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    Hello All,

    I have a found an ambulance company that is going to be offering a 15 day EMT course in January. I was wondering if anyone has every done something like this and what was your experience like? Did you pass on the first try?

    I was going to wait till next semester (which starts end of January and finishes in May) to take my EMT at my local college. The Problem: I need my EMT by April 25. That is the last filing date for applications for my local department.

    Also, does anyone have any advice for someone who is starting to get very overwhelmed by everything. Between school, dealing with my family (who are not very support of my dream), work, and trying to get hired with the department, I am getting very overwhelmed.

    Sorry for the long post.

    Thanks!!

  • #2
    How old are you

    School as in emt or other??

    Family as in mom and dad or married?

    Work as in 40 hours a week or less??

    If you do the 15 day how are you going to get out of work?

    I hate to say do what you can on the upcoming FD application, some not to many get hired first go around

    So look to test everywhere and anywhere


    Do you know anyone with the ambulance company, that is not part of the school to ask??

    In my state you can look at a state web site to see what a schools pass rate is


    If you do the fifteen day you will be living and sleeping it more than likely
    Last edited by fire49; 09-21-2013, 12:56 PM.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZdEH...e_gdata_player

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    • #3
      Age:19. School: General Ed. Family: Parents and siblings. Work: Anywhere from 40 hours or less. My two jobs are working for my family. Lets just say, my dad would not be very happy if I did the 15 day course.

      I do not know anyone with the ambulance company.

      I don't care that I will be living and sleeping it, if I do the 15 day. I know it will be a lot of hard work, but I'm use to hard work. I work seven days a week and am up at 4 am everyday, so I'm use to it.

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      • #4
        We'll in a little better position to do this than others

        Guess you need to sit down with parents and discuss that you would like to be a firefighter

        Please support me now

        After you get hired you can still help them on your days off from the FD

        This is something you would like to do and see if you can get hired

        Remember you may not get on where you really want to, and decide if you can handle that and having to travel to test
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZdEH...e_gdata_player

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        • #5
          We'll in a little better position to do this than others

          Guess you need to sit down with parents and discuss that you would like to be a firefighter

          Please support me now

          After you get hired you can still help them on your days off from the FD

          This is something you would like to do and see if you can get hired

          Remember you may not get on where you really want to, and decide if you can handle that and having to travel to test
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZdEH...e_gdata_player

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          • #6
            Great advice! Thanks.

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            • #7
              In Indiana you can't get hired in a Career department until your 21, I am sure you have looked into that. Also I would highly recommend the full semester course, you will get so much more out of it! Most Departments I have applied to that have a requirements like that, almost always say "By date of hire" so with that being said the average process is over a year or two so you'd be plenty over with. I would hate to see you waste the money to the the 15 day course and not pass the EMT class or state test in time for the test and be out the money! I started my career by going to a local college and was an EMT-Basic by 18.. let me tell you this, I applied to roughly 18 departments (That is LOW Balling it, ask my family)

              1 - getting my EMT first was the single greatest thing I could have done. it led to full time work until I got on a FD, got me on volly depts, part time depts, helped when applying to full time dept, and most importantly it gave me great exp!!

              2 - It took me literally 6 years to get on a full time department, and that is average here in Indiana..

              I hope any of this helps! again just my experiences! I wish you luck!!

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              • #8
                Very helpful, thank you. After talking to some friends in my local department, I have decided to pass on the 15 day course and start it next semester. I will just have to wait and see if not having my EMT by the last filing day for applications is going to hurt my chances. Thank you again.

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                • #9
                  I have no idea how competitive the hiring is in San Jose, but I can only guess that it is extremely competitive.

                  If that is the case, anything you can do to set yourself apart from the crowd is helpful. Very helpful.

                  I worked for my parents prior to becoming a firefighter, they weren't happy about me leaving. Today they could not be more proud of me. So, don't let anyone stop you from chasing your dreams.

                  This is what I would do if I were you, I would grab the EMT book, read the thing cover to cover taking notes, sign up for the class and put everything you have in to it. Pass your EMT as fast as you possibly can and then head off to medic school. That will set you apart from the crowd and help you get the job you want.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by bwilliekc View Post
                    I have no idea how competitive the hiring is in San Jose, but I can only guess that it is extremely competitive.
                    It is SUPER competitive. The last time they hired was back in 2011 with a SAFER Grant and even then they hired back 49 firefighters that they had laid off. Up till now, they have only been hiring laterals. The only thing I can say is, I'm not sure how many people are going to want to work for San Jose Fire. The department is having a hard enough time keeping the people that they have. As of now, the department has an acting fire chief because the chief left to work for Las Vegas FD

                    "I worked for my parents prior to becoming a firefighter, they weren't happy about me leaving. Today they could not be more proud of me. So, don't let anyone stop you from chasing your dreams."
                    Glad to know someone else was in the same boat that I'm in now. I have decided that from now on, I'm not going to let anyone get in the way of my dream.

                    "This is what I would do if I were you, I would grab the EMT book, read the thing cover to cover taking notes." Great minds think alike! At the end of last semester, I emailed the EMT teacher at my college to get the info for the book that he is using. Bought it months ago and have been studying it ever since. I have a whole binder of notes because I spent my whole summer reading that book (can you tell I'm not a normal 19 year old? )

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                    • #11
                      Kind of off topic but.... slow down for a second, man.
                      I understand that you're young and hungry and that's great. But take a second and enjoy the experience. Don't sit inside all summer reading your book and don't dedicate you ENTIRE life, at the age of 19, to becoming a firefighter. Take an EMT class, take some fire science courses, spend time with your friends, have interests outside of the fire department, volunteer outside of the fire department and just have some fun.
                      The reality of it is that you're 19. The odds of you getting hired before you're 25 are pretty slim. Departments want some life experience. Make sure you have some.

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                      • #12
                        Why does everyone tell me to slow down.....? What's wrong with dedicating my entire life to becoming a firefighter? If you want something really bad, you have to work for it right? Friends?? What friends?? I have my interests outside of the fire department and I volunteer in my community pretty much everyday.

                        I'm not trying to be a smart aleck, just curious.

                        P.S. Just putting it out there that I am a girl. I don't want to be treated any differently, just feel like I need to put it out there

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                        • #13
                          I'll tell you why I feel this way...

                          First of all 19, 20 or 21 year old kids generally shouldn't be firefighters. There are exceptions to this rule, of course, maybe you're one of them.

                          Second.... I believe that fire departments are in search of a well rounded candidate with outside experiences and interests. It makes for a better employee in the field and in the station. I know some highly qualified candidates that get passed up for jobs. They'll say things like "I don't drink, I don't smoke, I don't go out to bars, I don't do this, I don't do that......" You really think a bunch of firefighters are going to want Mr./Mrs. Perfect hanging around all day. They want a normal guy/girl to work with. One that might like to go grab a beer and dinner on their off days, one that might smoke a cigar if the occasion calls for it.

                          Third, taking the time to grow up and have some experiences in your life is going to serve you well in this career. I have seen quite a few people, and I've been on the job a short time, be shunned because ALL they want to talk about is the fire department. This job can be stressful and a lot of hard work. When we get back to the station we want some light hearted conversation about sports, what you did that weekend, how the family is doing, etc....try not to be a "fire nerd". Even though I think to some degree we all are.

                          I had an old fireman once tell me that this is the best job in the world (which I agree). He also told me not to get too caught up because it's just a small portion of your life.

                          And I apologize for assuming you were male. Thats my bad and definitely something I need to be more aware of.

                          Best of luck to you.
                          It really is an incredible career.

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                          • #14
                            Thank you for your honesty and I can see where you are coming from. As I'm starting to thinking about it, the reason I guess I'm trying so hard to get in the fire service is because I guess I'm trying to prove something to not only my family, but to myself. I'm not really sure what I'm trying to prove.

                            Apology accepted. Don't sweat it, I've just learned that I need to say it because some people get in a way "weird" when they find out I'm a girl. Me personally, I am a tomboy 100%, so I really don't care.
                            Last edited by FF14; 10-11-2013, 03:28 AM.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by FF14 View Post
                              Thank you for your honesty and I can see where you are coming from. As I'm starting to thinking about it, the reason I guess I'm trying so hard to get in the fire service is because I guess I'm trying to prove something to not only my family, but to myself. I'm not really sure what I'm trying to prove.

                              Apology accepted. Don't sweat it, I've just learned that I need to say it because some people get in a way "weird" when they find out I'm a girl. Me personally, I am a tomboy 100%, so I really don't care.
                              I say go for it

                              Depending on what state it is normally a long process to get hired

                              Not sure about the proving thing? To me it is do you want to be a firefighter, get hired and do a great job and let that talk for you
                              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZdEH...e_gdata_player

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