looking for advice on moving to Colorado
Hello, I currently live in Missouri and have recently been given a conditional thumbs up by my wife to move to Colorado. Basically it rests on my step-son finishing high school here because she feels she moved her kids around enough when she was in the military. So basically we're within 5 years of it being a real possibility. I know 5 years away might seem like i'm jumping the gun a little, but I want to get my ducks in a row and make sure i'm one of the stronger candidates when the time comes. Now i've done some research and read plenty of threads on here, but I still have some questions and seeking advice for my particular situation.
So my situation is this: I'm currently 37, which would put me at around 40 when I start putting in applications out there. I have been a paramedic for 5+ years and have worked urban/inner city and i've worked rural, I have completed a critical care class, FF I/II, and I'm currently trying to get on as a volunteer at a local FD.
I have a strong EMS background and I love being a paramedic, so I am most interested in departments/districts that operate at the ALS level whether or not they run their own transports or not. Also, are there any places that my age would be an issue or any places that are more likely than others to hire someone in my age range? Other than that, would more education make a real impact during the hiring process? and if so, what would be better, to work towards a degree or work towards earning technician level training such as hazmat tech or the different rescue training? Any advice on what I can do that would help me be a top candidate would be greatly appreciated.