So /fit/ on Saturday I start a paid, full salary, with benefits career in a major city fire department. I've worked hard to get here, and I'm so close to making it. I have to go through an academy the first 6 months, so I was hoping someone here wouldn't mind throwing me some tips and motivation my way.
I'm excited, nervous, and all around gitty at the prospect of this thing. I've never been to a bootcamp before, but I have an idea of the discipline, yelling, and what is generally expected.
What steps did you take to get hired? This is my goal after a get a degree and finish school. From what I've heard the physical requirements are retardedly easy and are kind of a joke, as for the boot camp aspect you just have to accept it. You're gonna be treated like shit, just value the experience and know you're gonna have a great job. I'm jealous though, good job dude
So I'll be honest: Your degree doesn't mean shit. And your right on the physical requirements. My department doesn't even have a physical test, just a physical/medical.
The way I got hired was I got my state EMT and kept my nose clean. I volunteered as a firefighter for 8 years prior, but they didn't give 2 shits about that. My EMT though got me 3 extra points on the civil service test so I scored a 103, ranking me ridiculously high out of the 10,000 that took it.
I've been climbing bleachers the past 6 months with a backpack of books on my back. I think I'll be good. I'm just nervous/excited for the change from civilian life to really joining something.
Most academies are a fuckin' joke. Unless you're the state police I wouldn't even worry about it. It's just a hazing. I haven't seen suffering like watching the NJ state police train every day. I thought 1000 jumping jacks 5 miles and 250 burpees in a day was bad. One day we did 560 pushups in one sitting. Just accept the hazing and it'll be a breeze. I'm guessing you can go home? I couldn't and just had to suffer through their shit 24/7.
Yeah, It's a 4 day on 4 day off schedule, go home every night. Like I said, I'm mostly worried about the culture shock. Saturday it's supposed to be cold as fuck and raining. I'm actually excited to see what these instructors can pull. I just really want to fight fire and be apart of a good crew.
Start my city's police academy in 2 weeks myself. I know how you feel bruh. Just keep doing what you've been doing. It got you where you are now. Anything extra your superiors will inform you.
Career FF here.
Went through my academy back in 2013. For me, it was approx 50/50 mix of classroom learning shit and busting ass on the fire ground. After my class they made the entire academy 100% hands-on though.
My practical days went like this: wake up, pound food and water, train, pound food and water, train, leave, shower, pound food, attempt to study, fall asleep.
I recommend hot baths (or hot tubs) to rest your body and muscles. Also, knee pads. You'll get made fun of the first day or two but trust me you'll be glad you have them the rest of the time.
Congrats bro hope to get into the service as well someday.
Did you get your paramedic too? I just have my EMT license and was thinking to get at least a year experience first then try to either get into a department part time while still an EMT or go into paramedic school.
Thanks homie, just my EMT-B. A local municipality will care about your experience. A major city however will most likely NOT care about it. As long as you have your certification, they don't give 2 shits.
I see, appreciate the info bro. It took me forever to figure out what I want to do but Fire is definitely where I want to be.