Although many training programs vary, most applicants attend around 600 hours of fire academy training and 200 hours of EMT training to become a firefighter; this means it takes roughly four years to become a firefighter. Many applicants go into firefighting training with two- or four-year degrees already in-hand, which adds more time to the training length.
Training time depends on the competitiveness of the fire service industry where the applicant applies. If the competition is low, it may drastically decrease the amount of time it takes to get hired by a particular firehouse. Those applying in an area where competition is fierce need to undergo further training to set themselves apart from the rest of the applicants.