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    Hello everybody, I hope everybody's doing okay. I'm a former Navy BT who never lost his passion of fighting fires. I was a qualified Burnerman on the AOR class of ship, the USS Kalamazoo (AOR 6), who has been seriously considering getting into the firefighting scene. I miss those days of practicing it, but do realize it is quite different when dealing with civilian firefighting.

    That was in 1991-1995 that I was a Boiler Technician. What are the requirements for me to be able to take the exams to become a Firefighter? I am currently residing in Richmond, Virginia.

    Thank you all for your assistance, and remember...

    "...there's nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer."
    Last edited by already1972yet; 07-21-2006, 05:46 PM.

  • #2
    Welcome Vet

    Great job...I was on the U.S.S. Kansas City AOR-3 as a Damage Controlman. I went into the Fire Service when I got out in 72. If you have the desire as you say you do...hang in there study and take any and every test you can. You will land some where and the rest is history. Congrats on your service to our Country and good luck in your endeavors.

    Respectfully,
    Jay Dudley, Retired Fire
    Respectfully,
    Jay Dudley
    Retired Fire
    Background Investigator
    IACOJ-Member
    Lifetime Member CSFA
    IAFF Alumni Member

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    • #3
      Former Bosun's Mate USS Seattle (AOE-3), I like you got the bug while in the Navy after I got out I got started out as a Part time FF at my local dept. In Ohio,then went full time....like the advice already given...test often and test well!!!! go to your local bookstore and buy a copy of a fire department entrance test study guide it will help with the basics!!!. and get you EMT at least.
      Any commander who fails to exceed his authority is not of much use to his subordinates. - Arleigh Burke

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      • #4
        How old are you? If you get your classes through the vollie house, the federal fire might be the way to go.
        Hey firedan38, when were you on the Seattle.....I was on it 90-92 and again from 95-97...MM1 here.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by already1972yet
          I am currently residing in Richmond, Virginia.
          Come on up to Fairfax County... we'd love to have you.
          Member IACOJ - Building crust and full of lust...

          "It's okay to to scared, just don't be chicken." - Clark

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          • #6
            I was on the Seattle from 87-89 the got out....she was my 2d ship having spent the first 3 years on USS Puget Sound (AD-38).
            Any commander who fails to exceed his authority is not of much use to his subordinates. - Arleigh Burke

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            • #7
              Scenery...

              Originally posted by Kobersteen
              Come on up to Fairfax County... we'd love to have you.
              Okay, sounds good to me, but...

              1. What about a place to live? I've been approved 2 times (1 in Ohio, 1 here in Richmond) for an apartment, but couldn't get it due to lack of income.

              2. Transportation...I don't have a car of my own, though my Ohio Driver's License is still valid until 2008.

              I'd probably be able to rent a car for the trip up there, but I've got to find some temporary work down here until then. I've recently went as far as applying at the Richmond Police Department, and at City Hall for an Administrative Assistant position.

              The best way to contact me is through my email, which is [email protected]

              Please feel free to email me there anytime, and please put "Firefighting Information You'd Like" in the Subject line, so as to catch my eye easier.

              Again, thank you not only for this information which you have chosen to share with me, but also for all you're doing up in Fairfax County.

              V/R,
              David Belmont

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              • #8
                Depts in my area love military. Come apply down here in GA
                Georgia Firefighter

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                • #9
                  Okay, so now my choices so far consist of Georgia and Fairfax County, VA.

                  FFJason02...where at in GA? What are the hours like on the Dept?

                  Kobersteen...what are the living arrangements like up there, as far as apartments? And what are the hours like on the Department?

                  Thanks again y'all.

                  V/R,
                  David
                  V/R,

                  PFC Belmont, David P.
                  USARNG, Richmond, VA

                  "There's Nothing Stronger Than The Heart Of A Volunteer..."

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                  • #10
                    BTW...I am also already1972yet.
                    V/R,

                    PFC Belmont, David P.
                    USARNG, Richmond, VA

                    "There's Nothing Stronger Than The Heart Of A Volunteer..."

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