Don't have it. It's not offered often in the Philadelphia area.
The basic fire cents are ff1 &ff2, hazmat awareness &ops. They have to be proboard, DOD, or ifsac..state certifications do not count for anything.....
With this said, that's the minimum, to increase your chances you need driver operator, ARFF, and ARFF driver operator, and mobile water supply.
Most of the contracts are only ARFF missions, therefore without ARFF, you won't be considered at all. These contracts also ask for the driver operator.
When you apply online for the fire fighter spots, you have about 1-2 weeks, if you hear nothing back in this time span, keep looking for other openings. They post the openings on the company websites when they become available, usually it's for each individual spot. So apply for every fire fighter job listed, not just one.
It's more like luck of the draw... You keep applying hoping the recruiter pulls your resume looks at it and emails you. Understand this... Just having your resume on the website will not help you...you have to keep applying as soon as the opening is posted. So visit the sites everyday and apply for the job as soon as it is listed.
The other way is to backdoor the position. If you know someone who is working for the contract you want, have them forward your resume to the chief and hope he sends it to the recruiter to hire. I have had jobs this way... But I also have every cert up to my 3's..so my resume meets and exceeds most listed positions.
The chief wants to hire multi talented ff's... So the more certs you have the better you look on paper...and I am talking the basic certs, driver op, ARFF, ARFF d/o... The 1's, 2's, 3's only matter when you are up for crew chief or asst chief.
Hate to be the bad guy here but if I never "wasted" my time I never would have been offered the positions I turned-down, accepted or currently on.
If you waste your time, you will find all the info you need on this forum including web sites.
Please, do not waste your time. Hate to see you find a job.
I'm trying to see if my quals are acceptable for employment overseas. I'm not going to apply for jobs that I have no chance in h*ll getting, cause my certs aren't the ones needed. Also I have a family to take care of and somewhat of a job. So I don't have all the time in the world to be playing roulette with jobs. Im just trying to find creditable leads for jobs that I qualify for. I'm a veteran of OIF and served my time. Family is a priority and supporting them. If all you guys want to do is bash on someone for trying to get some help, then your not in the right line of work and you need to go back to high school where you belong.
Suggest you look around your state and adjoining states to see who is testing most and test. If your family is able and willing to move
If you read other posts, alot of oversea's guys discourage people trying to do contract, if they have a chance to get a city job
Get your paramedic and come to Texas
Thank you for your service.
However, you said you did not want to waste your time but why should we waste our time helping you? If you have time to be on here you could easily search. So it is not bashing you, merely pointing out the fact that you did not wish to waste your time so I am not going to waste my time helping someone who does not want to try!
An ITT recruiter told me I had to have PRO-BOARD, IFSAC, OR DOD of the following certs at a minimum to be considered, Fire II, ARFF, Driver/Pump Operator, Mobile water supply, ARFF Driver/Operator, HAZMAT Ops.
I dont remember him mentioning anything about EMS training.
I've started posting open jobs on my website for those looking for overseas jobs. I will update this list every MOnday and list more as I do more research. I am currently in Afghanistan, but I started in Iraq back in 08.
I will be sure to post some pictures of fire apparatus soon. Thanks for checking out the site and for your feedback.
As of March 2012 Raytheon Polar Services is no longer doing the hiring for firefighters. Check out http://www.paegroup.com/career-search There are several listings for firefighters at both the South Pole Station and McMurdo.
Required: IFSCA , Pro-Board/DoD, or State Certified Firefighter II; Airport Fire Fighter; Hazardous Materials First Responder: Operations; and EMT-B required. National Incident Management System (NIMS): ICS 100 and 200 are required. Valid state driverís license is required
Three years previous full time firefighting experience is required; two years volunteer experience or paid on-call time equals one year full time experience.
http://www.mfri.org/cgi-bin/programd...CID=18424&SC=1 I know it is not in the Philadelphia area, but it is not that far to travel for the class.