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California & Colorado Fire

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    I recently immigrated to the U.S and am trying to become a career Firefighter. At the moment I reside in Colorado but my plan is to move to California early next year. In the short time I've been here I've completed my California CPAT (the week I landed) and I'm almost done with my Colorado EMT certification (I'll be sitting the NREMT exam and seeking California reciprocity) before I leave the state I also plan on getting my IV certification (even though from what I understand EMT's in California don't administer IV's) and then sitting the fire team exam through the NTN and testing for departments while still living in the Rockies (will most likely apply for some departments here too to increase my chances) my question for the forum is what are my best options for getting hired on the west coast or here? Being perfectly honest I can't afford Fire academy at the moment let alone a paramedic certification. Is my best bet joining a volunteer department until I get fire 1 signed off or if I test well do I have a chance of getting hired by a major department with just my EMT certification under my belt? I plan on testing for Long Beach CA and hopefully South Metro in CO at the end of the year, both of whom don't list any certification requirements other than EMT. Any advice or experience would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time

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