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    Default How old where you when you started or persued your career in the Fire Service?

    How old where you when you started or persued your career in the Fire Service? How old are you now?

    What preparations did you take to achive your goals

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    I was 14 and was a gopher until 16. I was mainly a great big pain in the ***** to all the Officers because all I did was ask questions during that period. At 16 I was able to take Basic and Advanced Firefighting. Not so many rules back then as compared to today. Took as many classes as possible. Young, single, kept me out of trouble. Taught me team work, discipline and trust which has come in handy later in life. Taught me to keep my mouth shut and that I did not know everything. I suffered the wrath of quite a few ole crusties, but I was taught respect at home so thier harsh discipline was taken as a learning experience, after the inital embarassment wore off.

    I did have one ole crustie who took me under his wing and he taught me a hell of a lot. Not just firefighting but about life in general and for that I will always be grateful to him.

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    Any words of wisdom to pass on to any others who want to enter the service?

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    16-19 Fire explorer. 19-20 Aux. Fire/Forestry. 20 Now.
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    Originally posted by firescorcher07
    Any words of wisdom to pass on to any others who want to enter the service?
    Get in shape.
    Be for Peace, but don't be for the Enemy!
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    Well....

    I started volunteering at 18. Got my Firefighter II at 20, got my EMT-B at 21, and just got my first EMS job, while still volunteering. I'm still 21.
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    16. now 20. still volunteering

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    I was 18. I will be 40 next month

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    I was 18 and two weeks outta High School and am now 40. Oh how time flys when were haven some fun.
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    I think it started for me when I was about 12 or so chasing fire trucks on my bike.

    Seriously, it starts when you enter high school. You take all the math and science classes you can. You get in shape and stay in shape. Stay out of trouble!! Even little things on a juvenile criminal record can make the difference if you get hired or not. After high school get your degree and take as many "extra" extra classes and certifications you can. Make yourself stand out over and above your classmates and be the best at it. By this I mean study hard, do the extra work, keep your mouth shut, and do things without being told to. The worst ever is to shoot your mouth off as your a seasoned vetran because you have a degree and you have been in several "training" burns. If you don't understand anything else, do not get a big head about things. The day you "know everything" is the day you need to leave. As someone said, he has been in this line of work for several years and will never know everything. I have been doing this for 14 years and will never know everything. People doing this job for 30+ years don't know everything. Also if your going to do something like this, give it 100%, just not a half *****ed effort. Never be afraid to ask questions.

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    I was 18 when I started as a Vol. and got my FF1 at the same age and I'm still going strong after 22 years. I like training and can never get enough, I also enjoy helping the rookie firefighters.

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    Dickie did you do that too ? I had to be 13 or 14 .......now 35 ....those were the days.
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    I guess it was my destiny to be in the fire service. Been around it since the day I was born, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
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    I started at 14 as an Explorer, got my state Firefighter I at 15 I'm now 30
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    Originally posted by fdmhbozz
    Been around it since the day I was born, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
    Me too...

    Took my first class at 16, I'm 19 now, soon to be 20.
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    Well I was kinda born into the fire service grandpa was a firefighter and former chief, then both mom and dad also a former chief are on the dept. I went to my first meeting when I was about 12 or 13, Started on the trucks at 14, and now 22yrs old. Love every minute of it.

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    Always mad keen on Fire Engines becuase I grew up in an area that was burning quite regularly during the 70's. I started hanging out at the Fire Station when I was 12, then joined at 18. Eventually transferred to the Station near where I grew up and served every rank there up to Station Commander (BC).
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    I started this year so I joined at 26 and am still 26 (Until Feb.)

    I finally moved this year out of my college town which had a full time fire dept. I am now out of college and grad school and like most college students you find yourself looking for that 'next thing' to do since I just spent 7 years in school I really didn't have a direction becasue I have a good job in my field already. So I decided to join the local volunteer fire company. I just finished Firefighter I last week, which was like going back to college with all the time needed. But, I'm really glad I've done that and look forward to a rewarding future as a volunteer fire fighter.

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    I started off in one career then realized that I couldnīt spend the next 30 years doing it. Thatīs when I got off my butt and began working hard to become a firefighter. I was 27 when I made that decision and 29 when I finally got on. Iīm 35 now. Best career move I ever made!

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    Started as a student at 18....got my AAS in fire science & EMS. Hired full time, IAFF at 20. Still wondering how it happened -

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    Hey Weruj1.....

    It got better when I put my light and siren on my bike so pedestrians would get out of the way!!!!

    I could almost beat the old 1979 International tanker to the top of the hill behind my house. I would see it coming around the corner and head up the hill and sometimes we would arrive at the top at the same time. They guys used to honk the horn at me and wave laughing. Now I see kids on their bikes trying to keep up to the trucks now. I always make an effort to wave or honk as we pass them. Who knows, there could be a future Chief on his Huffy. Now those same guys have taught me well. Most of those guys have either passed away or are having health problems now.

    Your right, ah.......those were the days.

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