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Career change??

Discussion in 'Firefighter/EMS Talk' started by txwrangler, May 26, 2007.

  1. I'm tired of all the BS in public education... The city that I live in is hiring for the firefighter academy this month, and I'm thinking of trying out. I workout on an elliptical machine every morning for 35 minutes, been doing it for 2.5 years, but I know that's not going to be enough to help me on the physical test...what do I need to do?? I've only got about 2 weeks until the test??


  2. tbhracing

    tbhracing Senior Member

    Apr 3, 2005

  3. Ill trade jobs with you!! I have sixteen years in a career dept. and am tired of all the BS here. I am going back to college to become an elementary school teacher. I have fours years to go till
    I can retire. Best of luck on the test!
  4. AB1136


    Dec 14, 2005

    Hey it's bou!:hugs: I guess I finally have something in common with you....Glocks! Don't take this as me getting soft though, you can keep your damn TT helmets :tongueout: Now if I can just talk you into telling me what department you work for....:whistling: :whistling:

  5. Well, maybe things are different in your state, but being a teacher in Texas is getting worse by the minute... Thanks, and good luck to you also!!!

  6. Ben,

    Being a fire fighter is the best job that I have ever had. However our dept. is the problem. Too long of a story but lots of morale, union vs. management problems that never got any better over the years.
    Teaching is still pretty good here in Eastern PA. as long as you stay out of the cities.
    PM me if you need any help or advice.


  7. obxemt

    obxemt Chaplain of CT

    Stay in education and go volunteer somewhere.
  8. I'm also a coach, so the volunteering thing wouldn't work too well... I basically work 7am-7pm, Mon-Sat, from August til April when all sports are finished...
  9. obxemt

    obxemt Chaplain of CT

    I'm taking the reverse route from you and our experiences differ, so what I have to say may not matter. I started volunteering at 15, EMT at 18 and police officer at 20. I left L.E. to finish a degree and now I'm headed to graduate school and hope to teach eventually on the college level. Some people find public safety the be-all/end-all, but I was left unfulfilled after 10 years. Firemen and cops tend to be very specialized and narrowly focused, which for the job is a good thing, but it can also be frustrating. If you truly feel "called" to firefighting, pursue it with all you can.

    I know nothing about Texas, and I know your time is limited, but if part-time options are available you may want to pursue that as well since you could have the best of both worlds.

    We need teachers like you to stick around and impact our kids positively! There's nothing more meaningful than that.
  10. I think that's one of the biggest reasons I'm getting out of education, is that I believe I'm not making a big enough impact on the kids that I teach/coach. The biggest thing I see impacting the kids today are drugs. (not like it used to be when kids went out and drank beer on the they're going and snorting coke, doing some meth, or smoking a joint before school or at lunch to get them through the day) (BTW, this is part of what pisses me off...we get a kid after lunch that smells like he just smoked 5 lbs of marijuana, and nothing can be done...we just have to light candles to cover the smell and let them stay in class and fall asleep or whatever...) It's REALLY depressing seeing what MANY of these kids are doing to themselves and their future.
  11. obxemt

    obxemt Chaplain of CT

    How about private school? Oh wait - that's sometimes worse. :animlol:
  12. FireMarshal

    FireMarshal NRA Member

    Jun 2, 2007
    SW USA
    Go for it, it doesn't get easier as you get older. Couple guys here substitute teach on their days off.
  13. I went and picked up a study guide for the entrance exam last night and started going through it. I also called a guy I know who is a firefighter for the city and asked him what all I had to do on the physical part of the test. I hope my 32 year old body can do what mind thinks it I take the test on the 16th, so I've still got a little time to improve!

  14. RyanNREMTP

    RyanNREMTP Inactive/Banned

    Jun 16, 2007
    Waco, Texas
  15. Glkster19


    May 12, 2001
    Lansing, MI

    Apparently we've worked at the same dept for years and haven't never met :headscratch: :headscratch: :headscratch: :headscratch:

    :kidding: :kidding: :kidding: :kidding: