Thread: Experience??

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    I'm just wondering...what would you guys/girls here do to gain more experience on the fire ground/accident scene.

    1 of my goals is to be an instructor weather it be for a school teaching fire science or teaching recruits/new volunteers.

    I was seriously considering commuting down to metro DC (i.e. PG county or St Marys for example) for a few years because where I am I simply can not/ will not see the call volume that they do down there. I also feel that doing the job in 2 different places, 2 different ways different tactics, different and new ideas that I could impress upon my students, or my fellow firefighters. I really don't think that any amount of training can make up for real world experience. There isn't the adrenaline of not knowing, there isn't changing conditions, there isn't fatigue,no ones life is on the line, and I don't want to be the guy with 1000 certs, and who has only been on the hose line 10 times in 10 years because I come from a low call volume area.

    The only downfall to this obviously is the cost financially, and the strain on my relationship. It would be a 200-250 mile commute for me the once or twice a month that I would go down there, but the benefit is that I'd probably run more calls in the 3 or 4 days a month down there then I would in a month up here.

    I emailed a department down that way, looking to do a ride along..just to see how it goes, but the bottom line is, at what point does the desire to be better at what you, the best that you can be become too much? what $$ amount do you guys place on training/real world experiences?

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    Why don't you try and get hired by the DCFD or PGFD.

    Then move in the region....
    Stay Safe and Well Out There....

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