I just wanted to ask your opinions on how I should proceed pursuing becoming a firefighter, mostly because of my age. 32
I have been interested in becoming a firefighter within the past few years, mostly because I am just so unsatisfied with my career ( computer server support) because i feel I am not really helping people out or doing anything important... anything that makes a differnece. This feeling was reinforced when I met my sister-in-laws three cousins who are FDNY. I asked them about it and they all said how much they loved it. I then found out about shifts, etc and even was more interested. When I saw that applications were being accepted now until August31, I jumped on that. I picked up an application, filled out and sent it in. I have been reading up on the tests, etc since then.
I'm excited about it, but I'm really wondering though, after reading through alot of the threads on this forum, is it worth it for someone my age to attempt this? Reading about how younger (right out of high school or a little older) people are taking fire science college classes, people with military backgrounds, EMTs, all seem to really be on track for becoming a firefighter, while I have none of that, and already 32, college is not really an option. Taking some classes, yes, but not a degree towards this. How much of a chance does someone my age, lacking that extra preparation, have to actually make it up the list and get hired? I realize I have plenty of time before I am at the top of the list, so I guess I could try to do things to improve my chances during that time. I plan to, but I am still figuring out what those things should be. I guess the only things I have going for me are that I am still in great shape. I workout 5 days a week and have for years. I stepped up the cardio to get ready for the test. I have a PADI advanced SCUBA certification. ( the town I would like to be hired by is on the Hudson river, so I assume being a diver would be a plus) But other than that, not much else.
I have read that some areas don't have age limits. NJ does. 35. ( i believe that is the whole state) FDNY is 30 I believe, so that's out.
So, I just wanted some opinions from people who know. You guys have been through all this already and know what is really involved. Let me know what you think.