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American Firefighter in the U.K.

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  • American Firefighter in the U.K.

    My fiance is a UK citizen and her family all live in Scotland. She wants to move back to Scotland to be close to her dieing mother. Well I told her I would do it as long as I could be a firefighter over there. My question is, does anyone know if they accept IFSAC, ProBoard, or DOD certifications? What about National Registry for EMT? Do they only allow U.K. Citizens to work in Fire and EMS?

    We are getting married middle of next year so I should be able to apply for U.K. citizenship after that. Not sure how long it will take to get once applied for.

    Any answers or direction to where I can find answers would be appreciated.

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    Lasko, haven't seen any replies for you, but here is some info late as it is.....
    In the UK they don't use international certs, they have their own system. Everyone starts as a FF and works their way up, you can't jump into the system as a new guy and into a higher position regardless of your background. The system is almost country run, once your in you may be under a region for leadership, but it's all the same system. You would need citizenship, or at least the equivalent of the green card. Positions are like in the us, to many candidates and to little openings. You will find it very hard to get a position. You may have to go through their academy as well. Pay isn't good either, but the retirement isn't bad. If you plan on staying for 20+ years, it's no different then in US you can have a retirement, but taxes in the UK I think are much worst then the U.S......good luck


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