You can become a professional firefighter after 30, 40, or even 50 at some fire departments. There are departments that have upper age limits between 28 and 40, while others have no upper age requirements for firefighters.
What is the oldest age to be a firefighter?
The age limit to become a firefighter is usually between 18 and 35. However, many departments have no upper age limit to apply. Read on to learn more about the age restrictions on becoming a firefighter. Just because you are over 35, that doesn’t necessarily rule you out from becoming a firefighter.
What is the age limit for a retained firefighter?
You need to be 18 but there is no upper age limit and your gender doesn’t matter.
What age can you join the fire service?
Over 17 and a half years old on the date you apply? (There’s no upper age limit.)
What is the average life expectancy of a firefighter?
The average life expectancy at age 60 for police and firefighters was 24 years for men and 26 years for women. For non-police and fire, the comparable figures were 25 years for men and 27 years for women – just one year longer!
Can you have a goatee as a firefighter?
So, can firefighters have beards? Generally, no, you will not be allowed to have a beard and will most likely be required to be clean shaven all times while on duty.
Is it worth being an on call firefighter?
Being an on-call firefighter means people become part of a close-knit team, gain a range of new skills, earn additional money which fits around existing jobs and commitments, while making a difference within the local community.
Do on call firefighters get a pension?
The Government has now introduced the terms of the Retained Firefighters’ Pension Settlement that will offer pension entitlement for all employees who were employed as retained firefighters between the relevant period. If you joined after that date you are not eligible to join the scheme.
Can I join the fire service at 40?
The minimum age for application is 18, and although some FRS’s do have an upper age limit (this will be listed in the job description in the post) the majority do not.
Does being a firefighter shorten your life?
Firefighters have shorter life expectancies than the average population and are three times more likely to die on the job, partly due to inherent risks, physical and mental stresses, and exposures to toxic and carcinogenic compounds released in smoke (source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, University of Cincinnati).
What is the number 1 killer of firefighters?
Cancer is now the number one cause of death among firefighters. According to data from the nonprofit Firefighter Cancer Support Network (active in the USA and Canada) cancer caused 66% of the career firefighter line-of-duty deaths from 2002 to 2019.