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    Good morning gang!

    Wanted to bump this older thread, as it is right up my alley - didn't want to start a duplicate.

    The wife-to-be and I are heading to Asheville. I'm wrapping up my EMT training/cert this spring - I've been trapped behind a desk until now. Cut trails with the Forest Service in the low mountains out here, and I'm hoping to land a seasonal position for several months to get some fire experience here before we move. Need to save up a little more money and say our goodbyes before relocating.

    Here's our worry. I would love to be the sole breadwinner for our little family unit, at least for a span of 6-7 years while the wife stays home with the young kid(s) we want to have. I've done a lot of reading online, and plan to speak with several guys (if they've got a moment to advise) currently working/recently retired in the Asheville area about pay/advancement. I think we may be out of luck, given the starting rate for firefighters in that region...and this is assuming I can even land a job.

    Can anyone speak to the current atmosphere over there? Are they hiring a block anytime soon? What can a totally green EMT that gets picked up hope to make in the first few years? I know they recently lifted the freeze on hiring here, so it would be a lot easier to find work...trouble is my family is all back east, and we miss them.

    Appreciate any advice or expertise you guys can share. Have a good one.


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