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    Default Texas Firefighters..??

    Hi. I am finally beginning the process to become a firefighter here in TX. I am taking my basic EMS courses at a local community college. I know that if I am a paramedic firefighter, I will be more competitive in the job market. I understand that I have to take and do well on the civil service exam. However, when are they offered, etc? What should be my next step now that I am taking my basic EMS classes?? Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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    Kevin,

    It will really depend on the department on what their requirments will be. Yes having your FF/EMT-P will be a help. Houston for example will still require you to go through a "fast track" program. This is a couple months and designed for those who already have a FF cert. Houston and many other Texas depts are hiring only paramedics or will send you to school to become one, so having prior to applying should be a plus.

    You will have to check with each individual city to inquire about dates of civil service exams. They do not happen too often so if there is one coming up soon, take it. Another thing to consider, departments will vary in regulations for college hours. You need to check into that also to make sure you have enough credits to be hired.

    My suggestion, get a plan together of a few departments you are interested in. Contact their recruiting office and ask ask ask. You will find all the info you need to base your EMT classes and college courses on. Fill out as many apps as you can until you get a job.

    Best of luck to you!
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    Hey, I'm currently a FFI/EMT-B for Wisconsin and I'm half way through Paramedic right now. I was just wondering if anyone out there knew if any of these certs. will carry over to Texas. If noone does know it would be great if someone please point me in the direction so that I could find out for myself. I'm interested in Houston Fire but was curious about what would all carry over. any help is greatly appreciated.

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    [QUOTE=jmitchell]Kevin,

    Another thing to consider, departments will vary in regulations for college hours. You need to check into that also to make sure you have enough credits to be hired.

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    I have my college degree already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwikylube
    Hey, I'm currently a FFI/EMT-B for Wisconsin and I'm half way through Paramedic right now. I was just wondering if anyone out there knew if any of these certs. will carry over to Texas. If noone does know it would be great if someone please point me in the direction so that I could find out for myself. I'm interested in Houston Fire but was curious about what would all carry over. any help is greatly appreciated.
    Do you have an IFSAC seal? The only way your FF would carry over is if Wisconsin is an IFSAC State. It not, you would have to repeat an academy prior to applying in Texas. If you do have the seal, then you will be able to subit your certs to the Texas Commission on Fire Protection.

    As for your paramedic, are you Nationaly Registered? If so, Texas is an NREMT state and will carry over. You will have to submit your certs to the Texas Dept of Health Services to be certified.
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    What part of Texas you live in and I'll try to provide you with a list of departments that are hiring

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    Thumbs up texas fire....

    Hey guys, Im a Texas Firefighter 2/EMT-P... I went through the Temple Firetraining and EMT-B course after getting back from Iraq... Then moved to San Antonio where i went through EMT-P/... after that... in Texas, you can go pretty much anywhere... its good to have goals, find out how much time you will have to have for each course, and such, but dont be afraid to apply for large departments... in San Antonio, even if you are a 10 year Vet with 12 years as a Paramedic, you have to go through the full Fire Academy AND through teh EMT-Basic school again. so if you can get onto a department that will pay for you to go to school and pay you while attending, thats the best way~

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    I'm in North Richland Hills currently looking to move by the end of the year into a house--possibly Keller. Anyway, what is my best bet as far as taking EMS basic classes, civil service exam? I don't want to do anything that isn't necessary at this point. I'm currently registered to take EMS classes and that is all--haven't taken civil service exam, etc. Thanks.

    Kevin

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    Thanks guys. I've decided to not take the EMS basic classes. Basically, I've been told that it won't help me get a job. I need to do well on my civil service exam and then get hired and paid for my training. In the meantime, I need to find a job until then. What did you guys do while waiting to get into a fire dept..?? Thanks.

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    I am in the DFW area also. One of the worst things that you can do is just give up schooling and just go for the civil service departments. In this area you will spend alot of years to get a job at one of those departments. Continue your training and you will be rewarded for your dedication. I am a Firefighter II, and Liscensed Paramedic. I did go to school for a number of years (2 1/2), but my options for departments was alot better. I did finally get my first job with one of the fastest growing cities in this area. Training is worth it. Think about it.

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    It's too late for classes for this semester. I talked with a recruiter and he said that the classes wouldn't help me get in any dept. Basically, do well on the civil service exam. My wife and I decided it's too much money anyway to take the classes here in Tarrant county--I'm not a resident officially yet. Suggestions on study guide material for civil service? Thanks.

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