Have you considered a trade? A lot of departments do like their candidates to have a trade, as it shows they know how to use tools, problem solve, have knowledge of building construction and work as a team to complete projects. It can be a good option for younger guys as it gives you that life experience that departments desire, while at the same time providing a decent pay check and paid schooling. Plus when you get hired, it could allow for some extra income on your days off.
Also keep in mind that fire departments are very involved within their community. They like to see individuals who have a dedication to volunteering. My advice would be to not just volunteer with somewhere to pad the resume, but find something you're genuinely passionate about.
Anyways, thats just my $0.02
Long gone are the days where you can graduate from a fire program take a weekend rope course and expect a job. It happens but is VERY rare. It seems now that NFPA 1001 is just a minimum requirement that almost everyone has.
If I could do it all over again I would work towards a trade right after high school. While working at that trade I would do the online texas program just so it would open all doors for me to apply to all departments. I would also pick ONE maybe two organizations to volunteer as much time as possible. Not a little bit of time with a bunch of different ones. Then once hired on I would continue working my trade on the side and continue to volunteer
Also** start working on interviews TODAY. If you wait until you get that call.. its WAY too late...Interviews are the most difficult and under prepared for portion of the process in my opinion
RopeRescue101 wrote:This is so very helpful thank you so much I’ am registered with FESTI for NFPA1and2 doing online portion now... I am gonna get DZ as well as EMR and I wanna do courses like rope and lifeguard to add assets to my resume.. I’m thankful you told me about the interview practising thank you guys so much for your help with everything
I would say to be honest, if I were to pick between NL or Ski patrol, I would go with the ski patrol HANDS DOWN.
Just my opinion
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RopeRescue101 wrote:What are you best courses to take for firefighting in the medical and rescue fields ? I know paramedic would be the best option but let’s go down a different route ... what about say NL national lifeguard and maybe an EMR or ski patrol .. what are some things a guy should take if he didn’t wanna spend 2 years in school for paramedic
Take any course you are interested in. A course that you can help you succeed in your current profession or career. Any business course, OHS is an upcoming field (with a lot of well paying jobs i might add). It really depends what your interests are. If you are looking for fire only courses look at NFPA.org online training you can get your Certified Fire Inspector Level I,II and Certified Fire Plans Examiner designations for under 400 bucks each american.
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