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  • Australian fire fighter becoming USA fire fighter

    Hi there ladies and gents,

    First time post here...... I am an Australia fire fighter and i have just came home from 10 weeks vacation in the USA and had the oportuninty to ride with one of the fire houses in Arizona.

    now my dream is to be a fire fighter in USA and after having the day in the truck it made it even more of a must do as i loved the day in the truck with them.

    I am wanting to know is there any australian fire fighters out there that have moved to USA and become a fire fighter as im trying and it seems near impossible to do this... I have to apply for a Green card (immigrant to work in USA) but i have to have a petitioner file a petition to have me work there but obviously this is near impossible before having a job so yeah asking how anyone has done this.

    Would be greatly appreciated for info or help on this topic.

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    I am not from down under

    You found the first step being able to work in the US

    You could start in another job and bump to the fd

    Hopefully while at a station here they explained the hiring process.

    Each city does thier own hiring, we are not a Fed Dept.
    That is you next major step,,,,,

    Only some require ff and medic certs before you even apply.


    How old are you??

    Good luck if you try to do it
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZdEH...e_gdata_player

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Aussie_Fireman View Post
      I am wanting to know is there any australian fire fighters out there that have moved to USA and become a fire fighter as im trying and it seems near impossible to do this... I have to apply for a Green card (immigrant to work in USA) but i have to have a petitioner file a petition to have me work there but obviously this is near impossible before having a job so yeah asking how anyone has done this.
      Sorry to be a wet blanket, but our immigration system is very different from the australian one. I dont see any way how you could use employment based immigration as a firefighter to come to the US. The fundamental problem is that to become a firefighter, there is no formal requirement for a college degree (as in a requirement as listed by the Department of Labor. Plenty of firefighters get a degree before they are picked up by a department, its just that the DOL doesn't list it as a minimum requirement). The only categories for job related permanent immigration are for jobs that either require a 4 year degree (employment based 3) or a graduate degree (employment based 2). Occasionally, aussie firefighters come over to fight wildland fires, but those are short term deals on an emergency basis and not a path to immigration.

      Now, with your dashing looks and smooth australian accent, you won't have any difficulty finding someone to marry you. 'Chicks dig firemen' ;-) While it is quite a pain to go through the immigration process via marriage, it is pretty much the only way for someone to come here who 'just wants to work' but doesn't fall into one of the narrowly defined categories that are open for job related immigration.

      I could make some political comments on how insane all of this is, but that won't wont help you either.
      Last edited by Too_Old; 06-18-2019, 08:27 AM.

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      • #4
        Thanks for the reply guys,
        Im 34 years old and been in the fire service for 6 years and on the truck for 4 years.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Aussie_Fireman View Post
          Thanks for the reply guys,
          Im 34 years old and been in the fire service for 6 years and on the truck for 4 years.
          Do you have a 4 year college degree ?

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          • #6
            No I do not. If I did I wouldn?t be a fire fighter.....

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            • #7
              I know firefighters with PHD's and still are firefighters.

              Some people love pulling hose and shooting water.
              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZdEH...e_gdata_player

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Aussie_Fireman View Post
                No I do not. If I did I wouldn?t be a fire fighter.....
                There are plenty of firefighters in the US who have college degrees. They arrive at it three ways:

                - some go to college, get a degree but realize that they are not cut out for the office dweller life that said degree would have bought them. For many of them, the fire service is in a way a second career (even though they may have made the switch in their early 20s).
                - in some parts of the country, the training to become a firefighter can be done through a college pathway. It would be very common for someone trying to become a career firefighter to have a 2 year degree in fire science during which he received all the required job related certifications (EMT, hazmat, fire1, fire2 etc.)
                - some start in the more traditional 'vocational track' with department internal job related training but obtain a college degree while working. Some larger departments require a 2 year degree for promotion and a 4 year degree for management level positions, so you will find many younger FFs doing online classes during downtime at work.

                So at least around here, it's not uncommon to find firefighters with 4 year degrees.

                The main reason I asked is that we currently have a very strong job market in the US. With a 4 year degree in something marketable, you may be able to find a company willing to sponsor you for a job related H1b visa and eventually immigration (green-card). Once you are on that job related green-card for 6 months, you would be free to pursue other employment, including the fire service.

                The other options for an australian without a college education that would qualify him for a second or third preference employment based green card are:

                - marriage to a US citizen
                - winning a greencard in the 'diversity visa lottery'

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                • #9
                  Just wanted to share my experiences as an Australian applying for career firefighter jobs in the USA. I moved from Melbourne to Pennsylvania back in 2006 after I married a US citizen. I was not a paid firefighter in Melb, but was an SES volunteer for 10 years, so always had an interest in emergency services. Since there's no SES equivalent here, I joined my local volunteer fire department and have loved it. I have a great 'civilian' job but have applied twice for career positions in my area and both times have missed the cut due to military points. In the USA, veterans get 'bonus points' to help secure employment after leaving the military. Unfortunately for me, enough veterans have applied for the available positions, met the requirements and bumped me down the list 13 years firefighting experience and a long list of certs is not as helpful as you might think. Also, I have many US friends with no military background who've had the same thing happen to them. Anyway, just something else to be aware of if you make it over here.

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