You’ve just taken your first step towards becoming a firefighter! Below you will find information pertaining to what it means to be a firefighter and the training it takes to get there.
Being a firefighter gives you an opportunity to help someone in ways you never thought possible. When someone is having an emergency firefighters may be the only source of hope they have left. We handle situations that no one else can. Our tools and skills are designed to tackle jobs the seem insurmountable! Training can be tough both physically and mentally and it never ends. Recruit training lasts about 12 months, but you will spend the rest of your career training and preparing so you will be ready no matter what the call.
Fern Creek is a combination department. That means we have career staff that works along side our volunteers. This type of team allows us to provide 24 hour protection while keeping cost low for tax payers. When you join our team you will be protecting the same community you live in.
Requirements: To be eligible to become a member you must…
- be at least 18 years old before the recruit class begins.
- be able to pass Fern Creek aptitude test
- have a high school diploma or GED
- have a valid driver’s licence
- pass a physical evaluation*
During your 12 month recruit class you will be taught by experienced firefighters, both volunteer and career. Class typically meets once during the week. Occasionally additional weekday or weekend training may be required. Recruit class is a combination of online course work and hands on skills. Each training will focused on a different principle of firefighting. There will be reading, quizzes, and tests that are online to be completed at home. The intensity of which can rival college level courses. Weekly training will center around skills relating to that material. Once you are cleared to start making runs you must complete at least 24 hours of ride time each month in addition to weekly training and course work. When you graduate our class you will have obtained your KY 150 hour volunteer firefighter certification, as well as the IFSAC certifications: Firefighter I, Firefighter II, Hazmat Awareness, and Hazmat Operations. These four certifications are typically required to be hired by a Jefferson County department as a career firefighter. The certifications also transfer as college credit if you choose to pursue a degree in Fire Science.
Fern Creek believes in investing in our team members. After you complete recruit school you are eligible for technical rescue training in a wide variety of skills. Fern Creek currently offers Technician level training in the following disciplines:
- Emergency Medical
- Rope Rescue
- Swift Water
- Ice Rescue
You are also eligible to take outside classes throughout the state to help sharpen your skills. If you’d like to learn more the training we do visit our training page.
Becoming a firefighter is not an easy task and the decision to join our department shouldn’t be made lightly. It requires dedication, determination, and self motivation. However, the reward of serving your community and helping someone in need is like no other. If you feel the calling and are up for the challenge feel out an application and return in to either station 1 or 2 during business hours.
*Initial physical is paid for buy the applicant. Physical costs approximately $45 is done through the departments physician.