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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 1 month ago

Should I go to college or join the military if I want to become a firefighter?

8 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    None of the above.  I would start by becoming a middle manager at your local Frosty Freeze so you can practice putting out fires all damn day.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    What are the requirements to get hired at departments you are interested in?

    Some want college credits and may accept military time in lieu of that.

    Some smaller ones want you to have FFI or FFII so they don't have to train you.  Larger ones will put you through their academy regardless.

    For the most part, military service will only get you a few points on the civil service test and possibly check the box for college credits (if required).  In the unlikely event that you hit the jackpot and get to be a military firefighter (AF is your best shot), you would have a leg up for jobs that want training (like showing up the day after your enlistment ends wearing a different uniform for the same job with the DoD).

  • 1 month ago

    If this question make sense to you, go to High School.

  • 1 month ago

    train to be a paramedic, that would help you more than either of the gthings you listed

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  • Bill-M
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Neither.   If you want to become a Civilian Firefighter you need to attend Their Training course.  Check with your local station for their Requirements.

  • Mrsjvb
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Most military bases use civilians as their Firefighters 

    Civilian departments tend to need you to attend their academy.  Degree may or may not be required.  

    If so, enlisting and serving your time gets you the GI bill to pay for college

    Or volunteer locally.  They will train you

  • Fin
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    Most fire departments will require you to attend and pass their academies before you can become a fire fighter - that said, the military does have firefighters as an MOS/rating.

    Much like civilian life, it's all about availability and qualifying for the position, so, a billet would have to be available and you'd have to get through A-school to get the position.

  • 1 month ago

    You should do whichever appeals to you most.  If you have a desire for higher education then you should go to college.  If you wish to experience military training you should join the military.  You could do both. 

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