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Any T-Nation Firefighters?


#1

For more reasons than I can list here, I have been deeply considering a career in firefighting. Recently, I am realizing this is something I won't wait to act on any further. I don't know any personally, although I have been frequenting some forums to get a better sense of what I am really about to get in to.

From what I understand, it takes a long time to become a full time employed firefighter. I am wondering if any successful firefighters here might have some insight that will help me develop a successful plan to accomplish this.

Thanks.


#2

I’m an aspiring firefighter as well. I’m getting my metal ticket right now which I hope to continue doing if I become a firefighter (it’s 4 days on, 4 days off right?). By the summer I want to get my first-aid and start volunteering as well. Any vets have any other advice?


#3

What really sucks is that Atlanta is laying OFF firefighters. Also, the closest county that is even accepting volunteer applications is about 30 miles away. I am on my way to fill out the app though. Not gonna let something as petty as job unavailabilty stop me. :slight_smile:

I’ll pack up my stuff and move to a completely new state if I have to. Dead set on doing this.

Any career firefighters have any constructive advice that helped you land your current job?


#4

I’ve been working on becoming a firefighter for 4 years now. I’ve got the CPAT coming up next month for what is supposed to be the best Department in my state.

4 bits of advice:

1- Keep up your conditioning/GPP if you have to do the CPAT.

2- Be patient. All of the firefighters I’ve talked to had to work for years to get hired. One guy I know is the son of a Battalion Chief and it took him 6 years of applying and getting rejected to finally get hired.

3- Get your EMT-B certification as soon as possible. Some departments won’t even look at your application if you aren’t certified.

4- Check the websites of the cities you are interested in often. They usually only accept applications for a short period of time once every year or two, then they hire from that pool of applicants.


#5

[quote]ty45 wrote:
I’m an aspiring firefighter as well. I’m getting my metal ticket right now which I hope to continue doing if I become a firefighter (it’s 4 days on, 4 days off right?). By the summer I want to get my first-aid and start volunteering as well. Any vets have any other advice?[/quote]

Metal ticket?