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    I want to see what many of you think about education toward furthering education in the fire service.

    Do you pursue as many certifications as possible?

    Do you master a specific area e.g. technical rescue, HAZ-MAT?

    Associates/Bachelors in Fire Science?

    Degree in something other than (EMS, Safety Health, Public Admin)?

    Paramedic certification?

    Any others???

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    all depends on where you want to go in life.

    Just keep on educating in some area.

    if you want to be a chief, take chief classes

    if you want to be in a specialized area in operations, focus on those classes

    if you want to be something on your days off take those classes.

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    Are you looking at this from the point of view of a working firefighter, or candidate trying to get hired?

    In my opinion education looking to better your skills / work towards promotion is very different from trying to get hired.

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    Trying to further my development as a current firefighter regardless of pay (this relates directly to volunteers, paid guys/gals, and future ff's

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    I quite like the way the state of PA has it set up. I know our 2 main sources of education for the fire service in this area of PA are the two area colleges. Luzurne County Community College has a Public Safety building with fire appartaus and a burn building and hosts many classes throughout the year. Bucks County Community College runs their own classes and many burn buildings throughout the state. The programs are "stepped" to force you to obtain certain knowledge before taking harder classes. You must have X classes before taking Fire Officer 1. All the way up to actually being a state cert. instructor through the colleges. If your willing to take the time to train, we have the opportunities.

    Paramedic Certifications are easily accessible around here, but not so obtainable weeding out the people that really should not be medic's. Fire Science Degree's are offered as well, but I don't know too many people with it.
    Firefighter 1/ PA EMT-B

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