Hi everybody, my name's John and I am really interested in becoming a federal firefighter. I'm 25 years old and have NO military experience. My qualifications are:
Bachelors in Sociology
Firefighter 1 Academy graduate
1 year EMT experience
I will work any where in the world. I'm single with nothing tieing me down. Does any one have any recommendations on which places seem to hire more frequently? Any tips/advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you
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04-09-2010, 06:56 AM #1
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04-09-2010, 08:52 AM #2
1. DoD (IFSAC/Pro-Board Equivalent) certifications in:
-Firefighter I, Firefighter II
-Fire Inspector I
-Hazardous Materials (Operations)
-EMT in whatever state you will be practicing.
(ARFF Basic Course if applying to a facility with an airfield)
Most DoD installations usually do not hire at the GS-05 level, they are usually looking for GS-07 level, which includes the above as well as:
-Fire Inspector II
-Fire Officer I
-Hazardous Materials (Technician Level)
The only way you could get hired without any certs would be to be hired as a GS-04/01 "Trainee", but these are hired even less than GS-05 FF's.
All certifications MUST BE IFSAC/NBPQ/DOD CERTIFICATIONS. THIS IS NOT NEGOTIABLE.
Please read through the rest of the threads here. I am more than sure your questions will be answered.
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04-15-2010, 12:47 PM #3
04-15-2010, 07:43 PM #4
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Johnny, get the certs, but above all else, know this. In the federal fire world it's all about who you know. You can have all the certs in the world, but if you don't drink coffee with the right people, your out of luck. Make some contacts and do like Phoenix Fire Department, and 'Be Nice'
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