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    Question Getting Out Of The Academy

    HI, I WAS LOOKING FOR SOME ADVICE. I WILL BE GRADUATING FROM THE FIRE ACADEMY THROUGH THE LOCAL JR COLLEGE THIS MAY. AFTER THAT I WILL HAVE MY FF1 TRAINING, AND I AM CURRENTLY AN EMT-B. I WILL ALSO HAVE A DEGREE IN FIRE SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY. IM LOOKIN FOR SOME ADVICE FROM SOME CURRENT FIREFIGHTERS, OR ANYONE IN THIS CASE ON WHAT TO DO NEXT. I LIVE IN CALIFORNIA, AND IM NOT SURE, A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE SAYING GET SOME MEDICAL EXPERIENCE AND GO TO MEDIC SCHOOL. OTHERS ARE SAYING TAKE ALL THE TESTS YOU CAN. IS IT REALISTIC TO GET HIRED AT THE LEVEL OF EDUCATION IM AT? ANY ADVICE?

    THANKS.
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    The question is... what is the prospective FD looking for?
    If they are looking for firefighter/paramedics, then you would have to go onto medic school. Some FD's will hire under the stipulation that you get your paramedic certification within a certain time frame.

    Other FD's may have no requirements for EMS in order to be hired. It all depends. If you hear of an entrance exam being given, by all means take it. You can at least get on a list and wait it out.

    Good luck!
    Last edited by CaptainGonzo; 03-14-2005 at 08:26 AM.
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    Default Easy one...

    In Caliofrnia, they want medics. Final. Two of the resident
    experts, Bob Smith and Paul LaPore have detailed this journey
    on their websites and books.

    I suggest getting on as a Reserve somewhere and getting
    some real field time. Then after 1-2 years as a functioning
    EMT, pursue medic school.

    Here are your links-

    www.eatstress.com
    www.smokeyourffinterview.com

    And this FAQ is addressed in the forums at-
    www.firecareers.com

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    Medic for sure, but experience too!! If you have the time and can afford a lower paying job, Ca Department of Forestry is the way to go. Fight fire, go on strike teams, run medicals (emt type calls). It's like getting paid to learn how to be a good firefighter. I did it for three years and it was one of the best experiences of my life.
    But thats just my experience....
    Stay Low, Stay Safe

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