Hello all, my name is Larry. I've been lurking here for the last few months trying to get some info. I've always wanted to be a firefighter and am now at a stable point in my life where I can pursue it. I'm hoping to start my EMT-B training at the local community college this fall and here is where I'm getting confused. I'm lucky that my wife has law enforcement and firefighters in her family and friends, and I work with a retired fire chief. I'm getting a lot of mixed information. I've got firefighters telling me that I should get my EMT-B, go to Paramedic school, then start applying, some are saying just get my EMT-B then start applying, some saying get my EMT-B and work an ambulance for a couple years then start applying.

I've been told my some that Fort Worth itself only requires EMT-B and that all the surrounding suburbs require EMT-B and Paramedic.

I am very confused right now, I'm going to do this no matter what, just trying to figure out the best path to take.

Thank you to all that reply.