Hey everyone. im new to the site... Ive been reading quite a few of the posts trying to gather as much info as I can about how to become a firefighter. I have some questions that maybe some of you can answer or point me in the right direction.
I am a 25 yr old college grad with a business management degree... my current profession is being an Accountant.. (yes accountants make boat loads more than firefighters but im not all about the money so im looking into a career change).. I work heavy hours and only have time on weekends or maybe an hour or 2 in the late evenings to put time into cert's and other things that'll lead me into a firefighter career.
I also have military experience. I was in the navy but was given the choice to be released early. I suffered from a severe depression that landed me in a few hospitals. Now because I was a 4.0 honor grad in my Cryptologic Tech class (Cryptologic Technician Rating), high marks across the board, max on the pt tests, and attempted to get help with my issue they offered to pay for my college tuition... I received a General Discharge Under Honorable Conditions.. and it states "personality disorder" under my reason for discharge. THis was over 5 years.. This is my black mark on paper but off paper it has pushed me to obtain a college degree, pushed me to become physically and mentally stronger, learn how to make/manage money to buy the house, cars, and music equipment I want.... and to never stop learning/reading/researching.
I would like to know how the Fire Department would view this? Is this something they view as negative... see me as a mentally unstable person or could it be viewed as positive if they see Im serious about taking a pay cut to do something meaningful and already have an education and military experience and a wide range of skills many fields.
Currently im looking into the best way to go about getting my
State of Florida FF Certificate of Compliance
Any tips on the best way about obtaining these? Things I should know that might not be well known?
If my discharge issue isnt a automatic disqual I'll also begin to volunteer at the department to get a good understand of what it'll take to be successful..
Thanks for your help
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11-14-2005, 10:37 PM #1
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Obstacles to becoming a firefighter?
11-18-2005, 10:56 AM #2I suffered from a severe depression that landed me in a few hospitals.
Joining a Volly dept would not be a bad idea. You will gain experience and you will be able to see if it is something you really want to do."Training doesn't make you a good fireman, fighting fire makes you a good fireman"
11-21-2005, 09:21 AM #3
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I was also going to suggest joining a volunteer fire department! So, you're 25... I am 19 myself and dealt with depression (somewhat) last year when I went away to university. That led me to doing some research and late teen's/early 20's is a time for depression. I was misdiagnosed with Bipolar. My real dad has it, but the guy I was dating had it. Spending time with him brought the characteristics out in me. I came home for the holidays and went to the hospital--they said it was mild depression (homesickness) and that I wasn't Bipolar.2005 Pontiac Wave 5 Hatch
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11-21-2005, 09:35 PM #4
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- Nov 2005
Thanks for the replies.. yeah paris i was severely depressed. Im sure some doctors label patients as having disorders/problems so they can prescribe them to take a prescription of have them come back for more treatments. They wanted to give me Xanex. My problems couldnt be solved or even eleviated with a pill. They seemed to think it could.
I spoke to a captain at a small fire station here in new tampa and told him my situation. He said the same thing... that as long as it says honorable conditions in there im straight with them it shouldnt be a problem. He said that the military training and high GPA college degree will help me a lot. So if i can get good grades through EMT and Fire cert and do well on the Oral interview I think i'll be in good shape. The PT test wont be a problem at all..
Im trying to get into EMT classes right now. 4 classes are required and 1 of them is full. Im going to sign up for 3 and make a request to the instructor to let me join.
I have to find a fire station that has volunteer firefighters. Apparantly not all stations have volunteers.
12-06-2005, 03:45 PM #5
Be sure you don't have any felony convictions, or bad misdemeanors. You driving record and your work record must be good.
Most human relations departments for larger cities or counties will toss your application on a review if you have any of the above.Stay Safe and Well Out There....
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