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    Default Any former police officers turned firefighters?

    I've been throwing the idea around of possibly crossing over to the fire department. Just wondering if anyone on here has done this and how it worked out. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbardinelli View Post
    I've been throwing the idea around of possibly crossing over to the fire department. Just wondering if anyone on here has done this and how it worked out. Thanks.

    Joe
    Many have done it in Philly. I've never heard any of them complain!!!

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    Its been done. I suggest looking into some positions with the State of California at www.spb.ca.gov. You can then cross over to the state fire department if you want.

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    Whats the similarity between cops and firefighters? They both want to be firefighters.

    I have heard of many cops turned firefighters but have never heard of a firefighter going to be a cop. Same thing for single role EMS workers changing to firefighters. Things that make you go hmmmmmmmm.

    One of the main reasons that being a firefighter is better than being a cop is so people wave at you with all 5 fingers (does a thumb really count as a finger?)as I drive by.

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    Default Guns For Pillows Program

    In our small department we have two guys who have taken the guns for pillows program and love it!! They say they would never go back!! Only downfall would be the lack of OT. Cops get more side work than FF from the job.
    "Far better it is to dare mighty things than to take rank with the poor timid spirits, who know neither victory nor defeat." FDR

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    better to sleep on sheets than seats

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    both protect the peace, both are great bunch of guys imo

    My dad works for LAPD loves his job, never wanted or thought about anything else.

    I however am pursuing being a FF...

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    I have a good friend that went from fire to police. He loves it and has not regrets. There are a few out there that I know of.

    I also know of a few guys who switched from police to fire.
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    We have one firefighter that transfered from the PD to the FD. It's been about 7 years now and he still comes to work with a smile everyday.

    He kept his seniority for earned vacation weeks and his pension, but not for shift assignments.
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    We have a number of former troopers and local LEO's that have come to our large department. None of them have regretted it for one second...

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    I am a current LEO taking my FF I and II, I finished my EMT-B a few months ago, I am a reserve with a local FD and hope to go full time once I get all my certs.

    The biggest difference in the job is the fact that when FD arrives on scene, people are incredibly happy to see you. When I show up in my PD uniform, way different story.

    The stress is also different, the adreneline rush is there but not the same.

    The hardest part I have had adjusting too is staging, I cannot sit still on a bus while waiting for PD. Learning to adjust takes alot of effort because you can no longer run right into the fray.

    While I can't wait to go full-time FD, the pay is alot different, no off-duty work to speak of and FD around here pays less. The one good point is that my retirement system stays the same.

    Just remember, while it may be true that every cop secretly desires to be a fireman, we all know God made cops so fireman could have heros!

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    I appreciate all of the responses! Is it a requirement to have EMT certification prior to being hired or is that something that you get during the initial training?

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