12-11-2013, 07:24 PM #1
- Join Date
- Dec 2013
Should I volunteer?
My future career goals is to be a firefighter/paramedic.
The volunteer fire department 10 miles away from my house is recruiting volunteer firefighters, no experience necessary, which is good for me because I've never taken any fire classes. I have EMT experience which is desired - basically meet most/all of the desired qualifications: college courses, bilingual, etc.
Basically, if I get my fitness up, there is a very high chance that I will be able to get in. If I do get it, they'll put me in a 4 month fire academy in Feburary, and I am subject to start volunteering for a whole year after that.
Thing is, training is two times a month, on a Wednesday, and I don't know the amount of shifts you need to do a month. Or if it's "on-call." If it is on-call, I'm out. I need a set schedule, and no one really has all that free time to get moving within <1 hour.
OR, I also plan to going to Paramedic school after I finish my 960 hours of EMT experience, currently at ~700ish. Medic school is 3 times a day, Tuesday Wed and Thurs. After about 9 months or so, I have my internship. I REALLY want to go this route, that's if I get in the program to begin with. Apps end on May 1st of next year, and I'll fill it out after my hours, paperwork, supervisor approval, etc. My college courses are set: finished all A&P, chem, math, etc. I also have a high chance of getting in. Could be better, work more work experience. Basically, work >1.5 years and your chances improve by 30%-40%, since it's based on a point system.
Point is, I have a good chance of volunteering, and I have an okay/good chance of getting into a paramedic program at my CC. What are your thoughts? If I can do both, trust me I'd jump on that opportunity already. Plus I'll also be planning to work during any of these choices.
In b4 I get rejected from both.
12-12-2013, 01:44 AM #2
- Join Date
- Jul 1999
- Rural Wisconsin, Retired from the burbs of Milwaukee
12-13-2013, 04:42 PM #3
- Join Date
- Dec 2012
The fire service probably aint for you if you seriously chose a screenname ending in "BOI"
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