I want be a Volunteer Firefighter but I have some questions.... Can anyone help ?
Hello guys, first of all I would like to that ever since I was a young kid I have always wanted to be a firefighter.. Specially after the movie backdraft with Kurt Russle lol.. The older the i got the more i forgot about it till eventually i wouldnt have even thought anything of it when i saw a fire engine go by.. On new years at a party i met a firefighter and we talked for a few hours and he sparked the flame in me again and i really i want to do this..
I should note I am located in Prince William County Virginia I am applying for the O.W.L Volunteer Dept.
I am 26 years old, 5'11 280lbs.. I know im overweight yes but I do know im very healthy otherwise.. I dont have THAT great of stamina when it comes to running and stuff like that but im already startign to walk 3-4 miles a day now and losing the weight and getting in better shape.. I had a complete physical 6 months ago and I dont have blood pressure issue, or diabetes, or high cholesterol my liver and kidneys are ok.. I also have good Lung Capacity and 99% Oxygen blood level.. My heart rate tho is always a tad high
I already filed an application, got a response within 2 days and talked to the Assistant Cheif over the Phone.. I went into one of the three local stations and talked to the volunteers and even met the Cheif and did a Ride along (we raided a resturaunt for food in the truck lol) I asked them the questions I had, they showed me around and honestly im extremely excited and they all seem like a really great bunch of people to be around..
My question i forgot to ask them tho were, Assuming I get voted in to become a Senior Member (senior because of my age) when would the training start ? When do I get the gear ? They told me they measure you and fit your face for the right mask ect.. They give you all new gear.. The main thing im worried about is the Meeting is on the 1st Of Feb.. Obviously im overweight but do you guys think I'll be voted in ?? The guys at the station said pfft you'll get voted in dont worry all they do is interview you, you hand them your background papers and driving record and you go into another room and vote.. The other part im worried about the physical aspect... My county does a complete physical on you like the one i had mentioned i got 6 months ago by my own doctor.. They also do a stress test.. What is this stress test ?? They mentioned something about a treadmill or something ?
My plans and Goals are to become a member, get the training (its 6 months and I have to get FF1 and FF2) and then I will no longer be considered a Rookie.. While this is all going on i plan to continue to lose weight and get in better shape.. Then maybe a year or so down the road switch or try to switch to Career.. The only reason i dont go for Career now is because of my weight problem.. I know I wont be able to pass the physical fitness test they do to career guys vs volunteer.