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    New to the forums so hopefully this is in the proper location.

    Im having a difficult time deciding between going to medic school, or doing a wild land season. Im 25, have my FF1 academy, EMT, and currently work as an ER tech, I thought a season with a wild land department might help me gain some experience and help me get hired with some departments or at least help my resume but I also feel like it will set me back a few months from going to medic school. would it be worth it at 25? I eventually plan on becoming a medic anyway and figured I would just go now but I'm not sure which would be more beneficial to help me get on a department.

    I appreciate any advice in advance, thank you!

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    I don't know how many times I can say this on here to you kids....

    Stop coming in here and asking "Will this help me get hired, will that get me hired?"

    GO TO THE SOURCE. Contact the HR agents of the Fire Depts in which you intend to apply at, and find out for yourself, right from the horses's mouth if these various experiences, certifications or college degrees will help you AT THEIR SPECIFIC AGENCY.

    Once again.....For example......The Philadelphia Fire Department **DOES NOT CARE** if you spent 18 years at the busiest engine company in New York City and have a Doctorate in Fire Protection Engineering. They could give a schit less. You go through the same exact identical hiring process as everyone else, and the only consideration you get is 10 points on the test for being a military vet.

    FWIW- That wildland krap is a young mans thing- if you have your heart set on doing a season or two I say do it now and maybe work on your Medic pre-requisites like anatomy and biology in the winter.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by FWDbuff View Post
      I don't know how many times I can say this on here to you kids....

      Stop coming in here and asking "Will this help me get hired, will that get me hired?"

      GO TO THE SOURCE. Contact the HR agents of the Fire Depts in which you intend to apply at, and find out for yourself, right from the horses's mouth if these various experiences, certifications or college degrees will help you AT THEIR SPECIFIC AGENCY.

      Once again.....For example......The Philadelphia Fire Department **DOES NOT CARE** if you spent 18 years at the busiest engine company in New York City and have a Doctorate in Fire Protection Engineering. They could give a schit less. You go through the same exact identical hiring process as everyone else, and the only consideration you get is 10 points on the test for being a military vet.

      FWIW- That wildland krap is a young mans thing- if you have your heart set on doing a season or two I say do it now and maybe work on your Medic pre-requisites like anatomy and biology in the winter.
      Plus I'm guessing Philly doesn't do a lot of wildland firefighting.

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      • #4
        Agree with fwdbuff on asking the departments you want to get hired by..

        But medic school will help you with more departments than any wildland training will. EMS is the future of many departments so EMT won't cut it and medic is the key to being hired in my area. Most passing the exams today are turned away because of the lack of EMS, specifically medic. I look at medic school as the basic college degree for the fire service today.

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