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    This may not be the correct forum for this, but I don't think it fits any of the others either. I'm currently an active duty service member with roughly three years remaining on my contract. I would like to start preparing as much as possible to set me up for success when I get out, but really don't know where to start. I'm trying to take online classes to work towards a fire science degree and EMT cert, but have seen that it would be worthless to do this via online classes. I'm stationed overseas, so unfortunately on site classes are not an option. Also, with my job it would be very difficult to volunteer with the base fire department, if that is even possible. If I shouldn't bother with the classes, what can I be doing for the next three years to put myself in the best possible position, besides staying in great shape? Again, if this is isn't in the right forum I apologize.

  • #2
    If there is anyway you can get you emt cert before you get out, that would be great..

    What state or states are you looking at to live in??? Helps with the answer.

    If all you can do are on line fire science, I would go ahead and get them. It shows you are putting in the effort.

    Are you going to be overseas the rest of your tour??

    What is your job now??


    • #3
      I'm looking at Massachusetts, but am not totally opposed to Rhode Island or New Hampshire. And yes, I will be overseas until I'm out, with no option to stay stateside. And I'm a mechanic, not much of a stepping stone.


      • #4
        You should check as many fire department web sites as possible in those states. See what is the minimum required just to apply.

        Than put a plan together to get those requirements.

        Sounds like take college courses while still in, they do not hurt, and can help.


        • #5
          A few years ago, when I was testing for departments, I looked into MA. At the time, they gave a statewide-test, as opposed to a specific test for each department. I remember they give a pretty generous bump to veterans and to residents of the state. I don't believe they gave a preference to people who already had an EMT cert.

          Not saying it's still not a good idea to get the cert, and who knows, they may have changed the hiring process since then. Just giving you a little peace of mind about your hiring prospects in MA.


          • #6
            Hello friend,
            There are many video available on the internet, I think watching the videos is one of the best options for you and one more thing if you have a chance to watch the fire near to you then don't miss it and watch carefully. You can join many online courses and see the many best websites for this and I think it's helpful for you.


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