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    im an 8404 corpsman currently serving overseas with the marine corps when i get back im starting my bachelors in Fire science and emergency mangement i was wondering if my prior military and degrees would effect how easy it would be for me to get a job as a full-time ff paramedic i used to be ff2 and nremtb cert. but i had to let my certs lax because of being deployed. so if anyone has any advice on this please let me know

  • #2
    Would check to see if you can get your certs renewed without going through the entire class

    Do you know what state you want to work in???


    • #3
      Thank you for serving our country and making it a safer place for all of us. As far as certifications go it depends on what they are as to how they will be able to be applied toward the fire service.
      Here is an article that I wrote about military men and women transitioning into the fire service.

      Military Experience
      Candidates who have served our country in the Armed Forces have a
      huge advantage over those who have not. It is generally believed that while
      military veterans may not have as many certificates and fire science units as
      other candidates (they were busy serving our country), they offer so much

      There is no substitute for life experience. The personal growth a young
      man or woman experiences in the military is second to none. This growth is
      of course magnified depending on the assignments held. Many of those who
      join the military at a young age grow up very rapidly when put into dangerous

      Being assigned to the front line is not required to get “credit” for serving in
      the military. Fire departments realize that there are many support roles that
      require dedication and commitment. While there is only one person on the
      nozzle that puts out the fire, there are numerous other assignments that need
      to take place on the fire ground. It is important that a firefighter be willing to
      work in a support role for the good of the team.

      The fire service is a para-military organization. Many of the common
      terms in the fire service, such as Captain and Lieutenant, were taken directly
      from the military. Words like code, honor, commitment, and integrity are
      clearly understood by those in the military. These qualities are also extremely
      important in the fire service, because firefighters are held to a higher standard
      than the average person in the community.

      Men and women with military backgrounds are usually very mature,
      regardless of their age. They understand the need to get along with others,
      especially with people who come from backgrounds different from their own.
      Military people demonstrate respect for authority and understand the chain
      of command. The fire service operates on the same hierarchy principle as
      the military.

      Physical fitness is emphasized in the military. As a result, military men
      and women are usually in very good shape. This is extremely important to
      the fire service, because the number one reason entry-level candidates fail
      out of the academy is due to poor physical fitness. In addition, a physically
      fit firefighter will miss less time due to injury than a firefighter who is not fit.
      Military personnel have been taught the importance of a life-long physical
      fitness program and the importance of proper diet. These good habits will be
      shared with the firefighters in the station.

      Military men and women are used to working in a structured environment.
      They understand commitment and the need to work until the job is completed.
      They are used to working for long periods of time in less than ideal conditions.
      They understand the importance of doing something right the first time.
      Similar to the fire department, people’s lives are impacted if things are not
      kept in a constant state of operational readiness. Firefighters must check
      out their equipment each and every day. They must know the intricacies of
      each tool kept on the engine or truck. Training and continuing education are
      essential to the fire service. It is imperative that firefighters are able to work
      unsupervised; completion of a job or task is a reflection of them.
      Getting along in the fire station is critically important to being successful
      in the fire service. Courtesy to fellow firefighters is critical. Cleaning up after
      oneself is expected. This is one of the first things learned in Basic Training
      in the military.

      One of the strengths found in military men and women, however, is also
      commonly a cause of strife during their probationary year. People who have
      earned rank in the military are used to giving orders. As a rookie firefighter
      you are expected to take orders, not give them. Humility is an extremely
      important quality to possess as a rookie firefighter.

      Rookie firefighters who have spent time in the military are often older
      than the average candidate. It is not uncommon for an older probationary
      firefighter to be working under the tutelage of a much younger senior firefighter,
      engineer, or even lieutenant or captain. If the rookie firefighter does not have
      the proper mind set, he or she will be in for a difficult probationary year.
      If you are still in the military and are interested in a career in the fire
      service, it is important that you start making provisions NOW. If possible,
      put yourself in a position to get fire service-related training such as Medic or
      Corpsman. Hazardous Materials and firefighter training will also be beneficial.
      Lastly, work on general education courses so you can earn your Associates
      degree. Start taking online classes NOW.
      Do not be intimidated by all of the candidates who have every certification
      under the sun. They were able to obtain these as full-time students while you
      were busy fulfilling your commitment to the American people.

      A candidate who is an EMT, possesses related experience as a reserve
      or volunteer firefighter, and is active taking fire science courses is usually at
      the top of his or her game. Get your qualifications, learn how to take a fire
      department interview, and earn your badge.
      Paul Lepore
      Division Chief


      • #4
        to FIRE49 my certs are out of ohio and i would like to go back there and work.. to Mr.Lepore thank you for that article everything you wrote is almost exactly correct like i said im an 8404 corpsman and i live in a room here in the middle east with 12 other men from all walks of life and we all are like brothers and when i get out i want to go right back to having a room full of brothers i did some volunteering before i left for boot camp so i know what its like being the rookie heck i've been in the navy for almost 2 years and i still am a the bottom of the pole i just need some guidance on what to do for when i get out and use the resources that the military gives me while im in and when i get out


        • #5
          Please tell them all that we said THANK YOU. Stay safe!!!!!
          Paul Lepore
          Division Chief


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