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    Good afternoon everyone! My wife and I are looking to relocate to the Maryland area to be closer to family. I have been researching the departments there and had a few questions about BCoFD. I see the probationary period is two years. After that do you go to FF/EMT or EMT/FF? I see those are the two classes for FF's after Probationary. Do you get to choose which one you want to do, or does it go based off of department needs? If you're in a FF/EMT class do you have to ride the ambo, strictly on a suppression piece, or do you split time on the ambo and suppression pieces? Any chances of a lateral process in the near future? I know they established a list in the spring. Do they make a new list every year? Thanks in advance for any information!

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    In BCoFD, even if you are hired as a FF, you will ride the ambulance. How often depends on the staffing needs of your house/district, but it’s safe to assume 1-2 shifts of a 4 shift work cycle, on average.

    I’m pretty sure the FF/EMT vs EMT/FF distinction is just administrative. There’s no option to choose a suppression track, after probation, or anything like that. However, after 4 years you’re eligible to apply for a promotion to FADO (driver) or Fire Specialist (which basically means you are a single-role firefighter), and after 5 you can test for Lt. All of those promotions mean you no longer get detailed to ride the ambulance, so most people do that when they can.

    I don’t know anything about where they are with hiring, but thought I’d share what I could.

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