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    Default Volunteering while trying to get hired

    Do departments allow you to volunteer at their stations while in the hiring process or should I just wait it out and just keep working out?
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    Volunteer, if nothing else it will let you know if you have what it takes to be a firefighter, OR if it is what you even want to do.
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    If you're asking if you can volunteer with the same department you want to work for one day, yes, we have a lot of people in this area that do that as a way of getting your foot in the door.
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    That is what I did - I started off as a volunteer with my department, and am now going full time at the end of the month. The last three people hired on were originally volunteers.

    I would think it would be encouraged to volunteer while in the process because that way they could get to know you better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 6Duron1 View Post
    Do departments allow you to volunteer at their stations while in the hiring process or should I just wait it out and just keep working out?
    Depends on the department. If you're talking a combination department, it's a possibility, but it depends entirely on how they bring in their volunteers. It can't hurt to try.

    A fully career department obviously doesn't have any volunteers, so you'll need to find another department to volunteer with.
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    Everyone of our career people have been a volunteer somewhere. About 90% have been volunteers for us. Over the years we have had several of our volunteers become paid elsewhere as well.

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