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    Talking I've waited long enough...

    I wasn't going to be the first, but no one has posted as of yet. If you are from Minnesota, stop in, leave a note; any questions about Minnesota, please ask; been through Minnesota, let us know what you thought and where you were.
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    Hi, I just moved here from Kentucky. Was a vol. FF for 5 years in KY, but not with any dept. right now. I really like MN, the weather is GREAT! Going to school in Roseville, but will be moving back to Mankato this summer where my family is at. I plan on applying as a volunteer FF in Mankato and hopefully will be accepted this summer if they're "hiring". Would like to eventually go full-time there.

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    Rock and Roll SPFD. I should be out that way in the spring/summer of next year. I do think that you promised me a tour (maybe even a ride along, wink wink wink...)

    Anyway, I'll be in touch.... and of course, if you ever find yourself in my neck of the woods, let me know
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    I'm an Explorer for Maple Grove(Northwest Suburbs) right now. Just turned 18 in September, but still a senior in High School. I'd like to go full-time someday. Any advice for me-where to go, what training to get, general advice-would be welcome. The fire fighters here help a lot, but any advice would help. Thanks!

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    mgdrummer,

    Hennepin Tech. in Hopkins County has a 2 (and maybe 4?) year degree in Fire Protection. I'd check that out. It would look really nice on your resumť. Also, stay with Maple Grove and get experience.

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    Yeah, I had heard something about that. I should check into that, thanks man!

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    I'm from Minnesota,

    I recently Joined the Fire Department as a Volunteer and will be starting School this Monday. I can't wait to get started.

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    I'm a Fire Explorere with the city of Cottage Grove. I love what we do but i really don't like that fact of going into to fires I just like playing with the tools and taking patients out of cars with jaws.

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    I am a 12 year vet with a small FD just SW of the twin cities. Nice to see a place we can come and chat.

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    Hi, Roseville FF and DNR FF nice to have a local forum.

    Stay safe everybody!!!
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    Hey Roseville, I'm going to school here at NWC. I went to FF1 school with one of your explorers last semester out in Hopkins, seems like you guys trained him well!

    DNR FF?

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    My cousin works with the DNR but hes not a firefighter
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    Hello Fellow MN Hosejockey's.....

    Nice to see you all!

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    Jedimike007,

    I am assumeing you went to school with Alex. He will be a good firefighter.

    It is amazing what you can do with explorers- we have a lot of good future firefighters in our post.

    stay safe everybody, its slipery out there
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    You know ainít life a B****. Just when things are getting on track in my life, Iím handed another obstacle or at least the potential for one.

    My full time job, because I'm only a POC FF student right now, is working for the City of Minneapolis as a System Integrator. Well to make a long story short, it appears that I will not be having a job here much longer. No I'm not being fired at least not that I know of, I'm going to either be laid off because of the current ITS out sorceing, or if not that I'm sure I will be laid off because of position cuts due to the loss of LGA funding from the state to the city.

    So with that I will have to start a job search. I have a few things on my side 1 when lay off I will have 4 months in what the city calls it's Job bank, so I get paid to try and find another Job in the city. Right now there are 5 jobs in there and the potential for mass layoffs. That means there will be nothing there, but at least I will have 4 months pay before I'm facing UI.

    Now with that said, I have already determined that I may have to look for a new carrier field because the computer market is just flooded, and I made the mistake of only going to school 1 year and then going in to the job market. It worked great until now.

    So I'm wondering if any of you could clue me into what the average pay is for a full time FF around the metro, and what the Job market looks like.

    I have the advantage that I'm already in school, and if things go the way they should I will have FF1 Done mid Apr FF2 Done Mid May,
    Fire Apparatus Operator end of July. Then I should be able to complete the First Responder class after July but there is no fall schedule up yet.

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    To the explorer that did not care for going in. I am with you. It scares the h*** out of everyone.If you still have problems with it after several training than maybe you can find a way to stay as EMT/ Rescue/Extrication. That is what I prefer but will do the fire fight when needed. I am down in the SE and we take anyone willing to do anything. If you can only do one or two aspects of the job then that is what you will be trained for and be the "go-to" guy. Don't give it up. It sounds like you have the heart for Emergecy Service, just find where to go with it.

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    Originally posted by Airborne
    [ So I'm wondering if any of you could clue me into what the average pay is for a full time FF around the metro, and what the Job market looks like.

    I have the advantage that I'm already in school, and if things go the way they should I will have FF1 Done mid Apr FF2 Done Mid May,
    Fire Apparatus Operator end of July. Then I should be able to complete the First Responder class after July but there is no fall schedule up yet. [/B]
    Being enrolled in FF1 is no advantage, you can count on anyone applying to full-time depts having FF1, FF2, EMT, and HazMat Tech as a minnimum. Finish the degree and skip first-responder and go for EMT. Really want a job? Get your medic cert. Want a job here in the metro? Good luck. No cities have any money, due to the states lack of funding. The last mpls cadet class at HTC was just laid off, and St. paul is lucky to keep the firefighters they have. It's a BAD deal around here. Richfield was the most recent to test for firefighters, and they probably won't hire anyone. When they do hire(which most likely will be more than a year) typical starting wages are in the 30-45 thousand range, depending on where you go. Don't mean to be a downer, thats just how it seems now. On a positive note, out of state looks more promising. Try wisconsin or Iowa

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    Default Hey Airborne

    Have you got started at Brooklyn Park? How are things going?

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    Hey everybody! I live in Eveleth and just got hired for the fire dept. in June. I will be taking FF1 training this fall through the Mesabi Community College. I hope to meet some of you up here in Sept. for the state fire school that is held here every year.

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    Tidbit of information concerning St Paul- notices have been sent to those on the 17c (Journeyman/Journeyperson Firefighter) list. As of now, it looks certain that St Paul is going to hire 1 more round of this list.
    An enterance exam open to all those that meet the minimum requirements is on the budget for 2005. Last exam was in Aug. 1999 and to be eligable for hire, you had to be either a Minnesota or National Registry EMT/EMT-P. I would suspect that this will still be the case in '05.
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    Just wanted to say HEY to everyone out there. I am currently in the Air Force serving at Elmendorf AFB, Anchorage AK. I am originally from Braham MN, where I was on the vol. dept for a year and a half. I am currently an aircrew egress tech. And hoping to crosstrain into firefighting in a year. It is nice to see/hear from other firefighters in MN! I can't wait to get back into it! Well hope to hear from any of you soon!! Take care and stay safe!!!
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    Originally posted by SPFDRum
    An enterance exam open to all those that meet the minimum requirements is on the budget for 2005. Last exam was in Aug. 1999 and to be eligable for hire, you had to be either a Minnesota or National Registry EMT/EMT-P. I would suspect that this will still be the case in '05.
    I guess I will have to work my way up to that after I move there.

    Do you have an idea what the entrance requirements might be for some of the departments North of the cities, I was looking at both Fridley and Columbia Heights the last time I was out, but neither had any paperwork to actually hand out while I was there last.
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    New explorer with Roseville Fire....really liking it so far!

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    I'll be in St. Paul on the 21st and 22nd for the test. If anyone wants to meet up on the 21st, let me know.
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    Hello,
    Great to see a fellow smoke eater from Minnesota out here! I recently became a 'full member' on firehouse, so I am new to the message board. Last night I read another posting, which I believe you posted regarding the upcoming St. Paul exam. Are you a member of the St. Paul F.D.? 2 of my friends made it on during the last recruitment drive. At the time, I was still at MSU, Mankato finishing my degree and had not completed my NREMT. After graduation in 2000, I enrolled in a NREMT course.

    You stated in your posting that Minnesota (particularly the MPLS/St. Paul area) is a great place to live. I certianly agree! Sooo, if anyone from out of state reads this and you're coming to Minnesota for the exam, rest assured if you get on, you will love it here!


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