Re: Any Firefighters here?
It really depends where you want to end up, as in what dept, state, municipality. I am not familiar on your location but some states/depts. require that you have all of your education in advance before employment. Other states/depts. will hire you then you will go through their program and get paid why you do. For example, if you wanted to work for Houston TX. Charlotte NC, Boston MA, FDNY, etc you are hired first. I live in Florida and there are no depts. like that in this state. I have been a professional Firefighter/Paramedic for 15 years and I had to pay and train before I was hired. Then when you are eventually hired that dept. trains you on their SOP's. The depts. where you are hired first then put through training is more old school, traditional style that was started in the old city north eastern depts. I will say paying for fire standards, EMT, Paramedic, etc can get very expensive and to what was mentioned earlier by above forum members it is very, very, completive. As long as you have the heart and drive of wanting to help people go for it. If I could start all over again I would look across the county and apply to those depts. that hire you first and go through their training. Hope this helps. Good luck and stay safe.
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