battlefield. No matter the circumstance, you will be called upon to protect lives, and help prevent fires in buildings, aircraft, and aboard ships.
To perform firefighting and rescue operations, you will learn how to operate firefighting equipment and vehicles, administer first aid, and respond to hazardous material emergencies. This includes the operation of pumps, hoses, and extinguishers, entering vehicles and buildings to fight fires and rescue personnel, driving fire and emergency rescue vehicles, and caring for injured personnel. You will also perform fire hazard inspections, teach fire protection procedures, and maintain firefighting equipment.
• Perform rescue and firefighting operations during structural fires, aircraft crashes, vehicle emergencies and natural cover fires
• Inspect aircraft, buildings, and equipment for fire hazards
Some of the Skills You’ll Learn
• Fighting different types of fires
• Firefighting equipment operations, first aid, and rescue procedures
• Ability to remain calm under stress
• Willingness to risk injury to help others
• Ability to think and act decisively
Through your training, you will develop the skills and experience to enjoy a civilian career in a firefighting crew in your community. Additional certifications or licenses may enable you to work as a fire inspector, fire investigator, or fire safety specialist.
Earn While You Learn
Instead of paying to learn these skills, get paid to train. In the Army National Guard, you will learn these valuable job skills while earning a regular paycheck and qualifying for tuition assistance.
Job training for Firefighters consists of 10 weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, and 13 weeks of Advanced Individual Training. Training consists of time in the classroom and work in the field.
- Paid training
- A monthly paycheck
- Montgomery GI Bill
- Federal and State tuition assistance
- Retirement benefits for part-time service
- Low-cost life insurance (up to $400,000 in coverage)
- 401(k)-type savings plan
- Student Loan Repayment Program (up to $50,000, for existing loans)
- Health care benefits available
- VA home loans
- Bonuses, if applicable
- Most non-prior service candidates will earn between $200 and $250 per drill weekend, subject to change
- Military enlistment in the Army National Guard
- Must be at least a junior in high school, or have a high school diploma or a GED certificate
- Must be between the ages of 17 and 35
- Must be able to pass a physical exam and meet legal and moral standards
- Must meet citizenship requirements (see NATIONALGUARD.com for details)
Requires military enlistment. Programs and benefits are subject to change. Ask your Army National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information. Actual MOS assignment may depend on MOS availability.