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    I'm not going to lie, I've had my fair share of experimenting with drugs (marijuana and ecstasy in my case). My question is, will this automatically kill my chances when I'm putting on the application that I have done these drugs?

    Can anyone offer any advice on what to do? I'm not going to lie and say that I haven't done it but it's something in the past that I no longer do.

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    It may not automatically kill your chances, but in the interview process , it will have a bearing on your scoring. You might be required to do drug testing.
    Telling the truth is always good.

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    Depends on the department. Some are more strict than others about prior use. Don't be discouraged, there are plenty of firefighters who used drugs in the past and still got hired. It's just a little speed bump you will have to get over.

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    How old are you ?

    How long ago did you quit drugs

    Do you have any fire certs

    You will automatically be disqualified at some depts, and may have to work at smaller ones till you prove yourself

    You can check some city/dept web sites and they have the disqualifiers on them

    You will be going against people with clean records

    Any other problems???

    Suggest do a volunteer dept and get a good work history behind you

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    Thanks everyone!

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    Don't go offering the info up man. If you are asked be truthful, but it's not incombent upon you to go offering up everything that could cause them to question hiring you. There is integrity and then there is being stupid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FirefighterRI View Post
    Don't go offering the info up man. If you are asked be truthful, but it's not incombent upon you to go offering up everything that could cause them to question hiring you. There is integrity and then there is being stupid.
    Or get fired later on for not being truthful during the application, interview, and hiring process. Or, run the risk of failing a polygraph. It's not worth hiding it and hoping it doesn't come out later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FirefighterRI View Post
    Don't go offering the info up man. If you are asked be truthful, but it's not incombent upon you to go offering up everything that could cause them to question hiring you. There is integrity and then there is being stupid.

    And you sir have exemplified the latter.
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    Any convictions? You do seem to be dodging the questions posted about

    How old are you ?

    How long ago did you quit drugs

    Do you have any fire certs


    Even the FBI is taking people with drug use in their past, the biggest things they look for when confronted with it is,

    1. Age of offense, and what was being used

    2. HONESTY.

    On the application people are expected to be totally honest. Say you never have done drugs, and if you have a polygraph or stress test that shows different, you are screwed, not even a chance to explain.

    Mark down that you did, and explain, you have a chance with many departments.

    I am not sure why people are directing you to a volunteer department, any volunteer department worth its salt has the same or tougher requirements than a paid department.

    For them to think otherwise really shows that they are not aware of what is going on places other than their back door.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FirefighterRI View Post
    Don't go offering the info up man. If you are asked be truthful, but it's not incombent upon you to go offering up everything that could cause them to question hiring you. There is integrity and then there is being stupid.
    And being stupid is precisely what taking this advice would be.
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    Just look for work in Colorado or Oregon.

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    If you are currently using drugs, my first advice is to STOP using it.

    If not, you will not pass a drug screening for hiring and if caught possessing drug(s), can get you a criminal record.

    Firefighter postions are highly competitive. Drug usage may be a huge determent to your hiring.
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