Aspiring Firefighter Questions on Chosing a Dept
My name's Rob and this is my first post. This is a good looking board you guys have here!
I am seriously considering becoming a firefighter in NJ, my home state. My question to you guys is what would be the best way to compare different divisions to start applying to?
My home town's division is volunteer only so I have to look elsewhere for employment. What would be the best way to compare the culture, hours, pension plans, etc of different divisions. It's a big decision and I want to get all the facts, as specific as possible.
Thanks in advance for your help!
Think about other places than Jersey
Really think about broadening your choices. I lived in north Jersey and volunteered there since I was 16. Got my EMT-B as well and all that jazz. Took the civil service test twice (2nd time i actually tried and got an address in west ny for north hudson). I can 2nd all of deaconn's advice about veteran status and again its very picky about what you actually do/have done to get those points. When I took it in 2004(i think 2004 it was a long time ago) i believe, they gave you some points for volunteer experience but it was very minimal. NJ does not do oral boards. its a NJ DOP physical agility test, a ERGOmetric test, etc. The departments that do the chiefs test: maplewood, englewood,etc are all really who you know. The recent hires I have gotten to know are ones that already work in the town or DPW. I suggest out of state especially the DC, MD, VA area. Most are non residency and don't have pension/layoff issues like NJ.
Again like many have said. Worry about the salary after you land the job. You have thousands applying for a handful of positions.