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    Question New Chick on the Block, Looking for Advice!

    Wow, you guys and gals have made my day (I've been reading various posts through the board). I am new here, not actually even a fire fighter (I hope that's okay). I was told about this site because I have been struggling for a while whether to become a fire fighter or a police officer. I come from a family of police officers and it always seemed to be the natural thing to do. <br /> I loved watching my Dad be such a community leader and such a brave and strong fighter for rights and freedoms, for individuals and his own men (excuse and women). From the time I was 4 I wanted to wear a "Big Belt" just like Dad. Now, I am starting to question this choice. I have put it off for a while, I am now 29, in great shape and ready for a challenging and physical career. I have heard that police work is not what it used to be and that if I want a good physical job with great people, great morale, and the chance to do a ton of community work, then I should look into being a fire fighter (this comes from a husband and wife... he's a fire fighter and she's a cop). Also, my trainer says I have the strength and the smarts... awww! <br /> So, because this isn't long enough already. I am wondering exactly how to get started, how to prepare for the tests and if there are any books or Canadian websites that you can suggest so I can start studying and working towards my goal. <br /> I am getting so pumped to do this and so eager to start a career, keep motivated, keep changing and stay strong both physically and mentally.

    Any and all suggestions more than welcome! Thanks in advance for any info, it is truly appreciated!

    p.s. - And yes I realize that the job is not "Third Watch" or "Back Draft" Someone actually asked me if that was what I was expecting... hahaha!

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    Hey Maritimer,

    I can give you a little insight having been a cop for several years before joining the brotherhood.

    I love the fire service for various reasons the top being able to help my community stay safe. I enjoyed the same satisfaction in law enforcement but there is alot of extra baggage. Most everyone I dealt with did not one the police present and would be rude. I had people throw up on my shoues, pee in my car, try to stab, run, and a whole truck load of other mean crap done to me for doing my job. Now as a firefighter many of the same things could happen but usually it wont be because they are trying to **** you off they are just sick.

    The moral of the story...I get the same satisfaction being a firefighter as I did being a cop and dont get abused in some way everyday.

    Good Luck On Your Choice

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    Thanks apatrol!

    You said a lot of the same things a friend of mine said as well. She is tired of drawing her gun because a kid stands defiant and swears at her and will not relinquish whatever he is brandishing as a weapon. She said the only people that respect cops anymore are the career criminals and even they are dwindling in numbers! I have infinite patience, and I truly believe I could handle the job itself, but it's the others around me with the attitudes as poor as the common criminal (within the department). Morale is really a big thing for me (I must have been a cheerleader in a past life... God help me! lol).

    Thanks for sharing your side of things with me, it's nice to hear from someone who has done both jobs. My only major concern is the fact that I will be up against a lot of people like you... people who have been officers or nurses, or emt's. I have so little experience, just a ton of energy, desire and drive... any chance that will be enough? Here's to hoping.... cheers...

    Time to hit the gym, thanks again, I appreciate it! Maritimer.... <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
    "Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear--not absence of fear."

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    If you haven't already checked it out, the City of Ottawa web site has a detailed Fire Fighter recruitement procedure which also includes physical and educational requirements.

    The Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs has links and info that might be useful to you.

    <a href="http://www.cafc.ca/" target="_blank">http://www.cafc.ca/</a>

    The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs has a Professional Development page that migh also give you some direction.

    <a href="http://www.oafc.on.ca/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.oafc.on.ca/index.html</a>

    Good luck

    P.s. Maritimer, you're a long way from the ocean in Ottawa!

    Don

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    Ah, the Ocean. Man's best friend, as far as I'm concerned...water! I lived in Cape Breaton with the Ocean behind me and the Bras D'or right across the street! What island are you from? (Just an assumption, judging by your handle!)

    Thanks for the URL's, I will take a look at those right away. I have been on the City's website, it is very informative, but unfortunately they have not updated it yet for test dates (I think they are still processing the last ones). I am very anxious to get going, so I am going to read and absorb as much as possible.

    Thanks for the help... have a great (rest of the) weekend!

    Jones <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
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    The big rocky one, east north-east of Cape Breton

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    Awww, the ROCK! The only point East of me in all the land. yay for you. I have never been there, but hear it's beautiful. No wodner you are a fire fighter.. you guys are made of true grit over there... much like us Capers...

    Cheers... Jones <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
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