Wanting to be a firefighter... and deaf also.
I currently live in Provo, Utah and am basically ready for a career change.
Some background about myself: I'm severely to profoundly deaf, wear one or two hearing aids depending on situation, but can communicate quite well with hearing people (I have appeared on some radio shows and used ham radio in the past).
My dad has had a powerful influence on me, how powerful I didn't realize until much later when he lay in ICU recovering from a motorcycle accident and I went to visit him. I came to the thought, I can't honor him by joining the military because they don't like deaf people in the military... So why not join the ranks of the fire department? He is a retired fire department chief of a volly FD in a little town in southern IL, and he taught me some stuff, mostly without realizing it, when he gave me his EMT training book.
What helps is that I have a deaf friend in IL who is a firefighter for a volly FD and so I'm not quite going in blindly but rather at this point doing research on joining. I can ask him questions and in fact am waiting to hear back from him.
I know there's an application process and a physical test but am not sure if there is a mechanical aptitude test also. Also I am not sure about if they will train on-the-job (paid FD) or if I have to pre-train before I join, for the firefighter portion. I am aware that I must already have an EMT or paramedic certificate or be in the process of getting one.
I am ready to tell them I am wiling to stick with exterior attack and MVA and medical because I know some departments are a little leery of deaf ff's doing interior rescue or attack work. But never know, I might be able to do those too depending on teamwork and technology to help out in those regards.
Have been going to the local library trying to find info and they have not really been much help so I might be going to the big library in Salt Lake City to get that info.
Guess that's all for now...