Question Regarding Volly->Career.
This may be in the wrong forum, if so, all apologies please move to correct forum.
Now, I'm currently a Volunteer FF with my local Ladder Company. Through the short years I've been on the department, I have grown to love what we do, accidents, public service calls, every thing about it, not just the fire's we sit around at the station waiting for. With this I've changed my career path from Electronics Engineering, to trying to obtain a Paid FF job. Now from what I'm reading, and have been told, I've enrolled in a local college to obtain my Fire Science Degree, as well as my Paramedic (3 years of school in total). Now for all you already career firefighters, especially the new ones, Am I on the right path? I do not want to be a career paramedic, but I've read that the paramedic is slowly being required in some paid departments.
Now I'm out of North Eastern PA, most fire company's locally are volly, although a few are paid. These paid departments, sadly... Have been under attack by council and their cities trying to lay off more and more firefighters, there for, I have no problem going out of state for a job. which broadens my chances a little.
Now I know theres been a million threads on this, but I needed something a little more personalized given my situation and what I'm doing to get a job in the Fire Service. What do you guys think about what I'm doing, and how I'm setting myself up for a job? I'd rather you guys tell me straight up that what I'm doing isn't going to help me at all, then not know and find out later after thousands of dollars of schooling gone to waste because I didn't need it.
Thanks all! Much appreciated!