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STORY ABOUT US: Part 2 Firefighter to be!

We are continuing Story about us with our colleague Vedran. Vedran is a new member in our ¨family¨. At the moment he is in training program to become a firefighter at our airport. 

When you ask a seven-year-old kid what he would like to become when he grows up, you get mostly answers like Spiderman, Astronaut, Doctor, and FIREFIGHTER. To serve as a firefighter is heroic and adventurous, these highly trained professionals risk their lives for others every day. It is no wonder, that when we were kids we consider them as our role models.

But before you can become an active-duty firefighter, you need to spend about 1200 hours in training, over the course of 24 weeks. That's somewhere between 40 to 48 hours per week, which makes firefighter training a full-time job. Training occurs at a fire academy, which is run by the fire department, a division of the state government. To enter a training program, applicants take an aptitude test. The tasks are reflective of what students do in the fire academy throughout their training day in and out. It's unlikely that an applicant who strains to complete the tasks will survive 14 weeks of training, and so is a strong indicator of future success.

Vedran´s day looks like this:

05:30 Getting up

06:15 -06: 45 Morning workout

7.30 - 10:05 Exercises 1st part

10: 30-13: 05 Exercises 2nd part

14: 00-16: 35 Exercises 3rd

18:00 - 20:00 Individual learning

21:00 Sleep

By the end of june, when the course is finished, Vedran will join our team again as active-duty firefighter.