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  • What's Your Plan?

    It's great if you have a plan as a road map to follow in pursuit of being a firefighter. Without one, you're just in freefall. Here's an e-mail I just received:

    Dear Captain Bob,
    My name is Dean, I am interested in becoming a
    Firefighter/Paramedic. I am starting my E.M.T. class in February.
    I plan to join on a volunteer County Fire Department.

    After my E.M.T. training, I plan to go to Daniel Freeman Hospital in
    Inglewood, CA for my paramedic schooling. When I finish my paramedic
    schooling I will attempt to get hired with a local ambulance company in
    order to gain field experience. While working as a paramedic I will begin
    applying for firefighter positions wherever I can. Captain Bob, what I
    guess I'm asking, is this the "Road Map" I should be taking? I'm open to
    any suggestions that you may have. I look forward to receiving your
    response. Thank you for your time. Dean

    Reply from "Captain Bob"

    I couldn't have written the plan any better. You have great insight. The
    only thing I would add would be to take any test you can get to along the
    way. The more tests you take, the better your testing skills become. Then,
    when the job you really want comes along, your chances of nailing that badge
    improve.

    Oh, by the way, did I forget to tell you this is a 17 year old high school senior. If he can do a plan, why can't you?

    "Nothing counts 'til you have the badge . . . absolutely nothing!

    "Captain Bob"


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    Great point! Sounds like the kid has things in order. Unfortunately many of us forget about "the plan" once we get the job. Remeber the road map is career long.
    Be Safe!
    Chris

    [This message has been edited by dfdmedic3 (edited February 10, 2000).]

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