For those of you with SO’s in the FF field. Look into joining the local volunteer FD. Great education, free, just hours as payment and the training is the same as if you were in tech school or other.
Even tho we have career FF in the family we also have a couple of the in-law types that are members of their local volunteer dept. They get a massive amount of training both structure and wildland. They get red cards just like the career guys. Same training……same agility tests etc. For one of our son’s starting in the volunteer dept then got hired by dept of Lands made a lot of difference because he had a lot more training and hours etc than most of the other applicants that year. We really think his experience with the vol dept made the difference.
I don’t understand why there is such a huge rift in the paid vs volunteer people. Volunteers are there because they want to be……same training, same requirements, same uniforms, different attitude…