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Wanting to be a Firefighter but have another career...

Discussion in 'Firefighter/EMS Talk' started by ChopperEd, Nov 14, 2006.

  1. ChopperEd

    ChopperEd

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    Hi guys. Ever since I was young I've wanted to be a pilot and a firefighter. In high school and after, the opprotunity came for me to pick the pilot route and right now I'm 23 and working as a flight instructor helicopter pilot.
    Now, one of our students is a local fireman and is at the tail end of his training to be a flight instructor. I was talking to him about my interest in becoming a fireman and he told me that the local fire depts in the area would have a huge need in the coming year and told me to give it a shot to do both.
    Now the question is, how many of you hold a second career or job in your spare time. As a flight instructor I've spent a considerable amount of money on training and just at the beginning of my career. On the other hand,becoming a firefighter and working for a municipality and having a career in public service,security, and benefits and working as a pilot on the spare time.
    What do you guys think?
     
  2. tbhracing

    tbhracing Senior Member

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  3. k9medic

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    ChoppedEd,

    I worked the 24/48 rotation on a truck and did CFI work as well for about a year. I basically worked 13 days in a row, and didn't have much to show for it at the end of the day. After i figured out what I wanted to do in life, I focused all of my energy on flying.

    You have to decide on what you really want to do in life. When I was 23, I already had 5 years in as either a police officer or FF. I made the big choice at 26 and have not looked back since.

    FWIW, i currently fly EMS so I'm just driving a different ambulance now :supergrin:
     
  4. Pyro

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    We work 24 on 48 off on my department, basically 10 shifts a month. Many guys have part time jobs and/or businesses.
     
  5. tbhracing

    tbhracing Senior Member

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  6. hotpig

    hotpig IAFF Local 4766 CLM

    I work the 48/96 at my FD and a few shifts each month on a Hospital based ALS service. I also work as a reserve Police Officer and keep passing on the paid part time positions that open. I make more as a medic than the cops do.