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Info on Firefighting

Discussion in 'Jobs & Careers' started by 07NavyTaco, Sep 13, 2010.

  1. Sep 13, 2010 at 6:55 PM
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    07NavyTaco

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    I'm currently in the Navy with approximately 7 months left on my contract. I want to look into becoming a firefighter. Any info would be great. What's required, what school, typical hours, what it's like??? Where do i start? I've seen a few firefighters on the forum and would like to know more about it. Thanks!!!!
     
  2. Sep 20, 2010 at 2:41 PM
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    Being in the Navy, you completed a FireFighting course in Basic Training.

    In most states, this is comparable to the State Fire Academy. You should contact the State Fire Academy in which you plan to become a FF at and they will give you the information you need.

    You will have to get at LEAST EMT-B. I would recommend getting you -P after that due to the very large pay increase that most Depts give.
     
  3. Sep 21, 2010 at 4:33 PM
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    thanks! i'll be looking into it. i was hoping my training in basic would be enough.
     
  4. Sep 21, 2010 at 4:43 PM
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    Yep Yep!

    I went through the same training in 2001 at Great Mistakes :)
     
  5. Sep 21, 2010 at 6:21 PM
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    Its a great job. Most F.D's are 24 on 48 off (you work 24hrs straight and have 48 off). Listen to blckout when he says you will want to at least get your EMT-B and eventually medic. There are some departments here that dont even hire basics. and the pay is a lot better.

    Best of luck to you!
     
  6. Sep 22, 2010 at 1:16 PM
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    soo would i get hired then go to school for EMT or get that 1st? where and how do I get EMT training?
     
  7. Sep 22, 2010 at 6:09 PM
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    Some departments will hire you green, and then send you to the academy and EMT school

    If you get your EMT first, you will have a GREATER chance of getting hired on!
     
  8. Sep 23, 2010 at 1:02 PM
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    ok, i can probably get EMT first.
     
  9. Sep 23, 2010 at 1:03 PM
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    if you do end up going to school, TEEX in college station texas was the best experience of my life. 3 months of amazing!

    teex.com for more info
     
  10. Sep 23, 2010 at 1:07 PM
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    Honestly best thing to probably do is wherever you are interested in working for, go to them direct and ask what the requirements are. If not, like they said, I would look into getting you EMT-B first. I've been full-time for a little over 2 years now but I work a Jo Blow Mon-Fri, 8-5 schedule but thats only because we are a smaller town.
     
  11. Sep 25, 2010 at 9:39 AM
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    that's what I was thinking, fireighter. once i decide where i want to go i'll just talk to them directly. i was just wondering what most departments do.
     
  12. Sep 25, 2010 at 9:54 AM
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    Goodluck!!! Hard field to get into!!!
     
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    How long have you been in the Navy for?? I was looking at becoming a FF when I get back from my deployment next June, but it seems like it's very hard right now to get a full time spot.
     
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    look into a cadet program with a bigger department. looks like you might be from chicago they would definately have something. Military experience is highly desired because the fire service is very much like the military in direction and rank. Find a station near where you live or department go talk to the captain or batallion chief set up some ride alongs. this is a great way to get your face out there and network. BRING FOOD TO THE RIDE ALONGS!!! Ice cream bagels coffee ect. We love that. Participate in station duties act as youre on the crew this will gain brownie points and prove you are here to work. and want a job wash the apperatus ect. Ride alongs ARE A JOB INTERVIEW, Get your FF-1. I saw above you may have the training contact your state firemarshall. EMT-B good luck getting hired. Paramedic is the way to go. Ive been in EMS for 8 years now and love every minute of my day. Ill never do anything else. Dont worry about the pay if youre here for the money you wont last. Its a fun job. My fiance tells people. Brian isnt at work He's out playing with his friends.

    and its true. good luck if you want anymore info just ask I have some great online tools for job searching specifice fire service search engines.

    Lastly be patient it wont happen over night!
     
  15. Sep 26, 2010 at 5:16 PM
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    It's a good job once you get hired somewhere. I know around here most departments will take a certified paramedic before a certified firefighter. It's a damn shame but it's true. I got hire fresh out of fire academy then was sent to a 3 week emt-b course at TEEX. I got back from my basic class on a Friday and was pushed in to a paramedic course on Monday. It was hell!!!!!!!!! I would strongly recommend getting your EMT (at the very least possibly go on to paramedic) before fire academy. But like I said it's a pretty good gig.
     
  16. Oct 11, 2010 at 3:50 PM
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    i've been in the navy for 3.5 yrs and plan on getting out at 4 yrs. i already have the training i would get at the firefighting academy, i'm looking into the EMT courses now. i'm hoping with military, firefighting training, and getting my EMT-B getting hired will be a little quicker. looks like i'm going to the fayatteville, NC area.
     
  17. Dec 15, 2010 at 6:06 PM
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    best job in the world FDNY do what ever it takes
     
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