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If you get some courses under your belt you are much less likley to become injured in this field.

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Some departments do not require school. Some require a BA. My opinion is that all firefighters really need training and coursework.

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2010-03-29 help:

Hi Auraxa,  I think the key word in this question is "TV". We are not as bad as it looks. We do start a lot of equipment if we do not know what the call is or how bad it is. Once identified we send everyone

2010-01-04 CrossTraining:

Yes they do exist. They are called PSO's. That was what I did. If your looking at Utah, try the Davis County Sheriffs Office to start. You may want to search PSO's on the net. You will find the departments

2009-10-28 HazMat Tech:

Hi Andrew,  Please look at your haz-mat work within DOD first. I have not found anyone who makes the money a haz mat tech makes. I am thinking about Hill Air Force Base where I trained some of the techs

2009-09-03 Background:

Hi Steven,  You do have a problem. It is not because of your work ethic or training, it will be because you are un-insurable. Look to your drivers license division and find out how long this thing will

2009-07-28 Becoming a Fire Fighter:

Hi Brent,  I think I just answered your other question but here goes. To be a local firefighter in your area go to the nearest fire station and ask how to get on there department. While you are there ask


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