Is Your Brain More Firefighter or Police Officer?

By: Monica Lee
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About This Quiz

Lawyer, accountant, marketing executive... unlike most careers, if you're in law enforcement and fire protection being good at your job can mean life and death for you or someone else. That's why you need to know if your brain is geared for a high-stress job before you commit. Sure, you may be able to pass the physical and medical exams, you may even ace the technical skills test, but when it comes down to job performance, you simply need to have what it takes.

For instance, to be a firefighter or police officer you need to take a psychological evaluation that covers the core values, priorities, underlying attitudes and behaviors upon which real-world performance lies. Besides this evaluation, you'll have an interview with questions regarding impulse control, bias, attitudes towards sexuality and other personal beliefs. Both firefighters and police officers must be able to demonstrate ethical and professional responsibility, relationship building, critical thinking and compassion, just for starters. 

Now that you know a little about what you're getting into, it's time to take this quiz and learn more about yourself and these careers. Yes, the hero business is a serious business. Find out if you fit the mold or break it with this revealing quiz.


You are walking down the street, and someone calls you a derogatory word, what happens next?

When you see victims of crime, how do you feel?

How are you at handling money?

How do you feel in a big crowd?

What is an important quality you want in your partner?

If you were to volunteer, where would work?

What makes you tick?

How do you spend your time?

What qualities of yours do you categorize as an achievement?

What trait do you admire in your father?

What are you proud of?

What kinds of things do post on social media?

At some point in your life, you've probably done something you're not proud of. How do you handle talking about that?

What do you admire most in people?

Someone walks by from your neighborhood that you haven't met, what do you do?

Let's be real. What are some of the downsides of being a police officer or fire fighter?

How important is a sense of humor?

You see a good friend of yours reach into an unguarded purse and take the wallet. What do you do?

Which of these traits do you think a police officer should have?

Which of these traits do you think a firefighter should have?

You're in a store and you can see tempers rising between two customers who want the same thing. What do you do?

There is someone walking around the neighborhood disoriented. What should you do?

What trait do you admire most in your mother?

Someone just grabbed his chest and collapsed on the ground, what do you do?

What trait drives you crazy in other people?

Do you prefer the company of others?

Someone just grabbed a guy's wallet and ran right by you. What did you do?

Which of these quotes sounds like you?

Which of these sounds like the most fun?

Which of these do you worry about most?

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