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  • From L.E. to W.F.F @ 43, is it possible ?

    Good afternoon Folks,

    I have been lurking for quite sometime & I thought it was time to say hello.
    And I have a question ... right out of the gate.

    Is 43 too old to start a career as a Wildland Firefighter?

    I'm a Law Enforcement Office for the State of Florida. I will be locating to north Alabama & afterwards and thinking of changing careers to that of Wildland firefighter. If I may add, this is something I've thinking about for years, And now the opprotunity presents itself but .... have I waited too long?

    For the record, I'm in pretty good condition & engage in a daily workout routine to keep me in shape for my current L.E. career. I'm no where near ready to retire & there's alot of work left in me. I've spent alot of time over the years camping & hiking. And I guess I have a what some would call a passion for the presevation of the woodlands. And I'd like to get a chance to "get on line" and help as much as I can...as backbreaking as it maybe.
    Any thoughts & opinions are welcome, your guys are the pro's so let me know what your think.
    Also, any info & links would be welcomed as well.

  • #2
    Everybody too scared to answer the question?

    My wildfire work is done with water, some I'm not a good person to give advice! Plus I'm in another country...

    I was in pretty good shape when I was your age - and no way would I have liked to try the full-on dry firefighting thing! It is hard, very hard - here at least and I can't see it being any easier over there! Perhaps just approach the relevant agency in the area you wish to work and check them out. At the very least they'll be able to give you an idea on their systems.

    Good luck, whichever way you go.
    "Professional" means your attitude to the job...

    Nullus Anxietas ..... (T Pratchett)

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    • #3
      Is 43 too old to start a career as a Wildland Firefighter?
      For the Feds: unless you have prior Federal civilian FF/LE or active-duty military time of more than 5 yrs, then yes, you are "too old".
      Firefighting in the Federal Civil Service is covered under a special legal provision, requiring that you must be no older than age 37 at the time of appointment. You can subtract Federal civilian and active-duty military time from your age, and if that "adjusted" age is lower than 37 you're good to go.

      You can always go to work for a contract company, though: FireStorm, NorthTree International, FireDos, etc, or a state Forestry department.
      My opinions might coincide with someone of importance's POV... I wouldn't know, since I never bothered to ask. My policy is: "Don't ask, don't care."

      IACOJ--West Coast PITA

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      • #4
        Well, 1141 is right to some point... you are too old for a permanent job with the feds without the conditions he stated... but you may be able to get on for seasonal hire. If you are near any National Park Service offices, talk to the fire staff there... NPS may not be so stuck on age vs. ability.
        IACOJ
        Stopping controlled burning DOES NOT stop the burning, only the control!
        http://www.wy.blm.gov/fireuse/fums.htm

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        • #5
          Originally posted by RxFire View Post
          Well, 1141 is right to some point... you are too old for a permanent job with the feds without the conditions he stated... but you may be able to get on for seasonal hire. If you are near any National Park Service offices, talk to the fire staff there... NPS may not be so stuck on age vs. ability.
          Well, true, but remember that seasonal temps have "nothing coming" as far as FERS, health insurance, etc... at that point he might's well just go to work for a contract company, at least get health bennies and possibly a 401K, etc...
          My opinions might coincide with someone of importance's POV... I wouldn't know, since I never bothered to ask. My policy is: "Don't ask, don't care."

          IACOJ--West Coast PITA

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          • #6
            Sorry I am late to this. You can go where ever you want to. The CAL FIRE academy graduated a 62 year old Cadet. Right now, my oldest student I ever taught is about 52+.

            You can do it. Please PM me for more info. And CAL FIRE is still hiring for Seasonal Firefighter. And those positions DO get the PERS retirement package.

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