Fire & Emergency Careers, And Fire Safety Info/Stuck between two choices.


Hello sir.

My name is Taylor, and I've always wanted to be a Firefighter ever since I had them come to my birthday party. The thought of saving a life has always pushed me into this field. However, I am at an impasse right now. I love the idea of being a wildland Firefighter, but at the same time I'd love nothing more than to save a life from a burning building. I was in training to be a volunteer Firefighter a few years ago, but that fell flat when I had to move. Now, I am living in Colorado, and would love to serve for as much time as I am here (I plan to move back to my home state of Texas later in life.)

My problem is that I don't know which path I should choose. I've done research on both, and I feel a calling to both the urban and wildland paths. That being said, is there anyway at all a wildland Firefighter could cross-train to serve as an urban Firefighter as well, or vice-versa? I love both fields and I could see myself doing both.

Thank you sir, for your service in saving lives. I hope to hear from you soon!

Hey Taylor:

 I understand your dilemma, and understand your feelings towards saving lives. Both of the occupations require commitment and time. Much of the training is the same but the jobs themselves are completely different. Structural firefighting is a confined fire where wild land fires are spread over great distances with several jurisdictions involved.  As far as cross training in both... I would set my sights on getting the required education and certification  necessary to become an urban firefighter first. You could always change your fields later. That way you would have the bulk of the certifications you would need for both careers.

Please let me know if you need any more help

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34 year veteran with the City of Overland Park Kansas Fire Department.

Overland Park,a large suburb of Kansas City, Missouri, is the second most populous city in Kansas with a population of 166,000

Overland Park ranks as one of the most progressive departments, as well as cities, in the United States. In 2006 CNN/Money Magazine ranked it 6th on it's "100 Best Cities to live in the United States". A recent 2007 article by National Geographic Magazine lists Overland Park as one of the top 50 US destinations.

Our department seems to grow daily and currently staffs approximately 160 paid fire and EMS personnel covering 69 square miles of territory with five stations. Our training facility is nothing less than state of the art with live computer controlled burn props on several floors of it's five story tower. A recently added Command and Control Center has added a new dimension to our regional wide response to large incidents.

I currently carry the rank of Captain/EMT. To this day I totally love my job and department as well as those individuals I work with. My family members include three brothers in the fire service as well as three in law enforcement. My father was a fire chief with a midwest fire department before he retired after 32 years of service.
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