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    Hey all...

    1st time poster...so go easy...but have some questions about becoming a fire fighter.

    Aside from my time in the Navy doing basic EMT and firefighting I've never done anything really...no one in my family does or really anyone I know (my best friend is a cop...but that's a little different)

    not sure why this is calling to me...but it is...

    but, here's the thing, I'm 32 years old...in good shape and actually wanting to do a job that means something (corporate america is not for me anymore)

    but, am I too old to start? should I content myself with being a volly somewhere? or...say screw it and give 110% and try?

    I know each city is different...so answers may vary...but...just curious.

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    Originally posted by mobious74 View Post
    Hey all...

    1st time poster...so go easy...but have some questions about becoming a fire fighter.

    Aside from my time in the Navy doing basic EMT and firefighting I've never done anything really...no one in my family does or really anyone I know (my best friend is a cop...but that's a little different)

    not sure why this is calling to me...but it is...

    but, here's the thing, I'm 32 years old...in good shape and actually wanting to do a job that means something (corporate america is not for me anymore)

    but, am I too old to start? should I content myself with being a volly somewhere? or...say screw it and give 110% and try?

    I know each city is different...so answers may vary...but...just curious.
    First thing I got to do is Welcome to the forums, alright well if you wanna be a firefighter, begin by finding the Fire Academy after you retire from the NAVY usually there websites show what their requirements usually you have to take a test of basic adult education. Then you need a physical. OK my advice is begin training this is what I am doing for the next 2 years of my life, and if you are worrie about your age been a problem i'll make you feel better our oldest firefighter is 45 so dont feel bad. JUST TRY IT Doesnt hurt !!
    Last edited by FLexplorer305; 02-11-2007, 06:20 PM.

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    • #3
      Figure out where you and your family(if you have one) would think about wanting to live. Find out age requirements and other pre-hiring requirements for potential fire dept.'s you may be interested in. It may take some footwork and phone calls. Get out and visit a firehouse. In any case do what feels right. Good luck!

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      • #4
        thanx for the replies and the welcome.

        Denver is will be where I'm at...and surrounding areas. I've looked at the fire academy there...as well as the community college program.

        looks like I have my work cut out for me...but...I think it will be worth it.

        now I'm just gonna keep my ears open ask a lot of questions and keep reading these forums.

        cheers,

        BT

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        • #5
          32 is in no way too old to start. We have hired several guys that were well into their 40's.

          Go for it!




          Kevin
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          • #6
            Hi Mobious,

            What was your rate in the service? I was DC for 5 years.
            Anywho...is this job for you? Well that is truly a question only you, yourself can answer. Do you really want it? Do you want to be a FF, and willing to do what it takes?
            Answer that first before jumping in.

            So at 32, yes you can still get on the job, there are many fire departments that do not have an age limit and many that go to 35. Your military time will help with that requirement too, because you may be able to subtract your time in service from the age deadline. So say the limit is 35, you have 4 years in and you are 39...you can still apply for the job.

            Second...what kind of schooling do you have? do you have a Associates, Bachelors or what? Some departments ask for A.S. in Fire Protection, but many will take a bachelors degree too. If no prior FF experience...look into a local tech or community college and get your FF certifications. Those along with a degree will look good to many depts.

            As for your Navy FF training...don't count on that for an experience factor, even if you were DC. Also most military qualifications don't work into what a Human resources dept looks for. (IE) If the qualifications needed are degree, FF1, FF2 certification or so many hours as a FF. Don't count on the military experience to help you...Most HR personnel don't know what a rate, MOS is let alone OSL, access/overhaul, locker leader etc.

            Anyway if you are in the corporate world...chances are you have some type of education....if not, take the FF certification courses...at least you would know if you want to do the job. Also it helps to get on a volunteer dept....many of those will help pay for certification classes.

            As for 32....In my hiring class there was a 30, 31 and 37 y/o, so you have some time. I'll be 32 this July. Good luck to you and hope it works out for you.
            The thoughts and opinions posted here are mine and mine alone and do not reflect the thoughts and or views of city or dept affiliation.

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            • #7
              well...back in the day I was a DP (now merged into IT) and followed that after USN...ended up with a BS in computer science...

              big switch from being a geek to wanting to fight fires...but...just want a job with meaning...

              I've been reading up...and have my work cut out for me...but it's good to have goals!

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              • #8
                Well best of luck to you...if you have a BS in computer science, to learn FF is not that hard. That degree will help a lot, many depts like the AS in Fire Science or a BS in anything. Just get the fire certifications, get with a volly dept if possible, then have fun with the job search.
                The thoughts and opinions posted here are mine and mine alone and do not reflect the thoughts and or views of city or dept affiliation.

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                • #9
                  You are not too old to begin a career change. With your military background, you do have an edge, and your training in IT can be helpful in today's data driven world.

                  Go for it!
                  ‎"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
                  Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY

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