2012 Firefighter Career Expo

 2012 Career Expo

Do you know what it takes to be a firefighter?

Hundreds of potential firefighter recruits had a chance to see for themselves at this year's Firefighter Career Expos held at Orange and Livermore CPAT Centers in April.

Sponsored by the California Fire Fighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee (CFFJAC) and its Commission to Recruit Women for the Fire Service, the Firefighter Career Expos are designed to give candidates - particularly women who may have never considered becoming a firefighter - an up close and personal look at a career with the fire service.

"I was looking into doing a fire academy but I had some concerns about the physical aspects of it.  Once I saw this event, it was a no-brainer to come out and see where I'm at, to see if I can do it," said Melissa Tomlinson who attended this year's Career Fair in Livermore. "It really kind of put things into perspective, that a woman can do this, too."

Attendees had the chance to talk to professional career firefighters and fire department representatives, as well as try their hand at the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT), the firefighter test that has become the industry standard, with the help of both male and female CPAT proctors.  In addition, Expo attendees could tour fire apparatus on display, attend a video presentation about a day in the life of a firefighter and finish off the afternoon with lunch and cold drinks.

"The Career Expos give us an opportunity to introduce our profession to young men and women who have a desire to become professional firefighters," said CFFJAC Chair Dan Terry. "Most candidates spend hours testing the equipment, seeing if they have the physical ability for the job, and at the same time are exposed to departments that are considering hiring new firefighters."

Click here to view photos from the 2012 Career Expo in Livermore.

Click here to view photos from the 2012 Career Expo in Orange.