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    Default Looking to get into FFing in Metro Atlanta Area

    Hello. I'm looking at getting info FFing/EMT on a full-time paid basis. I did a little volunteering about 3 or 4 yrs ago before the dept went to full-time career basis (the small city dissolved the all volunteer dept and contracted with the county). At the moment I'm an airline pilot flying as a first officer for one of the US Airways Express carriers. I have been back flying for the airlines about 3 yrs now. I took a brief stint off from flying after 911 (2 yrs or so) because there were no jobs. I took a sales job and didn't really like it at all even though I was making good money. Well when the airlines started hiring again I jumped back into the flying game because I missed it. I flew corporate jets and flight instructed for about 2 yrs before 911. Well after 3 yrs I still enjoy flying I'm just a little burned out being gone from home half the month. We average 14-16 days off per month. That still doesn't change the fact that I'm gone the other 14-16.

    I really want to be home more because after only 3 yrs back in the flying game I feel I have missed so much of my 5 yr old son growing up. I also got divorced about 2 yrs ago as well. I started the EMT-B program at Lanier Tech and went until the end but had to many absences due to work to finish the quarter. Well now with a little better seniority (we bid our monthly schedules based on pure seniority) I think I could get the days off that I need to complete the EMT program. It would be tough but I think I could do it even if I had to call in sick a time or 2 to finish the quarter although I hate the idea of doing that. It would be much easier if I could get hired and then complete EMT school. I wouldn't mind sometime down the road getting my EMT-P.

    Right down I'm a first officer making about 45k per yr, I'm about 1.5 to 2 yrs away from making regional jet captain and making 65-70K per yr. So right now it wouldn't be to big of a pay hit to get into FFing full-time and I have numerous contacts of people I could fly for on my days off in the metro Atlanta area on a daily contract basis making 300-400 per day on my days off so that would make up some if not all the difference. I think once I make captain and started earning a pretty nice paycheck it would be pretty tough to walk away from the job.

    What would you guys do if you were in my shoes? Try to get hired at one of the larger depts that don't require you to already be an EMT? Try to knock out the EMT while continue to work my airline job? I know this will help my chances at getting hired. What depts in the metro atlanta area would you target? I live on the northside but I'm open to drive anywhere within a 30 or 40 mile reference for a job.

    Sorry for being so long winded. Just wanted to give you guys a complete background on myelf so I can make an informed decision. Thanks again.

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    I lived in the metro ATL area for 6 years. Was not involved in the fire service there, but there are many oppertunities. There is a string of websites, ScanGwinnett, ScanCobb, Scan.... that you should check out. Alot of firefighters are members and active in the chat rooms and they will be able to give you more help as to the specifics of each department's hiring process. Hope that helps.
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    This is something you need to decide out for yourself. If you need the money then stay where you are at. As for being off you might gain a couple more days off. We work 24 and off 48. If you want to be a FF and love it there shouldn't be much to think about. Good luck on your decision.

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    I guess my question is more of should I pursue my EMT while still doing my airline job, or focus all my time and energy when I'm off to just getting hired without my EMT. I just want to maximize my chances and was wondering if you guys thought laready having my EMT-B before applying would help out a lot. I know how the shifts work like I said I vollied at a combo dept before it was contracted out to the county. Yes I might gain a few more days off but I wouldn't really be "gone" from home. Sleeping in various hotel rooms on the road 14-16 days per month gets old, although some guys love this job and couldn't imagine dueing anthing else. I just don't happen to be one of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BJJFighter View Post
    I guess my question is more of should I pursue my EMT while still doing my airline job, or focus all my time and energy when I'm off to just getting hired without my EMT. I just want to maximize my chances and was wondering if you guys thought laready having my EMT-B before applying would help out a lot. I know how the shifts work like I said I vollied at a combo dept before it was contracted out to the county. Yes I might gain a few more days off but I wouldn't really be "gone" from home. Sleeping in various hotel rooms on the road 14-16 days per month gets old, although some guys love this job and couldn't imagine dueing anthing else. I just don't happen to be one of them.
    Having your EMT card would help (atleast I think) some places give you bonus points if you have your FFII,EMT B,I,P card and even college credits. So if your EMT class doesn't cause any hardships with you current work schedule I would say go for it.

    On a side note, the hotel bed is probablly more comfortable then the bed we sleep on at the station...

    Good Luck to you!

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