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    Hello everyone! I am wondering on what I should do next on my way to becoming a full-time firefighter. As far as my background goes, I have earned an Associate's Degree in Fire Science, I am an EMT, and I have one season of wildland experience with the US Forest Service. I also have some basic knowledge of mechanical aptitude and other job experiences. I plan to work with the Forest Service for a few more seasons. My question is what do any of you recommend I do next to get a more well-rounded perspective of the job of a firefighter? I have considered learning a trade such as carpentry or auto technician or even going on to become a paramedic. What is the best advice one can give me? Thank you all and be safe out there.

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    how old are you

    which state do you want to work/settle in?

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    Thank you for replying. I am 23 years old and I currently live in California. I am interested most in California but I have tested in Arizona. I'm interested in going wherever there is an opportunity.

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    Do you work as an EMT or just have the certification? If you want to know how to be a well-rounded firefighter start volunteering and interviewing. It's nice to have background in other trades but if you want to be a firefighter, be a firefighter. What are you waiting for?

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    I have some experience on an ambulance but only IFT and I do work as an EMT on the weekends for sporting events.

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    calif, is a hard state to get hired in from what I hear.

    I believe some want the ff cert , if so get it and start testing everywhere and anywhere!!!!

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    Seems like it is. Do you know what it's like outside of California?

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    Quote Originally Posted by omgee View Post
    Seems like it is. Do you know what it's like outside of California?
    Depends on the state some are easier then others

    Texas is always hiring

    Most want tx cert and paramedic goes along way

    Check weekly;


    http://www.tcfp.texas.gov/job_postings/jobs.asp




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    http://www.tcfp.texas.gov/certificat...ansferring.asp

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    So a California fire academy won't do any good if I wanted to apply in Texas? Or how does that work?

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    Call certification direct and ask the question

    They do recognize other academies


    Contact information
    For more information regarding the commission's certification programs, please contact the certification section at (512) 936-3829.

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    Thank you for that information. I really appreciate it. Is there any other advice you can give me on how I should go about becoming a municipal firefighter? Any experience or training I should have?

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    Quote Originally Posted by omgee View Post
    Thank you for that information. I really appreciate it. Is there any other advice you can give me on how I should go about becoming a municipal firefighter? Any experience or training I should have?
    Check all the cities you might apply to : find out minimum requirements to apply.
    Get those requirements/ certs

    Stay out of trouble even jay walking.

    Get in physical shape.


    Check this site for good info:



    http://www.eatstress.com/resume.htm

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    sounds like you have been given some good advise so far. I would definitely look into going to a fire 1&2 program at your local colleges, look into getting your medic, ensure you have the national registry up to date, and try to get on with a volunteer dept. and test, test , test!

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    Quote Originally Posted by omgee View Post
    So a California fire academy won't do any good if I wanted to apply in Texas? Or how does that work?

    Might, I always say call Texas cert direct and ask the question



    Contact information
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    http://www.tcfp.texas.gov/certificat...ansferring.asp

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