I currently am a firefighter in VA and am considering moving to CT to put my fiancee closer to her family. I am curious what the best route to go to hired on is. I understand that I would need to obtain a CPAT certificate before I can apply for a department. Is there any way to make myself a better candidate for departments in CT? I was thinking about moving to CT first and then putting myself through the state fire academy, but after reading another forum, i have been slightly discouraged. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.