The "legacy" angle may or may not come into play, unless you apply for a job in the career FD where your Dad worked. It usually will not give you an edge anywhere else, unless he died in the line of duty. The legacy thing may help get you in the door, but ptromotion is on your own merit, test scores and assessments.
Second, my father was a career firefighter and retired after 24 years. Unfortunately he passed away and I can't ask him many questions about the department. But do local departments factor that in when they hire a prospective fire-fighter (i.e. do they like to promote legacies within the department.)
I am currently working a desk job and am really kind of tired of this line of work and would like to do something more meaningful with the benefit of helping others. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance,