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    Hey all my name is Alex I am a volunteer at a small department in Oklahoma. Here is the deal I am 18 and looking towards becoming a full time firefighter I have been on my department for less then 3 months and already have more training hours then a large portion of my department, I do not have my EMT-B yet but I am starting college in January at a local community college while having been enrolled in an online college for about 6 months now. I am willing to go anywhere in the US to do so I am looking but if anyone has tips or knows somewhere I am open to suggestions. Thanks for all advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by larsen2430 View Post
    I am willing to go anywhere in the US to do so I am looking but if anyone has tips or knows somewhere I am open to suggestions. Thanks for all advice.
    1. The "search" function is your friend. There are literally 10 questions like yours posted per week. Take advantage of answers that others have been given.

    2. Your question is a loaded one. Hiring requirements greatly differ across the United States. What might be mandated in California may not even be a requirement in Pennsylvania.....Some major cities require absolutely no training whatsoever, preferring to put you through their training programs, while others want you to be fully trained at the time of hiring. I suggest that you narrow down where you want to work, and find out what they require.

    3. And lastly, I cannot say this enough- Competition for all firefighting jobs is fierce. You will need every edge that you can get. Most municipalities are required by Federal and or State Law to offer extra "Veterans Points" to candidates who have been honorably discharged from any branch of the US Military. These points are added onto your written or overall exam score for your placement on the Civil Service Hiring List. Therefore, I cannot stress enough that you consider enlisting (active duty) in the Armed Forces.
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    FWDbuff couldn't have said it better. When I was your age (5yrs ago) I wanted the job so bad, but the competition is so firece out there. Thats why I joined the army a year out of high school, and here I am 5 years later, I'll be done with the army in July 2011. Join. I did for that very reason, to get a leg up. I joined as field artillery, have done nothing but infantry work and love it. I have been deployed, and now im getting out and can't wait to become a firefighter. While your in you'll meet some people you'll never forget and have some fun, don't worry though there will be the crappy times too... like 2, 25 mile ruck marches, they weren't fun, however at the end of them you can smile and say, I did it. lol so take up the challenge join for even a couple years get your honorable discharge and get out and become a firefighter. oh and you can go to college while your in too, that what I am doing, just about done with my fire science degree, one more semester and i'll be taking my emt basic as well..... butttt if thats not your route... then here are 2 departments hiring right now.... Austin, TX whos application process ends tom (dec 12) and Charlotte whos ends on December 17th. hope this helps.
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    and seattle, closes jan. 7

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    Dave and john i knew about Austin and Seattle I will tell you know I considered both and I would love to go to Seattle but they require EMT-B in their state I don't have that. and Austin I decided i would hold off of because after seeing the number of people that passed the test in San Antonino I was like know way. Now for a few more details I left out since you brought up military I was enlisting in the air force had most the paper work filled out and went through the physical and at that time I had an I guess you can call it a REALLY bad ear infection that slightly messed up my hearing at the time they disqualified me and said if I go to a doctor and get that fixed I could come back and join I just never went back, now on to the other part I am married I got married 10 days before my 17th birthday after I went to the doctor to get my ear fixed she had changed her mind and didn't want me to go.but thanks for the tips and I think I will apply for Austin anyway thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveKiefer View Post
    I joined the army.. to get a leg up.
    That is exactly what I am doing and I highly recommend enlisting active duty in any branch of the military if you want a career as a full time firefighter. I tested with my dream full time department this past year when I was only 17 and a Senior in High School. I scored in the top 25%, which is good but unfortunately not good enough to get hired. So I am enlisting in the Army as a 68W - Healthcare Specialist (Combat Medic) for 4 years active duty, getting my NREMT-Paramedic while I'm in and plan on testing with the same department once again when I am discharged. With my Medic, Vet points and Residency points I hope to be will be hired this time around! Back on topic, larsen2430, I along with others above highly recommend enlisting active duty in the military.

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveKiefer View Post
    oh and you can go to college while your in too, that what I am doing.
    Question for ya DaveKeifer, as I mentioned above I want to get my NREMT-Paramedic while I am enlisted so I am fully certified by the time I am discharged. I was told the only way to do this was go to a local community college near your base on your off time. Is this any other way to get my Medic? Also, does the Army work with you and your schedule to allow you to complete Medic school? Any info helps.

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    Thanks for all the advice and I would go active duty but I got married before I graduated dropped out got my GED and I am now in college but I don't have all the credits required in order to join active duty yet so If I joined the guard and was a current guard member would that count towards vet points or does it have to be active duty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by larsen2430 View Post
    Thanks for all the advice and I would go active duty but I got married before I graduated dropped out got my GED and I am now in college but I don't have all the credits required in order to join active duty yet so If I joined the guard and was a current guard member would that count towards vet points or does it have to be active duty.
    So what if you're married? I was a career firefighter for 7 years, had a wife, and had two daughters before I joined the Marine Corps at 29 years old. What's stopping you? Have you talked to your wife about it man? If not, talk to her, she may be more receptive than you think. Not everyone in the military is combat arms. But, that doesn't mean you won't ever have to pick up a rifle and do some shooting either. All you have to do is talk to her about it, you might be surprised at how receptive she is of it, especially after a recruiter explains all of the family benefits to her.

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    I would defiantly encourage enlisting in any branch. You will learn a lot that will benefit you in the future and you will have a lot more to fall back upon in the interview process. I was in the Air Force and separated in December 2009. I have since tested and recently landed in the V band for LA county. Without the service my interview would have been bland and of course the veteran points would not have been available.

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