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    Default Question about being a FF?

    i would like to know if i need to apply at a fire house before applieing for the fire academy? or should i take the fire and emt course and then apply? i also heard that some police officers in academy get paid (sponsored) while in the academy? is that avaiable here in orlando? thanks in advance

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    Most Florida Fire depts require you to have both FFII and EMT to apply, if you are a medic some depts will sponsor you.... there are more than 5000 New FF/EMT's looking for work in Fla now and the academys are churning them out fast, much greater chances if the is a P after your EMT cert..

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    What Wakehead said is true. However, I did just get the call on Monday that I'm hired here in south Florida and I'm EMT-B/FF2. It wasn't easy. They hired 15 guys out of 165 that applied. Because of operational needs the department gave preference to the 5 paramedics and 4 paramedic students so I was one of the lucky 6 EMT's. So there is hope.

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    Congrats patrick!! WHere did you get hired? I am about to graduate from fire school and plan on applying to everywhere that will take an app.

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    Congrats pat, who picked you up???
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    There was a bulletin in our class the other day telling about 100's of jobs in SW FLA. Go to http://www.floridafirejobs.org

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    Thanks nextwave. I'll put in my app when I graduate next month.

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    thanks nextwave for the heads up.
    smokeeater10 hows the academy?
    what kind of advice can you give me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nextwave View Post
    There was a bulletin in our class the other day telling about 100's of jobs in SW FLA. Go to http://www.floridafirejobs.org
    should i apply first or do the academy and emt?

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    Thumbs up Academy

    Cardio, cardio cardio! You have to be in good physical shape. Study hard and if the school you are going to is anything like IRCC, get aquainted witth the word "sir".

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    Orange county has a non certified program where they will put you through emt and fire school. They only take about 30 recruits out of about a thousand applicants. Other than that, I would suggest you do emt, fire then paramedic if you don't get a job soon after that.

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    Smokeeater,
    I too attended IRCC, class 63 how about you?
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    Cool

    Class 110 is about to wrap things up. We have tower drills this week, state test practice and our finals next week and our state test is the following monday and tuesday.

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    Class 63 huh? I'll have to look for your class pic. Which one are you?

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    Gabelman and Parent still running things there????
    Tell em Lou from Martin County sta. 18 said Hi!
    Of course I did move to Colorado and am working out here!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wakehead View Post
    Gabelman and Parent still running things there????
    Tell em Lou from Martin County sta. 18 said Hi!
    Of course I did move to Colorado and am working out here!
    Gableman is one of our favorite instructors. Cpt Parent is in charge when Chief Hart is away. BTW, IRCC is building a whole new public safety complex. It will have a 6 story tower, a burn building, bunkrooms for new classes to do simulated a 24 hour shift. The police academy, forensics, and more. It is supposed to be one of the best in the country.

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    Talking

    Oh, I almost forgot. What's with the "retard chamber"?

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    Hey Wakehead, Thought you'd like this...
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    Great Pic..... I have no pics from back then...

    The Retard Chamber....... Just being realistic...I guess...

    Boy I would be Stocked if I could get a copy of that Fire School Class 63 photo on the wall... maybe Mike Gableman would help me out????? I am quite a distance away now.. In Colorado.

    good luck with the academy!
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    We took our written final Thursday... I got a 93. The practical is today. I can't wait to start applying for jobs!

    As far as the pic is concerned, it is mounted on your plack so I don't see how they would copy it for you. If you really want it, you should call the fire academy and speak to Chief Hart or Cpt Parent.

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    Good luck with the test!
    Have you thought about where you were going to apply???
    MC is awesome, PB is big!
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    Thanks! I nailed the practical! Just the State to do now... I plan on applying everywhere between Orlando and PBC. Maybe even south of there. My top choices are Martin, Palm Beach, St Lucie, Orlando, Orange County etc

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    Smile State Test

    I took the state written and practical Monday and Tuesday. The written was pretty easy. Everybody in our class passed. We all used the study guide offered with our text books (Jones and Bartlet) and had no problems.

    The practical was nothing new. Just the tripple with 4 skills. The Examiners were stern but fair. When it was through, I wanted to ask, "Is that it?"

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    Wow, since we're talking IRCC here, I just graduated from Class 111. My Dad graduated Class 23. Captain Parent is pretty much a machine. And Gabe, I wish he could have been there the whole class, but he hurt his shoulder pretty bad just after midterm.

    smokeeater, you guys got lucky and got your house burn. All we got was the burn trailer. I can't wait until the new PSC is finished, it's going to be amazing. I know this is going to sound crazy, but don't forget about Okeechobee County. It's not a bad department.
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