I am a permanent Florida resident (non-U.S. citizen) who recently got accepted into medical school in Miami, but am thinking of rejecting it to pursue a career in firefighting. After some online research, I have noticed that some stations have a citizenship requirement, while others do not. Does the state of Florida have a U.S. citizen requirement to become a firefighter? Or does it depend on the city?
I do have a Green Card (my wife is American), and expect to obtain my citizenship within the next three to four years. However, within the next year I plan to be finished with both my EMT and Firefighting I & II certifications, and would hate to have to sit around and wait for my immigration status to change. Any help would be appreciated... thanks.
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04-01-2008, 11:27 AM #1
Can non-U.S. citizens become firefighters in the state of Florida?
04-01-2008, 05:39 PM #2
To work for each city, may vary.
But seriously, give up med school, to become a Fireman?AJ, MICP, FireMedic
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04-01-2008, 07:56 PM #3
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- Dec 2001
- Sunny South Florida
Yes, we have 3 Englanders, not all were full citizens when they got hired.If your going to cry about doing the job you signed up for do us all a favor and quit, there are plenty of dedicated people standing in line for the best job in the world.
04-02-2008, 08:27 PM #4
04-04-2008, 09:20 PM #5
Thank you for your responses.
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