7 Reasons Why You Should Become A Rochester Firefighter Today!

September 13, 2019

Written by Jasmine

Are you a city resident looking for a rewarding career? Do you have a passion for helping others and positively impacting your community? If these points are true for you, then keep reading!

  1. Simple Basic Eligibility Requirements

We all know the job of a firefighter is no walk in the park, but getting in the club may not be as difficult as you think! Here’s all you’ll need:

  • City of Rochester residency by the application deadline
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Good physical & mental health
  • Drug free
  • 18 years of age or older at the time of appointment
  • Valid NYS Driver’s License


  1. BENEFITS!! 💸💸

I know you’re all thinking, “Show me the money!” Well, how about a starting annual salary of $45,173!??!!? And that’s just the beginning, after five years you can expect up to $78,884. Hold on, let me go apply real quick… LOL! 😂


  1. Learn Useful Life Skills

Firefighters are trained to perform extremely technical work in emergencies and life-or-death situations. Not only are these skills useful for everyday life, but you’ll also have the opportunity to work in other areas like:

  • Fire Prevention
  • Public Education
  • Training
  • Special Operations
  • Administration
  • Fire Investigations
  • Community Outreach
  • Information Technology


  1. Fitness Baby! 💪🏾💪🏾

The average fire uniform weighs about 45 pounds, and that’s just the basic helmet, hood, pants, coat, gloves, boots and air pack. Add on any other equipment and and you can almost double that! So needless to say, you’ll have a summer bod all year long!


  1. Helping Others

If you’re someone like me who loves helping people and making a positive impact in your community, then the Rochester Fire Department is definitely for you! Not to mention, everyone LOVES firefighters! No one ever made a song called, ‘F*** the Fire Department.” 🤷🏾‍♀️


  1. Non-Traditional Work Schedule

Don’t expect your basic 9-5 with this job. In fact, the variability in your schedule will allow time for other things like pursuing higher education or spending time with your family. 👶🏾


  1. No Prior Experience Necessary, But it Helps!

As previously stated, firefighters perform a variety of technical work in emergency situations, which will all be taught to you with the best professional training. However, if you have experience in these types of emergency environments then you’ve already got a leg up! Experience that will add to your training includes:

  • Military & Armed Forces Service
  • Nursing & Medical Services
  • EMS Provider
  • College student studying EMS, Fire Science, Criminal Justice or Fitness


There you have it, a great salary, great benefits and an overall great opportunity for growth! So what are you waiting for? Apply NOW!

For more information on how you can become a Rochester Firefighter, visit https://www.cityofrochester.gov/firefighterjob/ or call 585-428-3690.

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