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Transitioning out of the military and pursuing FF/EMT, I have some questions.

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  • Transitioning out of the military and pursuing FF/EMT, I have some questions.

    I am getting ready to transition out of the Army and looking to move to either Ohio or North Carolina. My plan is to attend an EMT/Paramedic associates degree and then find work as an EMT with hopes of eventually working for the FD. I have a few questions though.

    1. Is an EMT associates degree and certification a good step in moving into this career? What other steps should I take?

    2. Is diagnosed PTSD a hurdle for getting hired?

    3. By the time I have my degree i will be 29, is that going to be too old to be hired on by a FD?

    4. What does a non-FD EMT schedule look like in average? Will I have time for my family

    Any other insight or advice would be appreciated.

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    How old are you now??

    How soon are you getting out

    Not into emt, put some depts. want paramedic

    You might look North Carolina, may be easier to find a job than Ohio.

    I tell people to test anywhere and everywhere, so which ever state you chose, you might want to rent tell you get hires. Now if you are stuck on living in a certain city, that may be a problem.

    Different depts. have different schedules, YES you will have more time with your family than you think. You will miss being with them on holidays, birthdays etc, but most families work around it, either have them early or late or come to the station.

    Look for depts. that promote hiring service people, might get you in faster.

    You can also look for depts. that will hire you off the street, with no certifications, and put you through school.

    Just start checking all depts. that have a web site, bookmark them, if they have a job interest card fill it out, even if you get a call and cannot test,

    Check this site out for great info:::


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