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  • #16
    Contact Kris about the CPR class after you get your final acceptance letter. I would also wait to send the passport and all the paperwork in at the same time.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by peterbound View Post
      Contact Kris about the CPR class after you get your final acceptance letter. I would also wait to send the passport and all the paperwork in at the same time.
      Peterbound,
      Thanks for the info about the CPR class; I just sent an email to Kris about it. And thanks for the advice about waiting to send the "Offer Letter" and the signed "Offer Letter" until I get my passport. That’s what I planned on doing all along. I wanted to make sure I did the right thing, and not screw anything up. I am really stoked and excited about this opportunity, and I just really want to go, and as soon as possible. My ARFF School is next week; I am really stoked about that too!
      I was wondering though, I know the ARFF Firefighter certification and the ARFF Driver Operator certification will help me with any DOD firefighting jobs I apply for when I get back. But will working overseas, in Iraq, help me, or look good on my resume when I apply for DOD firefighting jobs when I get back? I know having experience is something I always need, but do you think putting it on my resume will help me get hired? Will my experience in Iraq help me to stand out above the rest of the applicants?

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      • #18
        Originally posted by CAFireman View Post
        Peterbound,
        Thanks for the info about the CPR class; I just sent an email to Kris about it. And thanks for the advice about waiting to send the "Offer Letter" and the signed "Offer Letter" until I get my passport. That’s what I planned on doing all along. I wanted to make sure I did the right thing, and not screw anything up. I am really stoked and excited about this opportunity, and I just really want to go, and as soon as possible. My ARFF School is next week; I am really stoked about that too!
        I was wondering though, I know the ARFF Firefighter certification and the ARFF Driver Operator certification will help me with any DOD firefighting jobs I apply for when I get back. But will working overseas, in Iraq, help me, or look good on my resume when I apply for DOD firefighting jobs when I get back? I know having experience is something I always need, but do you think putting it on my resume will help me get hired? Will my experience in Iraq help me to stand out above the rest of the applicants?
        Nope, if anything it might hurt you.

        And don't expect to get ARFF over there, unless somethings changed they don't offer it in country.

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        • #19
          Hey guys just got off the phone with my states rep office and they contacted the passport office yesterday and had it expedited. It's already in the mail and I should have it in the next couple days. Just wanted to put this information out there because it could probably help quite a few people that are just waiting on their passports. I was pretty skeptical about this but glad that it worked. Thanks to all of you who have shared info and advice on this thread its been real helpful. If anyone has insight on typically how long it takes to get that second packet that would be great too. Thanks again.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by peterbound View Post
            Nope, if anything it might hurt you.

            And don't expect to get ARFF over there, unless somethings changed they don't offer it in country.
            Why would it hurt me? Is it something that is looked down on? And why would doing something like going overseas hurt me for getting another DOD firefighting job?

            I am getting my ARFF Firefighter and my ARFF Driver Operator next week at the Alabama Fire College.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by CAFireman View Post
              Why would it hurt me? Is it something that is looked down on? And why would doing something like going overseas hurt me for getting another DOD firefighting job?

              I am getting my ARFF Firefighter and my ARFF Driver Operator next week at the Alabama Fire College.
              As far as a DOD position you should be alright, especially if you're prior military or reserved, or leaving that position. As far as local municipalities, they kinda frown on it. Some see it as you go overseas to make big $$$, kinda like selling out. They don't understand that people may go over there to make big $$ to pay off alot of debt and start over. Not everywhere is like that though. I think it has hurt me a little bit with some job tryouts since I've been back. But that is my two cents on it.

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              • #22
                Many civilian fire chiefs are former AF fire chiefs

                These Chiefs hate.. HATE contractors.

                Typically to make Chief you need to have manned a station as an FA as a SMSgt clicking the Chief box. Contractors are making it hard to do that.

                When they review your resume they tend to remember this painful fact.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by jwaskow View Post
                  As far as a DOD position you should be alright, especially if you're prior military or reserved, or leaving that position. As far as local municipalities, they kinda frown on it. Some see it as you go overseas to make big $$$, kinda like selling out. They don't understand that people may go over there to make big $$ to pay off alot of debt and start over. Not everywhere is like that though. I think it has hurt me a little bit with some job tryouts since I've been back. But that is my two cents on it.
                  Yea, I plan on trying to get back into the DOD system when I get back. I am prior active duty Navy; I am in the Reserve right now. When and if I go over there I’m going to have to go IRR, and then try to get back in when I get back. Yea I’m going over there for the money, why not, and the experience. With the money I could make over there, I will be able to get myself out of debt and help rebuild my credit, I will be able to buy me self a new Toyota Tacoma, and I will have put a good chunk of money away in my savings. Plus, when I get back I might to back to the Alabama Fire College to get my Driver Operator Pumper, Aerial, MWS, my HazMat Tech, and a few others. So I can help better qualify myself for any DOD job I apply for.

                  I was wondering Peterbound, what do contractors do to make Chiefs hate them? Also, what were you trying to say when you said: "Typically to make Chief you need to have manned a station as an FA as a SMSgt clicking the Chief box. Contractors are making it hard to do that."? What does FA mean, it obviously is an Air Force acronym?

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                  • #24
                    Depending on WSI's needs they sometimes offer the ARFF course or as I call it the Airport Firefighter course in Houston.

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