Any experience and education you have with the fire service is helpful. If you are in an area that has a volunteer program, try that out. This is a great chance to find out if the fire service is really for you. Often, a volunteer agency will also help you to get further fire service education. Any training and certifications you can bring to a department is highly valuable. Fire Fighter I Certificate would be helpful. Another way to make yourself a more appealing candidate is to get your name and face into a department. CDAFD has a wonderful ride a long program where you can see what the department does and get to know some of the men and women who provide those services.