I am currently in the Marines and am trying to decide which path to take with my life. I want to become a firefighter. That much i do know. I am not sure what my best option is though. I have put in a package to stay in the Marines but move to the MOS of Aircraft firefighting and rescue specialist. I am not sure if this is a good option if i dont plan on retiring from the Marines or if I should get out and look for a firefighting job in the civilian world? I am trying to take the EMT course when i get back from Afghanistan, and have completed the FEMA Emergancy Managment Institue classes on NIMMS and ICS.(dont know if that will be helpful) I am just wondering if i would be better off getting the experiance from the Marines or if i should just try to get a firefighting job some where else? Any info would be great since i dont have a lot of time before i have to choose. Thanks
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09-29-2009, 03:10 PM #1
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09-29-2009, 07:09 PM #2
First- You need to decide where you want to live and work. The requirements are different with every state and fire department. What does for Dallas is differnt in New York, Nevada and Kansas.
Second- Remember that not a lot of FDs are testing right now, the economy is down along with the jobs. There are a lot of PD and Sheriff openings right now if you want to have a Plan B.
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09-29-2009, 08:28 PM #3
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I agree on the fact that not alot of FD's are doing much hiring. In fact, it's the oppisite.
I would do the switch to the new MOS and do anything you can while your still in the service that will benifit you in your career path once you get out. Do the EMT course and anything and everything you can and with any luck, the Marines will pay for. When you do get out, aside from the HUGE impact your veteran status will have on your application, having an EMT cert and a militay background in firefighting and rescue will be like fireworks on an application and in your interview. So long as you score high on your tests both written and physical, i cannot imagine you not shooting to the top of a hiring list with a background like you could have.
But as has been said, where you want to work will play a roll in what you need. But even if you applied for a department that did not require (for example) an EMT cert, they are certainly not going to have any issue with it.
Good luck and thank you for your service.
09-30-2009, 04:48 AM #4
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How long do you have left in the Marine Corps? I'm currently facing a similiar situation. I've got two years left on my current enlistment and considering leaving the Air Force to pursue a job as a civilian firefighter. It's definitely a lofty decision! The military is always recession proof and definitely offers security... Despite this I still can't shake the idea of becoming a career firefighter.
Any reason in particular you'd like to shoot for a civilian job as opposed to sticking with the Corps?
09-30-2009, 02:02 PM #5
A warning on reenlisting for 7051-it is not going to give you the right kind of firefighting experience to make you valuable for anything other than a DoD FD or an airport. Marine 7051s cover only the airfield and rare mutual aid to neighboring communities. Many get the opportunity to become EMTs but don't use it much. If you choose to go this route, I would suggest looking off-base to join local volunteer FDs/EMS units to gain real municipal emergency experience.
Military FF experience is rarely worth more than veteran's points on the test. Most municipal FDs have a hiring process that can take years, and very few are hiring in this economy. Those that are hiring can pick from dozens to hundreds of laid off FFs from other depts. The Corps may be your best bet right now-4 years from now there may be more demand.
If you want to learn more about the MOS, either drop in on one of the ARFF crews or search under the Federal & Military Firefighter Forum. Many of us have written advice there on this subject.
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