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    If you have a firefighter/EMT certification does it increase your pay and chances of being hired to a department?


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    Quote Originally Posted by kylejbrunson
    If you have a firefighter/EMT certification does it increase your pay and chances of being hired to a department?
    Generally speaking I think the answer is no. I'm sure exceptions will be mentioned but it's all in how you present yourself and your experience(s).

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    Most departments in Florida will only hire certified ff2 with EMT or higher.

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    Here, you can be hired full time and have NO certifications. The department will send you to the academy to get GA Basic Firefighter, and possibly NPQ Firefighter I if you pass the practicles, but NPQ is not required. They REQUIRE you to become at least a EMT-I within 18 months of being hired. It is up to the individual firefighter to get in an EMT class and have it done in that time frame. They are just now moving to where they are requiring all officers to be at least Haz-Mat Operations, some Haz-Mat Tech. The more certs you have the better.

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    To be a serious contender on the West Coast you need to have at a minimum an EMT license. Many candidates have a FF1 academy and are working todayd an AS degree in Fire Science. Many others are adding a Paramedic license to their list.

    While it depends on your area of the country, I would highly encourage you to get your EMT certificate.

    Paul Lepore
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    www.aspiringfirefighters.com

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    On the Fed side, you most likely won't even get looked at w/out EMT and FF II or better. And the certs need to be IFSAC or Pro-Board, nothing else counts. It's getting tougher and tougher everywhere.

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    By Pro Board do you mean NPQ?

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    The actual term for it is "National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications", but even their website just calls it ProBoard. Link is:
    http://www.theproboard.org/default.htm

    DOD will only accept these certs for conversion to their certification levels.

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