Hello all, Im 30 yrs old, my name is Rod and Im currently a full time Dad, Father of 2 beautiful baby girls, College Grad "Tech School", newly registered EMT-"B", full time employee at a local Bank and aspiring to be a Firefighter/Paramedic. My passions are riding dirtbikes (ktm 450 xc #723v D36), love hunting, baseball, football, fishing, golf and spending time with the family. I know it will be a long road to becoming a Fireman as I enter into my academy late Jan of 2009, its a 6 month academy plus a lot of volunteer time. I have many friends here in California that are in the Fire Service, I know it takes a lot of hard work and dedication, not only before hand but after securing a position as well. Im ready. It took me a long time to fully "grow up" and realize that theres more to life than working a 9 - 5 and crunching numbers all day, so Im making the move. There seems to be a wealth of information here and I look forward to meeting and taking advice from you all!