Fire Inspector, Illinois Questions
My name is Jonathon Friday and through my countless hours of research and trying I have stumbled upon the website for Illinois Fire Inspectors. I realize that this may be a long shot but I had some questions that no one seems able or available to answer. I recently completed my Associates Degree in Fire Science that I had started in hopes of becoming a Fire Fighter. I was looking to spend some time in the field before looking to become a Fire Inspector because that is where my true passion lies but after the first year of schooling I was diagnosed with Reiter's Syndrome. It is easier to say it is reactive arthritis that will come and go for the rest of my life if not medicated (Which I am). So I could not, in good conscience, keep that information from a prospective department. What this e-mail boils down to is this:
I'm 26 with an Associates Degree, I was an excellent student and dreamed of becoming a Fire Inspector. I recently found that I could take some exams to become certified but I am having trouble believing that I could find employment as an inspector because I have no Fire Fighting experience outside of a classroom. With my Reiter's Syndrome I fear I've wasted a substantial length of time studying and becoming passionate about something I won't be given a chance to do because of my inability to be a Fire Fighter.
While speaking with the head of John Wood Community College's Fire Science Department he informed me that in order to be an inspector I would need to have several years of Fire Fighting experience under my belt first before I would even be considered. I truly hope that this isn't true, otherwise I'm staring at a useless degree that I had hoped very strongly to put to good use.
My grades,GPA, and teachers all reflect an excellent student with drive and passion for the Fire Service Industry. Any information you might be able to impart on me would be greatly appreciated.