Thread: certification?

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    Oct 2005

    Question certification?

    Hey, I am a 20 year college student trying to find out all of the possible paths to become a firefighter. I have a question about certification. Where are places you can go to get certified and how long does it take. Should I get certified before I start my fire science degree, or do both at the same time?

    Also when you volunteeer as a firefighter, is it on call or do you work shifts? Would they pay for my training?

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    West Central Michigan


    Hi Odonnsea, Welcome to the crew. I started out as a volunteer firefighter and have worked up from there. I believe most fire departments will pay for the training through a local training counsil. It all depends on what your area does. If you want to get into firefighting sooner than later I would recommend going and visiting your local fire department and see what they do for training. A fire science degree definitly helps when applying to a full time career department. Contact the fire department I believe you get your firefighter I & II through the fire science classes. Departments like real experience though so I would recommend getting into it now and work towards you goals. If you have any more questions you can email me at
    Lietuenant 107
    Morton Township Fire/Rescue
    "Good to Go"

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