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    Default Never took the explorer program...

    I am turining 21 in april of 2006 and I just made the decision about six months ago to pursue a career in the fire service. I feel like I am at an extreme disadvantage here. I have never been an explorer, and I am just learning the basics, and differences between certain tools, phrases, etc.

    I may have chosen this path a little late but I want it just as bad as anyone else. More than anything actually. But I was wondering if there are other options for me such as volunteer programs and such? I'm taking my EMT next semester and am hoping to get a job at an ambulence company if I don't make the cut for an LA/Orange county lifeguard position.

    I am a different person now than I was through high school. I had no direction, hated school, and pretty much did nothing constructive. I wish I had that time back to work towards what I want, but I don't. Hopefully there are some ways to get where I'm going with a little more experience.


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    You're only 20.....that's not late to be getting started. Now is a good time. Are you in college? (you mentioned "next semester"....) If so I'd suggest you don't push that aside....in any job, firefighting included, having a degree of some kind will definitely be an advantage to you....it always looks good on a resume and can be the edge you need to get into the job.

    You're young...get an education while you don't have any other commitments weighing you down. If you have the opportunity to take EMT, do that too, especially if you can get college credits for it. Many fire departments require EMT to even get your foot in the door.

    If you have the opportunity to volunteer somewhere, that could be help you out too, experience-wise...At the very least it will let you find out for sure if this is really the career for you. Good luck!
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    "I have a dream. It's not a big dream, it's just a little dream. My dream — and I hope you don't find this too crazy — is that I would like the people of this community to feel that if, God forbid, there were a fire, calling the fire department would actually be a wise thing to do. You can't have people, if their houses are burning down, saying, 'Whatever you do, don't call the fire department!' That would be bad."
    — C.D. Bales, "Roxanne"

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    Ditto to what dmleblanc said, if you have the opportunity, volunteer. This is a great place to learn alot of valuable information on firefighting. Do not be afraid to ask any kinds of questions.


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    Well being a jr. is an advantage, however, every firefighter out there was not a jr. hell five years ago when my dad saw me join and have so much fun he went to fire acadamy, no experience, and then did every thing fine. i see you are still in school, volunteering is the best thing to do if you have it where you live.

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    Yeah, if it hasn't been said already, exploring is NOT necessary to becoming a firefighter. It may be a small disadvantage, but nothing you can't overcome with studying, work, etc.

    Good Luck!
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