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    Default Am I dreaming?

    So here is the scenario...

    I'm in my mid 30's, an insurance exec for 4 years, live in a small rural town (quiet at night). Two years ago I joined our fire department as a paid on call firefighter (don't fault me. Well I really enjoy the firefighting aspect so much that,I am thinking of going for the "Real" badge. I'll be finishing my EMT-B this fall and then State Cert.Firefighter II. SO...any thoughts... or advice for the dreamer?

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    Hi 36,
    Just wanted to say welcome to the boards and good luck in your future endeavors.
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    Sounds like good dreams to me....keep the other job too?

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    What do you mean by the "real" badge?
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    Go for it and good luck!!! You could do the insurance thing on the side.(although you you say you are a an exec, but don't know if you are a broker) A brother in my shift in my station has a big time insurance business and 14 yrs. ago was in the same boat as you. Go for it.
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    I echo Puffy's sentiments...go for it!
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    Jiffy911,RS-1 Alum,Jonslo,PuffyNPFD,and Capt.Gonzo........Thanks for the replies...Jonslo by "Real" I meant going career,as in real full time firefighter vs. volly/paid on call.

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    I'm leaving a nice paying IT job for a midwestern full-time firefighter job in 2 months. Life is short, it is better to try and fail than to never even try.

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    Go for it, do not let your age hold you back, We hire all types and one of whom we just hired is 42 years old and a rookie and very happy with his choice he made to become a professional Fire guy.
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    I say go for it! Some dreams need to be fulfilled. I was a call man for 7 yrs before I got to fulfill mine. Ive been FT for 8 yrs now and I love it. But remember, being a call guy means you already have a "real" badge.
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    LOL. I just know that "real" comment is going to come back and bite you on the *****

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    Go for it... Never too old. I have my florida certs and will be doing EMT in the fall (again). Thinking of getting back into it.
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    One can only regret the things you did not do in life because you will never know the answer to the questions.

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    Go for it. I am almost 31 and just got notification that I go for interviews and polygraph next week. Right now I'm just really nervous about that stuff, not really to worried about the actual job yet.

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    Default Re: Am I dreaming?

    Originally posted by Firefighter36
    SO...any thoughts... or advice for the dreamer?
    Just one - Follow You're Dream !

    I'll spare you my own story, but I will say that I'm still chasing that dream and I'm going to catch it one day. FYI - I'll turn 30 later this year and it will probably be another year (or two) before I can consider resuming the job hunt again, but I don't see my age as a factor and I don't think you should either.


    Best of luck to you Brother - "Keep on chasin that crazy dream"
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