Becoming a Firefighter in Massachusetts

Learn about the process and requirements to become a firefighter in Massachusetts.
Firefighters in training

Becoming a firefighter starts with a solid education, physical fitness, the ability to work well with others and a career plan. The Department of Fire Services' Massachusetts Firefighting Academy trains firefighters who are already employed by towns and cities.

Preparing to Become a Firefighter


Firefighters need a solid understanding of English, math and the sciences. Higher education is key to success in the fire service and a college degree in fire science is a good place to start.

Interpersonal Skills

Develop your ability to work in groups and to get along with all kinds of people. Team sports, students government and other clubs, and part-time jobs are all good ways to build your skills.

Physical Fitness

Get, or stay, in excellent physical condition. Work on your strength, endurance, flexibility and agility.

Make a Career Plan

Think about whether you want to work in a city, town, or suburb. List places you want to work. Schedule meetings with fire chiefs in those departments to talk about job opportunities and your career goals.

Civil Service

Some cities and towns in the state require firefighters to be civil servants. Check this list of communities  to determine if you have to take the civil service exam to meet your career goals.

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