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    Hello everyone,

    I'm new to this group, so I will introduce myself. My name is Bryan and I am
    seeking some help with the ins-and-outs of becoming a firefighter. Currently
    I am a teacher and I don't see myself doing it as my 'life-long' career. I
    have always wanted to be a firefighter and have taken tests both here in my
    city (El Paso) and in Seattle. I was pre-occupied with other things during
    the times I was trying for those departments and regret letting that get in
    the way. I really wish I could have put all my concentration towards my goal
    of becoming a firefighter much sooner. Although, I believe I have taken some
    steps that will begin my path toward becoming a firefighter once and for
    all. I have enrolled in an EMT Certification course at my local CC, as well
    as a couple of online Fire Technology courses and a Firefighter Physical
    Fitness course; all for the coming semester (Spring '06). I will also have
    my Firefighter Certification at the end of this year because I'm signed up
    to take the necessary courses in the Fall of this year. Here in El Paso, one
    can't even apply without being Firefighter Certified. I run and work out
    everyday, and I'm even trying to get my dad (retired from a local refinery
    here, was also part of the fire response team for the refinery) to get some
    old turn-out gear for me to use (possibly go to a stadium and go up and down
    the steps maybe). My determination has never been higher and I'm going to
    stop at nothing to be a firefighter and would like for some words of
    encouragement from some of you guys, as well as some good advice or stories
    that will help me out. I'm 28 years old and time stops for no one, so now is
    the time for me to put it in full throttle toward achieving my goal.

    What are some of your thoughts on me taking the EMT course as well as the
    other course this semester, all while I'm still working as a teacher? Will I
    be able to handle it? I think I can, but some of you might know more about
    some of the courses.

    Also, while I am attending the course for Firefighter Cert. this fall, it is
    going to be a 9-5 thing, Monday through Friday. It is also said that I
    shouldn't work during that time because of the strain of all the courses.
    Any advice on how I can work that out?

    Thanks for any information you all may give me and I'll be looking forward
    to having some decent conversations with you all.

    Thanks,
    Bryan


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    Welcome to the first phase of a very long process. Although will be though, it's great to hear that you have the right motivation to take the next steps.

    As for physical training, you need to find out the requirements from El Paso's recruiting office on physical agility testing. Some departments require a timed run and most require running towers. You are correct, going to the academy and teaching school will be difficult but not impossible. Just a question, if you will be attending fire classes 9-5 M-F, how will you have the time to teach your classes? You may consider taking a course during the summer or possibly an on-line course.

    I hope you accomplish your dream and welcome to the forums.
    "Training doesn't make you a good fireman, fighting fire makes you a good fireman"
    http://thedarksideof911.blogspot.com/
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    Thanks for the encouragement!

    Actually, I will be attending classes M-F, 9-5 during the Fall semester. So, I will finish this scholl year teaching (ends in May), and then quit my teaching job to attend those classes full-time. I'll most likely have to find a night job unless I want to take out a loan for living expenses (which I really don't want to do.) This semester I will be doing the EMT course at night, as well as some online courses.

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    Hope everything works out for you. Good luck.
    "Training doesn't make you a good fireman, fighting fire makes you a good fireman"
    http://thedarksideof911.blogspot.com/
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    Bryan,
    Welcome to the board. Teachers do extremely well as firefighters for the following reasons:
    1. They are smart and educated (degrees)
    2. They know how to read and write which means they do well on written examinations.
    3. They can learn new information
    4. They have a genuine interest in helping society
    5. They know how to interact with people
    Become physically fit, knock on the door of the local fire station and seek their guidance, enroll in fire science courses, find a mentor and most importantly LEARN HOW TO TAKE A FIRE DEPARTMENT INTERVIEW.

    Paul Lepore
    Battalion Chief
    www.Aspiringfirefighters.com

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