At least in ohio, college and patients is needed to get a full time job. Paramedics is now two years, and professional fire cert is 3 semesters of school. One thing about the fire service is need for constant school. To be a good student of the fire service you need big ears and a small mouth and a hunger for knowledge. you will learn very soon in this job that being overwhelmed is a part of the job, learning how to deal effectively and efficiently only comes with experience and knowledge. But you are young, and you need to be a kid first. enjoy yourself, have some fun. You have plenty of time to worry about a career