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  • J-theman617
    started a topic USAF fire protection

    USAF fire protection

    Hey I am a junior in high school and I am interested in being a firefighter. Since I was little I wanted to join the military like my brother and uncles. I've done some research and heard Air Force is the way to go for firefighting. I am going to meet with a recruiter this summer and I'm wondering what are my chances of getting fire protection written in my contract. I know I need a good asvab score but will they look at my highschool GPA? Will they accept me if I say I smoked a little pot when I was younger? What else will he ask me? Any information will help!

    Thanks, John

  • FWDbuff
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    Originally posted by J-theman617 View Post
    my recruiter basically told me he can't guarantee fire protection.
    You know how a recruiter is lying? His lips are moving. Your recruiter was lying to you.

    Go back and see him. Say this: "Look....You have billets to fill, I understand that. But if I am going to give the USAF 4 or more years of my life, I want Firefighter or I am not signing. You and I both know that you can guarantee me firefighting, and you have the next 45 seconds to decide if you want to get credit for signing a body or you lose me altogether when I get up and go see what the Navy can do for me."

    You may have to do a delayed enlistment, but he CAN guarantee it. He just doesnt want to because he has other billets that he's been asked to fill.

    You'll come out with the guarantee. There is an official document. Make sure he signs it.

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  • J-theman617
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    Thanks, my recruiter basically told me he can't guarantee fire protection. I am going to talk to other branches about firefighting but if not I was looking at Navy corpsman or army combat medic, would those be good jobs to help me transition on to a fire dept or is there a better mos?

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  • NCFF2014
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    Originally posted by FWDbuff View Post
    98% of ARFF is done by Enlisted Personnel (especially at USAF installations.)
    Was primarily referring to structural firefighting. At many bases (Like Bragg/Pope) civilians have even taken over ARFF duties.

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  • FWDbuff
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    Originally posted by NCFF2014 View Post
    .a lot of the larger bases have their own fire departments with civilians (DOD employees) who are firefighters and even they don't see much fire.
    98% of ARFF is done by Enlisted Personnel (especially at USAF installations.)

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  • NCFF2014
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    If you are going to join the military, do something military-related. There's not much fire left in military firefighting...a lot of the larger bases have their own fire departments with civilians (DOD employees) who are firefighters and even they don't see much fire. You don't need to be a firefighter in the military in order to become a firefighter in the civilian world once you get out. Lots of guys go infantry, medical, whatever in the military and have no problem transitioning to firefighting once they get into the civilian world.

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  • J-theman617
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    Yes you must be a resident for 1 year prior and I was born and raised hear in Boston. I believe there is a test every two years so I will take it after I go through goodfellow(if I get in) so I have more knowledge. I'm am going to do more research on what I need to apply. Thanks!

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  • LaFireEducator
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    You also might want to research cities that have a maximum age at time of hire but will allow additional years for military service.

    Not sure if Boston has that accommodation. You may want to inquire.

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  • J-theman617
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    Thanks. I just want to do 4 years, serve my country, get the training and certs I need, and then get on to a city department preferably the Boston fire dept.

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  • LaFireEducator
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    Great way to get certifications, but as 5555 said, not much fire for the most part.

    Just had one of our guys who graduated high school join the Air Force and get a spot as a firefighter. It took him awhile as there are relatively few spots and a fair number of folks that want to get into one.

    He's currently assigned to a base in NM, but his only complaint is that other than training, he never sees fire.

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