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Characteristics of a Successful Firefighter

Listed below are some personality characteristics of a successful firefighter. These are very important, as these characteristics are what the psychological exams are looking for in a fire candidate.

* Maintains effective and pleasant working relationships with superiors and peers
* Is flexible, not rigid, in thinking
* Is a self-motivated individual
* Has empathy and is supportive of others in time of need
* Is able to control and keep emotions on an even keel
* Is willing to accept constructive criticism from others
* Knows that there is a chain of command and that following established department procedures is important in an organization
* Is willing to work as a team member
* Shows initiative
* Innovativeness
* Uses judgment and common sense
* Has a positive attitude and believes that a successful outcome will occur in emergency situations
* Has strong values and ethics
* Good organizational skills
* Dependable – being on time and being there when needed
* Able to speak clearly and audibly
* Ability to follow oral directions
* Ability to follow written directions
* Is able to handle stress and stay calm in emergency situations
* Works with little or no supervision
* Is able to take charge when the situation demands it
* Under emergency conditions, can handle critical decision-making
* Under emergency conditions is able to perform both repetitive and complex tasks with little or no supervision
* Is able to treat the severely injured and sick
* Is able to accomplish duties in tight time frames
* Does high quality work and makes suggestions to improve how things are done
* Realizes that safety is a top priority
* Has the sincere desire to serve the community and help people
* Willing to accept people as they are without regard to race, creed, or sex
* Can render emergency care to anyone regardless of who they are, where they are and what their beliefs are
* Understands that there are cultural differences and does not stereotype individuals
* Able to treat all people with dignity and respect

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