This role is physically and mentally demanding; you will be asked to intervene and provide exemplary service during the worst moments of people’s lives. Your training is very extensive but manageable if you have strong time management skills. You will be provided with a full set of gear and a pager and all the basic training necessary. You will serve at least a 6 month probationary period before being able to enter dangerous situations. The Shelton Fire Department provides members with the opportunity to become certified as Firefighter I&II through the State of Connecticut.
To become a fully licensed, certified and ranking Firefighter I, you will take a series of training courses which equate to around 200 hours of class time. Upon completion of additional training, you will also have the opportunity to join specialized rescue teams in the area such as: Dive Rescue and Recovery; Urban Search and Rescue; and Hazardous Materials. You will find that your training is intellectually stimulating and will compliment your professional work or education; in addition to the unique skills acquired, you will become a leader among your peers and learn new management styles. The possibilities for advancement in this position are limitless. Realistically, you can acquire the credentials needed to become an officer in only two and a half years. All training is provided free of charge and is strongly encouraged.