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    Default Change career question?

    Well first off good morning firehouse community.
    I am going to try and keep this as short as possible, so here it goes.

    After about 6 years in the corporate/military world I finally have came to the conclusion that it is just not a fit for me. I need a job that enables me to help others, stay active and feel like I am contributing to my community. I know a couple of firefighters and cops and they both are very happy with their work and all of them feel a sense of accomplishment in their jobs. So, I am here to ask a couple of questions and maybe get some feedback on my situation.

    I feel that the brotherhood and selflessness of being a firefighter would fill the satisfaction portion of a job I seek. I understand I will be taking a huge pay cut, but as long as I can put food on the table and perform a job that I thoroughly enjoy my family and I will be fine. I have already explained my intentions to my wife and she is all for me finding a career that I enjoy.

    So after a long story my questions are these.

    1. Will I be competitive to be a fire fighter?
    -I am 30 years old
    -I have a BS in Aeronautics/AS in Avionics/AS in IT
    -I have 10 years military experience (USAF/ANG)
    -I work for the DoD Federal as an INFOSEC specialist
    -I have HAZMAT/SAFETY/SECURITY manager experience from the DoD
    -I have 8 years full time DoD federal service
    -I run the 1.5 in 9:30/70 pushups in 2 min/70 sit-ups in 2 min

    2. I make about 75k for the DoD, as a firefighter I am expecting to make about 40k in New Mexico W/O OT after the academy. Is this number far off?

    3. Can I expedite process of getting my EMT-B rather than going to the local community college to get it?

    4. Any advice or recommendations before I embark on this journey in life?

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    have you thought about joining a volly dept in your area? how about cross training into the fire service in the guard (are you still in the ang?) then getting on a DOD department as a civilian? have you already been hired by New Mexico? I'm sure you know it's very competitive to get on in a big city and they should train you as a EMT. Don't quit your day job until you've been officially hired, it can take years to get hired on and most departments don't hire past 35.

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    FF is not offered in my unit, I think they offer it in the Army NG unit located very close. Yes, I figured it would be very competitive that’s why I posted some stats. From what I understand NM requires an EMT-B before you apply. Then you are put into open enrollment and the competition begins.

    ....I am also considering a police officer (begin the flaming lol)

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    apply here:

    https://www.losalamosnm.us/jobs/Page...fighterII.aspx


    the army unit may be your best bet...if you can tolerate it. they'll send you to fire school and give you the basic certs to be able to apply to DOD departments as a GS-5/6. the more options you have the better. work on your EMT and apply EVERYWHERE you can. even look outside the state.

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