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    i have a question and it may sound stupid but oh well. i am seriously considering joining and i wanted to know about firefighting MOS. I did some serching around on the internet and found MOS 8811, Firefighter. i just wanted to know if that is the same as the crash fire rescue or is that strictly a firefighter? also would that be hard to get into? that really wont discourage me at all i am still seriously considering joining. thanks.

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    You know there is a thread about this already, its about 3 below this one. PS, the USMC doesn't have structural FFs, well not atleast since I can remember. Structural guys are DoD civilians. I think the MOS you are looking for is 0311 which, are "firefighters" too. Just tell the recruiter thats what you want to do.
    Last edited by VinnieB; 02-22-2007, 02:57 AM.
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    • #3
      MOS 8811 is a secondary MOS that has not been granted for some time. The only one used is 7051, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting. While the 7051s get FF I & II in the academy, they perform structural duties rarely.

      Jeez Vinnie, you don't quit. Don't you know that 0311 is practically a secondary MOS for 7051s now, since all the Iraq firefighting is being done by WSI? Other than FARPS and FOBs, not a whole lot of ARFF work available to us.

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      • #4
        Yup...everyone wants to be like us! But....all still just POuGs!
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        • #5
          Originally posted by VinnieB View Post
          Yup...everyone wants to be like us! But....all still just POuGs!
          Wow..all those numbers. No wonder Marines walk around with blank confused stares all day. No one can figure out what number is what

          Now in the Navy, we just like to keep it KISS by the scuttlebutt as we skylark and smoke and coke. Till we have to turn 2 and man our cleaning stations in the P-way with our cadallic and swab, so the XO can do the M&B check during D-1R in the head while rickey boxing (if you don't know, don't ask)

          Wow, I feel dumber having remembered that.

          I am a United States Janitor.
          I represent the cleaning spirit of the Navy and those
          who have cleaned before me to defend against dust and wax spills
          I proudly sweep my countrys P-ways
          with a FOXTAIL, DUSTPAN and COMMITTMENT
          I am committed to cleaning
          and to avoid any and all work for all!
          Co 11
          Virginia Beach FD

          Amateurs practice until they get it right; professionals practice until they cannot get it wrong. Which one are you?

          'The fire went out and nobody got hurt' is a poor excuse for a fireground critique.

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          • #6
            Nice post Doc...nothing like a good ol field day to bring out the fun and joys of the naval service.

            Funny thing though is not much has changed even getting into the fire service. I said growing up I don't want to flip burgers for a living, follow a mop or broom for a living, wash cars for a living. Funny how Istill do all that today. Hey, I guess I did learn something valuable in the Navy.

            Anyway...as for the original post...take a look into the Air Force for FF. They tend to have the best program out there and they use IFSTA qualifications. So much of those certification can reflect into the civilian world when you get out.
            The thoughts and opinions posted here are mine and mine alone and do not reflect the thoughts and or views of city or dept affiliation.

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            • #7
              hey

              You aren't real firefighters anyway.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by AFFDSUCKS View Post
                You aren't real firefighters anyway.
                33 posts, and not a good thing to say in any of them. You must be a joy to work with.

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                • #9
                  LOL, was thinking the same thing...

                  Last time I checked, no matter what branch, we fight for the same mission.


                  Just my two cents. I know AFFDSUCKS will reply, but he has his right to share his opinion!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by AFFDSUCKS View Post
                    You aren't real firefighters anyway.

                    ......and you are?
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by AFFDSUCKS View Post
                      You aren't real firefighters anyway.
                      Be for Peace, but don't be for the Enemy!
                      -Big Russ

                      Learn from the mistakes of others; you won't live long enough to make them all yourself.

                      Originally posted by nyckftbl
                      LOL....dont you people have anything else to do besides b*tch about our b*tching?

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                      • #12
                        I have yet to be posted at or visit a Marine Corps Air Station where there has not been a Marine 7051 tasked out to the station structual fire department for a period of time. It provides the DoD guys with a liason since they are going to be headed to the airfield as well if any real emergency happens and gives the Devil Dogs a bit of variety to keep them from banging their heads against the wall. Don't expect to spend your Marine Corps career on the back step of the base ladder truck, but don't think that you will be stuck watching planes land all day for every day of your career either.
                        Be for Peace, but don't be for the Enemy!
                        -Big Russ

                        Learn from the mistakes of others; you won't live long enough to make them all yourself.

                        Originally posted by nyckftbl
                        LOL....dont you people have anything else to do besides b*tch about our b*tching?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by AFFDSUCKS View Post
                          You aren't real firefighters anyway.
                          I have never posted anything on here since I joined, but now I feel that I need to. I will try not to call "AFFDSUCKS" any names or threaten him, I will expect him to reply in the same manner.
                          Now.....I have a few questions to ask you.
                          Why would you say we are not real F/Fs?
                          Isn't the description in the name?
                          Have you ever worked as an ARFF in any branch of the military?
                          I know that my beloved Marine Corps would break you of acting as you do.
                          90% of all F/F have a very positive attitude, but as I was taught......There is always the nasty 10% who are S*!T Birds!....Are you one of these individuals.
                          I say individual because I am sure you are not considered a team player. I really hope that the Fire Department you work for isn't looking to hire more "Real Firefighters" like you, because I would feel safer standing next to my own shadow during an emergency than standing next to a "REALFIREFIGHTER" Like you. I would love for you to come to my firehouse and tell all my fellow Marine Firefighters that they are not "Real Firefighters" I quarantee you would never fight a real fire again.

                          Gunny ,
                          These are the guys who will be cleaning the bottom of the P-19A for the rest of their enlistment.

                          Reed
                          Last edited by usmc2001; 04-18-2007, 11:57 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Semper Fi Teufelhunds

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                            • #15
                              As a Marine Corp. Corporal that got out 6 months ago I was Crash Fire Rescue At MCAS Cherry Point NC. It was a great job. Yes the military has its quirks and its downfalls however the training and the experiances you will get are endless. I got out and have had numerous companys contact me and try to hire me. The way I see it, All that job searching and networking is for the birds. USMC CFR is the way to go. Oorah 7051

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