Becoming A Fulltime Firefighter
Hello Everyone! I just signed up for this today. I'm a 24 year old volunteer firefighter from Simcoe Ontario who is trying to pursue a firefighting career fulltime. Our Station is paid volunteer and we are on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week. What I was wondering is how difficult is it or was it for you guys to pursue your career? I have applied to 3 cities in Ontario so far and have had anywhere from 400-1600 people applying for 10-20 positions. Is it this competitve elswhere in Canada and the U.S.? Also does anyone really know what these cities are looking for i'm starting to lose hope. I heard it can take anywhere from 3-10 years to get on fulltime. Why I wanna know what these cities are really looking for is I do fine on the aptitude and fitness testing but get no further. I have my first aid, dz license, firefighting experience, 20/15 vision as well as other fire courses but no phone call for the next step. Lots of cities hire people with little or no experience at all. What I can hope for though is I talked to a fellow fulltime firefighter and he said within the next couple years the hiring process is gonna see changes and if you have firefighting experience it will benefit you and you should land the job. It has been a costly adventure so far but i'm hoping that someday soon I will land my dream job of being a full time firefighter.