Trying to become career FF. Have joined VFD loving it. About to start an EMT B class through VFD so will get that out of the way. When that finishes will go to one week fire school at Texas A&M in early spring. Questions?
1) What is the best way to get started?
A) find civil service exams? If so how?
B) Get certs/academy before applying? Have you seen better success
from having these before applying? I know some bigger cities send you
through their academy no matter what.
C) Both what ever happens first?
what state are you in??
what does your state/ or cities require to get hired??
meet the requirements and start applying
how do you find openings??/ city web sites, state web sites, fire academies
find out the process for your area and ge going
Live in texas. Process unsure? From what I can tell you find and show up to take civil service exam. Some require basics other require FF cert, emt b or paramedic. I just was wondering what you found most successful? Would it look better/ would you have better chances of getting hired with certs?
In texas most cities want you to be texas firefighter certified , and some want either emt or paramedic.
there are a few cities that will hire you off the street dallas, fort worth, houston, arlington but you are competeing against a lot more people then departments that require the certification
check this web site weekly, and you can see the requriements for different cities:::
go for certification
there is a online one, but you do a week of practicals at thier facility::