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    Question should I or not

    I need help fill me in for those in California should I just bite the bullet and go to a california fire school or wait for a department to send me through I am already a medic and looking to move out there and want to get on a department thanks for all your help

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    Default Don't move yet!

    Shall I move my family to the area I want to test for?

    Do yourself and your family a big favor. Donít even think about moving until you get the invitation in writing that you have the job. Never move away from family, friends, support and established connections thinking that will improve your chances of getting a badge.

    If you need an academy check out the home study program at www.trainingdivision.com

    This is not the first time I've seen this question. A candidate is invited to the chiefís oral. He just knows they want him. He gives notice at his job, his apartment and finds a new apartment for the city he is being considered for. He starts packing. After the chiefís interview he is notified to complete the medical, given the date for the academy, uniform fitting and then the psych. He flies down to complete these items in two days. He goes by with his wife to check on the new apartment, flies home and waits for the mover to show up the next day.

    Donít touch that dial. There is something wrong with the psych interview. It comes back inconclusive. They want him to retake the psych. But the movers are on their way. I can taste that badge. I know they want me.

    A medic candidate moved his family from southern California to Seattle, so he could be in position for the next test. Although he made the list, he was going to have to wait until they got down to him. In the mean time the pressures built up at home, he lost his house in California to foreclosure, and got in a heated argument with his wife. The police arrived and arrested him for domestic violence. This at a time when he was in background for the next academy. Everything came to a full halt. Fortunately, in the state of Washington, if you complete the counseling and probation program and itís your first offense, you can appeal the court to remove the charge. Now a year later, this has been done. The Seattle list he was on expired. Now itís back to square one.

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    Hey Capt Bob

    Thank You for the information but I think I need to go futher into details all My wife family is out there (Mom Dad Brother and Sister not to mention all her friends) plus she has a good job out there I guess I am just going along for the ride LOL just kidding so no matter what we are comming out there but I guess what I was getting at was I know that I will be going to work for a private service out there but should I go through one of the fire schools on my own or wait for a department to send me like I said I am a medic with about three yrs as a medic and 5 yrs as a basic so I am just thinking which way to go with this any more information would be great though

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    Yes, it would have been nice to know the rest of the story on the domestic need.

    As a seasoned medic you will be able to take about 80% more of the tests on the west coast. Although it would be great to have an acamedy under your belt to know the hands on I'm not aware of a department that requires it for their fire/medic positions.

    You can find more on testing secrets in the Career Article section from the Jobs drop down menu just above this posting.

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