Fire Fighter Promotions
Firefighters have multiple opportunities for advancement, and generally these are not limited to only raises on salary. While earning a good wage is important, others value the prestige, honor, and responsibility that comes with an increase in rank. The most certain way to advance, at least at the outset of one's firefighting career, is to do so with education and training. Larger fire departments and divisions will commonly have a sliding salary scale that is published and standardized for all fire personell. It usually is based upon years of service and training credits completed.
The other consideration, and perhaps a more significant one later in one's career is that of work performance. Promotions and advancements may be based upon individual recommendations and performance reviews. At the higher levels of fire fighting administration, such as captains, officers, and chiefs, regional and local politics may also come into play. In these cases formal education and a college degree is often a prerequisite. The ranks of a fire fighter generally correspond to the following path: engineer, lieutentant, captain, battalion chief, assistant chief, deputy chief, and chief.