A.S. in Fire Science or EMS?
I am in a pretty good spot and could use some advice. I am 38 years old and decided to go after my dream of becoming a Firefighter. In the past 2 years, I have obtained my EMT-B, FL Firefighter I & II certification, and Proboard certification. I just started with our local F.D. as a volunteer to get some experience under my belt.
I decided to go back to school and start on my A.S. degree, I went straight into the workforce after high school. I currently have a few semesters of college under my belt and have a choice to make. I'm looking to work on either my A.S. in Fire Science or A.S. in EMS.
I'm not sure which way to go at this point. I enjoy both the fire side and medical side. I know either will look good on a resume and will help me grow in the future. I can incorperate Paramedic into the EMS degree down the road. I plan to do Paramedic either way, but want to work on my degree first.
Right now I'm leaning towards the A.S. in Fire Science, as it would more directly relate to the job starting out. The majority of the depts around here are on hiring freezes, but they expect to start hiring again in the next year or two. My goal is to be on the job somewhere by the time I am 40, that way I can put in 20 to 25 years. I have no problem moving and have been looking other places, even out of state. I just want some suggestons as to what will make me more marketable and also help with potential growth down the road. I will appreciate any opinions and feedback. Thanks in advance.