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    Default Required Items

    The PX at Victory has all the basic items you will need. Go light on the packing since you will obtain even more issued clothing from Houston. Plan on having a loved one ship out some rubber boots for the rainy season. Since it will rain the mud looks like cake batter. But that should not be needed again till the end of the year. I hauled my laptop over with me and since I am using it for work typing up the fire inspections and such I'll write it off. The CPA I am using deals allot with Expat's his web link is http://www.palazzocpa.com

    Also before you head out contact a financial planner but you have to meet them before you head out. Personal contact is required before they can help you with any plans for the income. I came from Maryland and will use one in Northern Virginia if you wish contact me off line and I'll be happy to provide his web link.

    Last but not least work out while your here it's free and it helps make the time go by a lot quicker. I have started and with the exception of my week on dispatch I have done it every day like we are supposed too.

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    I know I asked this in the Info about Iraq thread, but if anyone has any pictures you have taken while on base and in iraq, would you mind sharing them with me? I want to see what the bases look like and stuff. I'm still riding the fence on going. I sent my resume and i have my first app. filled out but its not sent yet. Just want to make sure this is something for me.

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    trooper any suggestions on what type of luggage, duffle to take??

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    Quote Originally Posted by trooperthorn
    You asked for it.

    2001 pennsylvania avenue, nw, Washington, DC 20006
    t: 202-557-3680 f: 202-557-3660 web: http://www.wackenhut.com


    Firefighter Information

    Wackenhut Services, LLC. is currently accepting applications for professional fire fighters (ranks of Fire Fighter, Lieutenant, Captain, and Training Officer) for immediate employment in Iraq. Primary duty will be on secure military bases. Minimum one year contract. You must be U.S. citizen. Annual salaries starting at $90,000. Excellent benefits include medical, vision and dental, plus life insurance. Complete uniform and full turn out gear issued. You will be working and living on a US military base and will not be going out to the local communities or training local firefighters.

    The approximate salaries vary by position. A Firefighter salary begins at $90,000 and salaries increase by rank. The IRS has a tax guideline that stipulates that if you work outside of the United States for 330 days out of a year then you will qualify for the $80,000 tax free credit. This figure includes plus-ups:

    o Hazardous Duty pay;
    o Foreign Service bonus; and
    o Work Area Differential

    Please let me know if you would like the salary of a particular position. You will get paid every two (2) weeks by direct deposit and the work week will consist of 12 hour shifts--7 days a week.

    Food and housing in-country, on a military base, will be provided and you will have a total of three 10-day R&Rís:

    o 120 days;
    o 240 days; and
    o at the end of the year.

    For the first two R&Rs we give you an additional $860 to go towards a ticket to a destination of your choice and for the third R&R we fly you back to your point of origin (home).

    You are also allotted an additional $2.56/hour to be applied to a benefits program, consisting of health, dental and vision insurance, for you and your dependents. (Approximately $443 per month).

    Minimum requirements for all Positions:
    DOD, IFSAC or NFPA certification at:
    Fire Fighter Level I and Level II
    EMT Certification or Medical First Responder Training
    Hazardous Materials Technician Certification (awareness or ops is also acceptable)
    Minimum 1 - 3 years fire fighting experience (career or voluntary)
    Preferred Experience:
    Former Military Fire Fighters
    International experience
    ARFF experience
    Additional Requirements: Valid driver's license and a
    valid passport by scheduled departure date.
    Background investigation, pre-employment drug screening, and physical agility tests are conducted. Applicants will be subject to post offer physicals and respiratory use approval.
    Firefighter Job Description:
    The firefighters will be responsible for the delivery of the fire department emergency response services to the base assigned. Their duties will also include community [base] fire education, fire prevention inspections, fire code enforcement, facility support and pre-fire planning.
    The firefighters will be responsible to insure that all of their training requirements are up to date, that they follow all of the rules, regulations and orders of the [base] fire department and that they complete all work assignments as assigned by their company officer.
    Please let me know if you have any questions or would like additional information. Please email a copy of your resume to kkluzinski@wsihq.com

    Certification needs to be IFSAC or PROBOARD, if you aren't sure, it probably is not. On my signature above on the first post is a link to Bucks.edu or you can go to www.mfri.org. They can help you with transfering your certs or challenging the cert. When I get more options I will List them
    What is the take home pay every two weeks for firefighters over there and is there any extra allowance.

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    The contract that I have says, 17.45 an hour. Many are working 96 hours the last I heard so figure take home from that. It will also depend on what you accountant can do for you.

    I was told to pack my gear in a back pack, That way you can carry it easier, but try to stay away from military looking gear, It will attract some unwanted attention in foreign airports.

    Sorry so slow on return emails, finishing up Fire Inspector III before I leave and have been busy with homework.

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    tikcuff9905 is absolutely correct about trying not to stand out. let me tell you, when you travel through the dubai airport,even if you arent wearing any "american apparrel" you will still stand out. but another word of advice, dont wear any hats inside the airport. the locals tend to get a little ****ed about it. also, if you go out, go in groups. never travel alone. its safer!!! remember, the u.a.e. is an ally, but they still dont like americans.

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    Cool Pics of Balad/Anaconda

    Here are some pics from the first time I was there in 04. I am going back on the 20th
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    question about paperwork. seems like we need to bring copies of everything we've already provided again and again. is this normal ops for this kind of stuff?
    Also does anyone know if your copy of your EMT-D cert. can stand in for your CPR card or do they want an American Heart Assco. card? this was listed as one of the copies to provide in Houston.

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    How is the interaction between GI's and firefighters? Are we allowed to interact with them? Do they snub us? How is the security at the airports we land at? Who picks us up from the airport? Sorry if these questions are dumb but it is vital for me to know for my decision making.

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    Yea, that helped out a lot. Thanks. I'm pretty sure I'm going now so I am going to send my app. out this week. Thanks to everybody who has answered my questions!!

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    at what point do you know where you'll be stationed at? and once you arrive in BIAP and meet the KBR peeps, do they send you off by ground or air transport?

    how long do you stay in Dubia, does everyone fly into dubia first than onto BIAP or is it a crapshoot?

    whats training like? guessing it has a lot to do with the crew your with. does the military set up our SOG's or up to company/base officer?

    march 20th is coming up fast!!!!!

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    thanks Tikcuf,

    my mistake on the CPR thing. i must have been seeing things when looking through my stuff. hope that didn't screw anyone up. as for the rest, made at least 5 copies of everything they could possibly want from me.
    thanks again

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    Quote Originally Posted by ropholof
    at what point do you know where you'll be stationed at? and once you arrive in BIAP and meet the KBR peeps, do they send you off by ground or air transport?

    how long do you stay in Dubia, does everyone fly into dubia first than onto BIAP or is it a crapshoot?

    whats training like? guessing it has a lot to do with the crew your with. does the military set up our SOG's or up to company/base officer?

    march 20th is coming up fast!!!!!
    1) they'll let you know when they know. based off of staffing at the time.
    2) KBR picks you up at the airport and brings you to the compound
    3) Dubai can be from 2 days to 12 hrs or up to 7 days....
    4) training? I'll let you know some time after tomorrow...but be prepared to work.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by waynejorgensen
    1) they'll let you know when they know. based off of staffing at the time.
    2) KBR picks you up at the airport and brings you to the compound
    3) Dubai can be from 2 days to 12 hrs or up to 7 days....
    4) training? I'll let you know some time after tomorrow...but be prepared to work.....

    sounds good to me!
    thanks

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    How often do you train and will there be any certification classes? One of the reasons, among others, of why I'm signing up is for the training. Is the training worth it? If this is something that cannot be said "on air" email me at rob_o_bgs@yahoo.com.

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    Cool Here we go!!!

    Well gentlemen I am officially in the March 20th group, Sent all packages back to WSI and will be getting plane tickets in a few days. I am sure I will be with alot of great people, so shoot back to let me know who is all in this group. Plus if anybody has any questions about ops over there let me know I was there in 04 with USAF.

    Thanks,
    Doug

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    Who has the bigger salary, the WSI guys or KBR? I was just curious. I'm sure theres not much difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robobgs
    How often do you train and will there be any certification classes? One of the reasons, among others, of why I'm signing up is for the training. Is the training worth it? If this is something that cannot be said "on air" email me at rob_o_bgs@yahoo.com.

    I'll tell you like I was told - we aren't guaranteed anything other than 40 hrs a week......that include NO classes....but if you WORK...and stand out (in a good way) then you'll stand a chance to go to classes.

    Not trying to bust your stones...but those words were spoken to my group by some "upper management types" before I left baghdad....

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    hey reskyouman,

    see you march 20th! David here by the way.


    Quote Originally Posted by RESKYOUMAN
    Well gentlemen I am officially in the March 20th group, Sent all packages back to WSI and will be getting plane tickets in a few days. I am sure I will be with alot of great people, so shoot back to let me know who is all in this group. Plus if anybody has any questions about ops over there let me know I was there in 04 with USAF.

    Thanks,
    Doug

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    Where ya from Ropholof, ever been before, any military exp...

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