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Dream job series: The realities of becoming a fireman in today's job market




A fireman at work in Valencia, Spain.
A fireman at work in Valencia, Spain.
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Children and their dream jobs - when the world is simple, so are your career goals. But in the real world, things are not so dreamy. For the past few years, it's been hard to get any job, let alone pursue your childhood fantasy.

Over the next few weeks, we'll be focusing on a variety of dream jobs and profiling some of the people trying to get them.

Our first story is a favorite career choice for many kids — becoming a fireman. It's a tough job. And before you can even apply, you've got to jump through a lot of hoops. Literally.

Reporter Jed Kim went to meet some people just starting the process.