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Looking For Advice: Military to Civilian [Transition]

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  • Looking For Advice: Military to Civilian [Transition]

    Hello all,

    I am new to FireHouse forums and looking forward to some valuable advice from its many active members.

    For some SA, I'll update everyone on my current situation.

    I'm nearing the end of my 6-year commitment to the military and I intend on becoming a professional firefighter once I transition out. I have just under two years left and I'm trying to figure out the most effective way to decrease the amount of [dead time] between the military and civilian life. I'm currently pursuing a Bachelors degree in Public Safety Administration (Fire Science minor), as well as exploring some options to obtain an EMT certification before I out-process. I have a few departments in mind, focused around the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) area/s. My initial plan is to begin testing/applying to all available departments approximately one and a half - one year out from my Expiration of Active Obligated Service (EOAS.)

    **Of note: I will be located in Nevada while navigating the testing/application process. I will have easy access to travel between NV and the DMV, I'm not concerned about that part.

    I'm posting this in the hopes that a member who successfully transitioned from the military directly into the fire service can give me some insight/advice. I'm hoping I can get picked up soon after my EOAS date, though I do understand that there's a HIGH probability it will not work that way. [[Hoping for the best, expecting the worst.]] In the case that I am not picked up quickly, I do have a few jobs lined up for federal contracting to keep me afloat.

    If you have any questions, or would like for me to provide more details, let me know in the comments and i'll be more than happy to deliver!

    Thank you and I look forward to the responses!

    -- palmlizard

  • #2

    Well you do have some variables.

    How old are you now?

    I would start looking on the internet at as many fire departments that you can find, bookmark them, fill out job interest cards even though they may test before you get out or you cannot make them, at least you know when they tested last.

    While looking at the different depts, look at the minimum requirements just to apply, including any upper age, and residency requirements.

    If you can get any certs before getting out do it.

    Best advice is test anywhere and everywhere, The process is not quick, Plus, the suggestion is get on somewhere, do a 1 1/2 or better and start testing somewhere else.

    Look into the military program, will have to find the name, that use to help.


    • #3
      I know nothing about it:::

      Paddy Brown program.




      • #4
        Originally posted by fire49 View Post
        How old are you now?
        I'm 23 years old.

        Thank you for taking the time to respond.

        UPDATE: Just took a quick look at https://paddybrownprogram.org/jobs/. I appreciate you sharing this with me.
        Last edited by palmlizard; 02-12-2019, 08:37 PM.


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