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  • Career Changer

    Just wanted to say hey.

    I am changing careers again.

    I started out designing houses and gas stations back in 1990s. Recession killed the industry and I had to find something else to do. I changed to teaching. Started in elementary and changed to high school doing this 5 yrs and with CA budget woes I don’t know it I would have a career in two years. They were talking about cutting the program this yr.

    I always wanted to go in to fire fighting but my father talked me out of it by introducing my to some old US fire service guys. They told my only bad stuff. Found out that was an exception and not a rule. Talked to a bunch of FF from around Sacramento and told me the good stuff.

    Start EMT classes tonight and FF classes next week.

    Wife backs my decision 100%

    That’s me in less than 200 words.


  • #2
    GOOD Choice

    You won't regret getting in to the fire service if you were made for it. We come from all walks of life seeking to help others and to "help others help others" <----teamwork. Be diligent in your learning. Go well beyond the minimum requirements to get your "certifications". Apply what you learn, use common sense and teach others what you already know. Be good to everyone especially kids and our elderly. Know your limits. Speak truth. Have FUN!

    Welcome to the family.

    Be safe.

    Fraternally, Jordan
    "Making Sense with Common Sense"
    Motor Vehicle Rescue Consultants
    ( [email protected]) Jordan Sr.


    • #3
      It is a noble and rewarding profession. Stay safe and GOOD LUCK!
      09-11 .. 343 "All Gave Some..Some Gave ALL" God Bless..R.I.P.
      IACOJ Minister of Southern Comfort
      "Purple Hydrant" Recipient (3 Times)
      BMI Investigator
      The comments, opinions, and positions expressed here are mine. They are expressed respectfully, in the spirit of safety and progress. They do not reflect the opinions or positions of my employer or my department.


      • #4
        Hats off to you, brother! I'd take an unstable roof or a fully-involved house over high school kids! You've gotten into a safer profession! Welcome aboard, and good luck. Never hesitate to ask questions or offer ideas. Take care

        Of course, that's just my opinion. I could be wrong
        Dennis Miller


        • #5
          Welcome to the family!!! I too changed careers. I was a music major in college then I traded my flute (go ahead guys with the band camp quote )(and no I never did anything that obscene ) in for the best career move of my life. I'm almost finished EMT-I and hopefully start P school in the fall and I have fire training. Good luck to you and keep us posted throughout your journey. Take care and stay safe.
          Heather Helm
          NREMT-I Candidate
          IACOJ Bureau of EMS Division
          Fraternal Order of Paramedics
          Board of Directors

          "It's all good"


          • #6
            Best of luck to you! I'm a teacher (and I love it), but I think the profession of firefighting is absolutely amazing! I read about it all the time and follow the fire message boards here and on AOL. Firefighters seem to have such a passion for what they do, so you're obviously on the right track. Good luck to you!


            • #7
              Good Luck

              It's good to find what you love to do and do it.

              I left my career some time back and have been much happier for it. I now have a regular job that allows me time to persue other things, such as volunteer firefighting/EMT.


              • #8

                Hi Andy,
                Its alway nice to meet a new brother!
                Jordan has some very good advise for you.
                Take it to heart. You don't just learn this
                career (not a job) you live it.

                Learn and live well my brother!
                Good luck and we are here for you
                if you should need us.

                Gods Speed to our Troops!

                If you can't stand the heat, Get out of my way !!!
                MEMBER OF I.A.C.O.J.


                • #9
                  Welcome to the brotherhood, and welcome to the firehouse forums!
                  Last edited by EoneTiller; 06-15-2003, 01:47 AM.


                  • #10

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