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    Default any airforce firefighters

    Hello im 26 and a texas medic that wants a career as a fire fighter
    I just got out of the navy as a builder and was wondering about life as a airforce firefighter. Ive always heard the airforce takes care of its people and dependants. I was wanting to get the input from some real airforce firefighters to help me with my decision. I left the navy cause i didnt want to do long deployments away from my kids
    and to pursue a career in fire/ems. Unfortantly private ems is not cutting the bills and i feel im running out of time trying to get hired with city fire departments (dont want my credit to start going backwards). Anyway any postings on real life experience with airforce firedepartments may help i cant seem to find any good info on the web. In particular im really wondering about there wartime mission for obvious reasons. thank you

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    The Air Force is not always a bad deal, but they are subject to long deployments too. If you have any IFSAC firefighter certifications you may be able to get in as a military civilian firefighter. They are not subject to deployments like their military buddies are. Some installations will pick you up as a non-certified trainee if you can score high enough on their referral list.
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    I am not a firefighter in the Air Force, but I am in the Air Force and I have been a Firefighter for 9 years. If you are interested in AF firefighting I would recommend going to the nearest Air Force Base and see the way their station runs. Military fire depts. are much different than a civilian dept. Not saying there is anything wrong with the way they run things, but most of your jobs are on Aircraft, such as in-flight emergencies or enging fires or fuel spills.
    If you would like some information feel free to contact me and I will see what I can get for you. I am stationed at Osan Air Base in the Republic of Korea, where I am a crew chief on A-10 aircraft. I am also a firefighter 1/paramedic/and nearly a fire instructor 2.

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    Hey,
    I am a firefighter at SJAFB in NC. Ive been in the fire service for seven yrs and two of thoughs have been spent in the AF. Its not the same. Its worse. The moral and the brotherhood is not there. Some of the Airman do not want to be here and that just ****es me off to no end. But, you might end up somewhere were the guys really like it and it good be a good assisnment you never know. The deployments can be long but thats just part of the military. The Af does look after your family. If you would like some more info let me know. Just email me here at the zone. I would be glad to help.

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    Why dont you just send all your broken planes to Cherry Point? lIke you have always done in the past?
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    I guess I'm just lucky! The crew I'm on here at Charleston AFB are a really tightknit group. Of course there will always be the airman who got stuck in Fire Protection that didn't really want the job - I suppose that is ONE of the biggest differences between us and civilian depts. But hey, that is every job in the military. The AF certainly does take good care of its folks, but make no mistake about it, you WILL deploy. Fire Protection has one of the highest operational tempos of any AF career field. Another plus is training. Where else on a typical day, can you go from the possibility of a structure fire, to any number of medicals, to whatever your imagination can dream up regarding airplanes. Honestly, the AF has pretty much "fire prevented" itself out of structure fires onbase, but with a good station captain, the training can really make up for that. We runs tons of medical calls, and since I'm a paramedic also I like that side of things. No huge plane crashes to speak of, but once again - getting out on the flightline for the obvious eventuality is a great experience. You would be hard pressed to find this type of broad based training anywhere else. I've had various jobs in the AF over the last 17 years. About a year ago I retrained into Fire Protection as an "old man". It was the smartest thing I ever did, and I'm sorry it took so long to happen. Good luck in your decision.

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    Default thanks for the info guys

    Well thanks for all the info and stories. Ive sence called a recruiter and found out that sence i only have a GED i need 15 college credits to get into the airforce even though ive done 7.5 years of active duty. Yes i know i should have already done this while i was in but i didnt and now i get to pay for it. Anyway he also told me that my job for the airforce was pretty much on needs of the airforce and my chances of landing a fire job were next to none. So until i figure out what im going to do ill just keep up with the pt. thanks for your guys help.

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    Quick question for you Air Force FF's. I am blind in one eye. I was a federal employee (wildland ff) when it happened. I then went to paramedic school, and currently work as a medic. However my love is still in Fire fighting. I am wondering if this would effect my hire? What do you think?
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    I would venture to guess it would depend on the department. I don't know if there is any standard physical exam.
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    Default Keep on it

    I have heard of a guy who lost his leg.In a motorcycle accident,while he was a Fed firemen. The Service tried to get ride of him He went up for a review board and proved he could do the job with a fake leg just as good if not better then before and they had to reinstate him with back pay. If you lost an eye on the job and you’re of sound mind and body and still want to do this job. Not only do I think you should get preference for the jobs you’re looking at but also I would love to work along side of you. Good Luck Brother.
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    You normally don't use those eyes in a fire anyway! You use the eyes with fingers and toes on them.
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    I attempted to apply for a regular city department job and was turned down to even test. The fire cheif said that if I had only mono occular vision I couldnt be a fire fighter. He then asked why the hell I would want to risk the good eye. I think I could have a fire cheif position soon, if someone dont let me alone. I wanted to bad to just kick his *** right there on the spot. What a stupid question. Its like asking a kid why the like candy!
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    Tex, If you are interested, their are other DOD fire departments in the government. The question is DO YOU WANT to join the military? There are many DOD/Government departments in all states Navy, Marine, Army, Airforce, Reserves, VA, Coast Guard, Forestry and FEMA. Yes they may require NPBQ or IFSAC certs. But, if you have them you may be a head of the game. Now some of them are looking for medics. Just check out USAJOB.com attached to opm.gov and look up 0081 series. Your best bet is, to find a location at first in a High turn around area. Or send an AP out to every one you see. Every week about 30 job open and close. Good luck. RDL

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    Question Military not for everyone

    Speaking from experience about being an AF Fire Protection Specialist 3E751 for 8.5 years, I used the Af as a stepping stone to advance my career. I got out in 1999 because I could make twice as much doing it as a civilian for the govt. Although those years were somewhat hard and challenging they were also rewarding. Lots of good training and certs. Granted alot has changed since then and the deployments were not as frequent as they are today and range from a minimum of 3 months or longer or an assignment to a remote site/base for a year depending on location. I really got to see some cool places and do stuff many firefighters in a 30 year career will never get to see or do at the same time not to mention driving fairly new and cool fire apparatus. Even though we didnt have thousands of fires or a lot of miraculous saves you see everyday, we still saw alot of action.

    I suggest if you are really interested in this pursuit that you nail down the recruiter in giving you a guaranteed job as a firefighter, you need to have all your certs and training records copied along with letters of recommendations from Chiefs, bosses and co-workers about your abilities and experinces as a firefighteror medic to show him or her. This should be a good start.

    Second if you choose not to pursue entering active duty military here a some websites that will give you a head start in becoming a federal civilian firefighter or medic. These sites will give you the location of the govt agency hiring be it military or some other agency. They list starting salary, number of vacancies, type of certs and requirments necessary and an area for you to create a resume that they require to be in consideration for the job.

    https://ww2.afpc.randolph.af.mil/res..._state_nlo.asp
    http://www.usajobs.opm.gov
    http://www.cpol.army.mil/va/scripts/public.html

    Also check out the Jobs Central area here at firehouse.com and also the articles on hiring and finding a job, they are very good and informative.

    Good luck in finding a job

    Any questions, let me know

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