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I will tell you a little bit about myself following some questions that I have trying to get my ducks in a row. I live in Tampa, FL and I am currently undergoing the process of becoming a Firefighter. I am 23 years old and attending college part time, as I have a full time job. I am currently working on my EMT, soon to graduate from that on to Paramedic, then to the Firefighting academy.
I am a true outdoors man, I spend 90% of my time outdoors and on the ocean doing special activites. I am an avid fisherman, I freediving spearfish, bowhunt. I am also athletic and spend a lot of my time in the gym or on the the racquet ball courts. I am constantly improving my cardio with high endurance and long distance runs. Not that any of this really pertains to firefighting other than the background of myself.
Where I want to be: After I graduate the Fire Academy, I will most likely be moving to South Florida. My main career goal is to be on a Search and Rescue Dive Team, or a Fire Boat down in S. Florida. Some questions that I have is, how do I find out what cities/departments have a Dive team/Fire Rescue boat? Also, I am currently Scuba certified for open water. I have scheduled myself for advanced Scuba courses starting in two weeks. I plan on eventually becoming a Dive Master with all the bells and whistles. However, will this have any effect on my resume' or hiring process? The ocean is what I grew up on, the ocean is what I spend most of my time on, and the ocean is what I want to be involved with for the rest of my life. Any information regarding the Fire boats or Search and Rescue dive teams would be greatly appreciated. I have tried doing research, made phone calls, and have come up short thus far. I am hoping this forum can help lead me on my journey to success.
The reason I came to the forums is so that I could ask everyday people like myself of their opinions/advice/experience, rather than speaking with a secretary or departments waiting for phone calls back, etc. I hope that I have came to the right place.
If you prefer to contact me via e-mail, please feel free: Jeremy_2792@yahoo.com.
With safe greetings,