Questions For West Coast Area
I'm new here and it seems this is the place to be when it comes to firefighting discussion. I've read a lot of posts and got a lot of information.
I know job openings around here are extremely fierce. I'm in Northern AZ right now currently working on all the fire science certs to get hired.... I'm 21and have emt-b, haz mat, cpat, and I'm in the academy for I & II. I'm also a volunteer at a station up here, but even in the small area I'm at competition for being just a volunteer was slightly hard.
I'd like to know what are the chances of me getting a full time position in lets say tempe? or another city around here( not just in AZ, other states on the west coast too). Should I continue to pursue medical to get my Medic? or should I become an engineer, I know it's a lot about what you like to do but it seems there are a lot of FF/medics now and maybe becoming an engineer would be better? I know it will be years before the fire service is steady again but until then is it still the best route to take for a job? & even if I do get a full-time job how long do you think it will take to get one from now?
Don't Get me wrong I would love to make Firefighting my career and I have a strong passion for it but I'm not sure the economy agrees with me :(. I would move to a lot of states around the west coast for a job (so I'm not just stuck in AZ) but I don't have a lot of info on other states other than AZ. So if anyone has some answers for the areas you are stationed at it would be cool :cool: if you could give me some advice, anything helps!
P.S. sorry if this is in the wrong thread area, don't know where else to post it lol