Become a firefighter in Massachusetts

To become a firefighter, you need a good education, physical fitness, the ability to work well with others, and a career plan. The Massachusetts Fire Department’s Fire Academy trains firefighters who are already working in cities.


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

Interpersonal skills

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

Physical fitness

Get or stay in great physical shape. 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 the places where you want to work. Schedule meetings with fire chiefs in those departments to discuss job opportunities and your career goals.

Civil service

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