If you want to increase your chances to become a paid firefighter, paramedic or emergency medical technician you need to volunteer. Think about it. Any job you apply for you know that the most qualified applicants have the best opportunity to be selected. Many college students who want to serve in the fire service trade their money for fire service knowledge. Then they take their knowledge on the road of life to get a job only to find out they lack the needed experience.
Many educated people ask themselves, how can I get job experience if I am not given an opportunity. But you should ask yourself, how can I get a job if I don’t take advantage of opportunities that give me experience? Why go through life complaining about not having opportunities in a profession that you know is lucrative and fulfilling when you can better position yourself to get the opportunities you seek by gaining experience.
Standing on the outside of a fire station wishing and hoping to get on the inside to get paid won’t change your opportunity. Going to college and paying for the training won’t give you experience. Save your money, volunteer, get the training and get experience you need to get hired. Maybe no one ever told you that you can get the training and the experience by volunteering. Many young people say they will not do anything for free because they want to get paid. Interestingly enough they go to college and pay to get training but gain no experience. Then year after year they are told they can’t get the job because they have no experience!
Why pay for knowledge and still not get experience? Try to use your mind and understand that there are very few opportunities in life you can get something for free. There is a cost for everything. The most abundant resource you have is time. We all get twenty four hours a day of free time. What you do with your time determines your quality of life. If being a fire service professional is what you want, volunteer your time in return for training, education and EXPERIENCE. Then when you go on the job interview you will have the knowledge and experience to get the job.
Stop by the Fire Station and learn what it takes to get the job you seek. Don’t just wish and pray, come in and talk to us! Fill out our application on this site and we will contact you.