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    I am currently going through the application process to become a Volunteer. I would like to become a career firefighter like a lot of people out there. I look at volunteering as a way to start learning about firefighting, gain experience, and become certified.

    If I am asked why I would like to become a Volunteer should I not say that I have aspirations of becoming a career firefighter? I know the town will invest a lot of money in my training so I don't want them to think its just a stepping stone and impact their decision negatively.

    Also as a volunteer, are you put through EMT-B certification or is this something that you do on your own?

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    Well obviously you want to be a firefighter, so just say what got you interested and things like that. How do you know you want be career if you are just starting?! Is this your first house?
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    Unfortunately there is not 1 answer to your question. Every volunteer department has their own requirements and expectations. Around here, EMT is a requirement within the 1st 2 years and the departments (actually MFRI) provide the training. Other areas might not be so fortunate.

    As for becoming a career firefighter, we kind of expect that a certain number are joining for that reason. We can't afford to turn away a enthusiastic potential member because they want to become a career firefighter, but some departments might. We do expect that the person would stay with our department even if they got hired on later. Becoming career does not necessarily mean you have to stop volunteering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eng34FF View Post
    Becoming career does not necessarily mean you have to stop volunteering.
    ...unless you join the union, of course...
    Chief Dwayne LeBlanc
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    "I have a dream. It's not a big dream, it's just a little dream. My dream and I hope you don't find this too crazy is that I would like the people of this community to feel that if, God forbid, there were a fire, calling the fire department would actually be a wise thing to do. You can't have people, if their houses are burning down, saying, 'Whatever you do, don't call the fire department!' That would be bad."
    C.D. Bales, "Roxanne"

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    Thanks for the feedback everyone, I appreciate the help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmleblanc View Post
    ...unless you join the union, of course...
    I didn't want to go down that path with this discussion.
    I figure there are enough threads that cover that.

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