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    Wondering if any members of 33 or anyone that knows how their recruitment process works?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LAD20DER View Post
    Wondering if any members of 33 or anyone that knows how their recruitment process works?


    Are you an expierence firefighter? Are you on a paid department somewhere in the area of them?

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    I am actually from out of state.. Just inquiring on what their recruitment prcoess is all about and how they take on new FF's...

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    Quote Originally Posted by LAD20DER View Post
    I am actually from out of state.. Just inquiring on what their recruitment prcoess is all about and how they take on new FF's...

    Recruitment and New Volunteer Applications are handled at the County Level by the Prince Georges County Fire Commission. It will take you a couple of months to get thru the Application, Physical, Background Check, and get a set of Gear and attend the Volunteer Recruit School. VRS is an "orientation" type of thing, and it does not replace any Training that is required to ride in the County. Since you're asking on here, I would think you have some training already. PG County accepts National Pro Board Certificates unless the issuing State has an unusual problem. Starting at the time you join, you have a Certain Time Frame (Currently 30 Months) to acquire all of the training needed to be an active Volunteer in the County, including Firefighter I and EMT-B. If you have an EMT card from your State, you can test for Md. EMT. Now, What I've listed is the County Requirements. Each Volunteer Organization in the County may have additional requirements of their own, but they can't shortcut the County.


    A bit of advice from someone who has fought Fire in Prince Georges County for 54 years. Never, Ever, come here with the idea that you have "experience" or that you're better than someone else. You'll have to start on the bottom, like all of us did, back in our early days. Most of all, We decide who our Members will be, based on their abilities. Not all make it............

    I really don't want to sound harsh, but I've seen a lot of folks come here from all over the Country, stay a while, then head back home. They're disappointed, some bitter, because the "Dream" world that some think we have here turned out to be a lot of hard work and tough choices.........
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    Quote Originally Posted by LAD20DER View Post
    I am actually from out of state.. Just inquiring on what their recruitment prcoess is all about and how they take on new FF's...

    Hey, what are the odds that you are from a certain fire dept in Northeast Pa..near a school that has a "view" of the "valley"?? with lots of cougars? Or are you from another ladder company whose station designator is also 20? sorry if I'm mistaken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods View Post

    A bit of advice from someone who has fought Fire in Prince Georges County for 54 years. Never, Ever, come here with the idea that you have "experience" or that you're better than someone else. You'll have to start on the bottom, like all of us did, back in our early days. Most of all, We decide who our Members will be, based on their abilities. Not all make it............

    I really don't want to sound harsh, but I've seen a lot of folks come here from all over the Country, stay a while, then head back home. They're disappointed, some bitter, because the "Dream" world that some think we have here turned out to be a lot of hard work and tough choices.........

    Very sound advice from a wise old owl!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods View Post
    A bit of advice from someone who has fought Fire in Prince Georges County for 54 years. Never, Ever, come here with the idea that you have "experience" or that you're better than someone else. You'll have to start on the bottom, like all of us did, back in our early days. Most of all, We decide who our Members will be, based on their abilities. Not all make it............

    I really don't want to sound harsh, but I've seen a lot of folks come here from all over the Country, stay a while, then head back home. They're disappointed, some bitter, because the "Dream" world that some think we have here turned out to be a lot of hard work and tough choices.........
    Another bit of advice. I don't have anything against Kentland, I've never worked with them, but keep in mind that there are a lot of other departments in PG county. I'll venture to guess that every one has it's own "personality". Depending on your interests and personality, there may be other departments that are a better fit and will make your chances of succeeding much better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods View Post
    ... that you're better than someone else...
    wait, isn't that Kentlands motto?
    "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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods View Post
    A bit of advice from someone who has fought Fire in Prince Georges County for 54 years. Never, Ever, come here with the idea that you have "experience" or that you're better than someone else. You'll have to start on the bottom, like all of us did, back in our early days. Most of all, We decide who our Members will be, based on their abilities. Not all make it............

    I really don't want to sound harsh, but I've seen a lot of folks come here from all over the Country, stay a while, then head back home. They're disappointed, some bitter, because the "Dream" world that some think we have here turned out to be a lot of hard work and tough choices.........
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    Hwoods - I appreciate your time on that post..Good insight for an "outsider".. Seems a lot of guys from out of state make the journey down to PG county.. Any houses there allow members from out of state to still be a member as long as they meet hours requirements, training etc...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LAD20DER View Post
    Hwoods - I appreciate your time on that post..Good insight for an "outsider".. Seems a lot of guys from out of state make the journey down to PG county.. Any houses there allow members from out of state to still be a member as long as they meet hours requirements, training etc...?

    I forgot to mention that we're a few miles northeast of Kentland and run with them in some areas.... To answer you question, Yes. Each VFD has it's own requirements as to time you put in each month, etc. Minimum Training requirements are set by the County, but an individual VFD may require more, such as Rescue Tech to ride the Squad, or Aerial Ops to ride a Truck/Tower. As far as living somewhere else and "Commuting" to Volunteer, I know of a number of folks who live elsewhere but spend a weekend or two each month at a VFD here. At Glenn Dale, We have members living in six other States, with one member from Rhode Island. My suggestion is go to Prince George's County Volunteer Fire & Rescue Association which is the website for the County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association. They have links to all the Stations, so you can check out each one........

    Last, and this is a major point - All Rescue and EMS functions are handled within the Fire Department, and EMT Certification is required. Quite often people from out of State are suprised by this, but that's the way we do business...... If you have EMT, Great. if not, you have to get it, but it is a Fire Academy class, and it's free.........
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    Read this for a few days, you are seriously thinking of moving to volunteer somewhere?

    I have complete respect for (most) volunteers that have training standards, hell they can be more professional at their job than some paid departments. I started as a volunteer in Central PA myself.

    What are you planning on doing to support yourself? I really question moving to volunteer, usually you just volunteer where you already live, have a job, family, etc...
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    I was just trying to obtain more information on PG county and how they operate their "live-ins" etc.. I happen to know a few guys who commute weekends etc to volly at busier departments.. Hwoods- thanks for the info and I will take a look at the website..

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    Kentland. They make all the products that Costco sells. You could probably get a job at the Kentland factory spinning toilet paper on to rolls, or filling shampoo bottles!
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