Graduated High School.
Joined the Township volunteer department 2 weeks after i turned 18.
Got my Volunteer Firefighter card.
Ran with that for a year, developed a love for EMS.
Got my EMT-Basic card.
Ran with that for a year and decided i needed to learn more about the fire service.
Went and got my Firefighter II card.
Ran with that for a year until i turned 21, then got a job with a local Private Ambulance company (They require you to be 21 because of insurance reasons).
I have been doing that for 6 months now and recently enrolled in Paramedic school, which starts in January. Also, my company also requires you to get MICU certification, which i will get upon completion of medic school.
So far i have,
3.5 years experience
Firefighter II card.
Ice Rescue Tech certification.
HazMat Operations certification.
Swift Water awareness certification.
Nims 100 and 700.
Am i going about thing the right way (for a full time fire job)?
What other classes or recommendations do you guys have for me?
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Thread: Grade my Career so far...
11-15-2011, 06:52 PM #1
Grade my Career so far...
11-16-2011, 08:29 AM #2
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Start testing if you have the minimum for your area/state to apply
11-16-2011, 09:46 AM #3
Aren't you the one that posted a while ago asking about how to change your department from "old school" to "new school"?
And this is your "worldly fire experience"?
Grade your "career"? Congrats, your a basic FF with just barely over the minimum standards.
This is one of those threads that you should ask to have deleted."This thread is being closed as it is off-topic and not related to the fire industry." - Isn't that what the Off Duty forum was for?
11-16-2011, 10:13 AM #4I am now a past chief and the views, opinions, and comments are mine and mine alone. I do not speak for any department or in any official capacity. Although, they would be smart to listen to me.
"The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list."
"When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water."
11-16-2011, 11:05 AM #5Stay Safe and Well Out There....
Always remembering 9-11-2001 and 343+ Brothers
11-16-2011, 11:51 AM #6
11-16-2011, 11:53 AM #7
11-16-2011, 11:56 AM #8
From my research, most departments around here (besides Cleveland/Columbus) require you to have a Paramedic card to test.
To the rest of you, if you could read English, it clearly says in my OP that i saw a need to improve my fire education (if you would like me to divulge every detail as to why, go ahead and ask). Sorry im not a great as the rest of you
11-16-2011, 04:13 PM #9
I think your on the right path. After your medic (which allot of company's require anymore) I would pursue a degree in some sort of emergency service related area. Such as Emergency Service Management, or Fire Science. Theres a ton of different things out there you can get. Also start testing. Testing and completing interviews is one of the best ways to actually push into the job market. This stuff takes time and you won't get it right the first time.Firefighter 1/ PA EMT-B
11-16-2011, 04:39 PM #10
01-08-2012, 04:08 PM #11
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- Dec 2009
Before a career path can be evaluated, your endgoal must be known. For example, are you attempting to get training and experience to help with landing a job at a large, medium, or small sized city? Are you wanting to remain in the Ohio region or will you be looking for fire jobs in other parts of the country? The requirements may be significantly different and the track you want to blaze may take you down a different track.
The FF II doesn't really mean much. This level means you can lead a team of firefighters, whereas the FF I means you can act as part of a fire team. I've been a volunteer firefighter for 25 years and paid guy for fifteen. For volunteers, I start looking at a member as becoming experienced at the three to five year mark, depending upon call volume and how quickly minimum response standards are met. And by experienced, I mean basic levels. Although some volunteer departments have high call volumes, the vast majority do not. Irregardless, if you get a job as a paid guy, you'll quickly understand why there's significant differences in the way each side views the other.
In my part of the country, not matter how much training and experience you have, if you enter a department at the entry level, YOU WILL GO BACK THROUGH RECRUIT SCHOOL. Period. Spend your time working on your EMS qualifications and skills.
01-08-2012, 06:22 PM #12
Let me give you this hint; If you need to post your certs on the internet for people to "grade", then you are not quite burning down the world yet.
Other word of advice. With so little in qualifications, I would tend to keep my trap shut, listen more than speak, and not lock horns with people who (most likely) have done more than you.
Why are you not asking the people you work with? Not only could your training officer understand the schooling you have, but could also suggest what to do next based on either your own needs or the needs of your community.~Drew
USAR TF Rescue Specialist
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