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Old June 15th, 2009, 10:15 AM   #1
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how are the jobs today.. are they in demand or are they laying off.. just curious, thinking about changing career paths... let me know..
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Old June 15th, 2009, 10:46 AM   #2
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Not much full time around here, must have emt and you will have a good chance if your a medic. I could have gotten a Full time job in Tenn. my cousin is full time but the pay is around $11 per hr. I hear florida is hiring.
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Old June 15th, 2009, 11:16 AM   #3
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Not much full time around here, must have emt and you will have a good chance if your a medic. I could have gotten a Full time job in Tenn. my cousin is full time but the pay is around $11 per hr. I hear florida is hiring.
$11/hr is not enough money to put your life on the line....
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Old June 15th, 2009, 11:18 AM   #4
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It's very competative in SE Michigan.. You'll need to get your FF1&2, EMT and Paramedic to even be looked at anymore.

Good Luck!!! I wouldn't want to be doing anything differant, other than being a stay at home dad!
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Old June 15th, 2009, 11:51 AM   #5
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with the falling economy, assessed/taxable values are plummeting. that means that local property tax revenues are also falling.

further, the michigan tax tribunal (quasi-judicial agency that hears property tax disputes) has had record case loads, as property owners appeal their assessed and taxable values as they feel local assessor's calculations are too slow and/or flawed to reflect the current market. look for multi-million dollar appeals to increase as well as Chrysler/Ford/GM and their Tier 1/2 suppliers all file

The Ford family hired someone with a less than savory reputation, as well as a sketchy track record of not following through on their appeals, but GM historically hires Honigman, and Mr. Shapiro their lead property tax counsel has his name appended to many published cases and likely will end up either winning cases, or bludgeoning the municipalities into a consent judgement/stipulation to avoid very expensive litigation and independent appraisal fees

the state of michigan is, and has been struggling to balance its budget, meaning they will likely cut state-shared revenues to local communities (again). these will further be cut in a few years after the federal census reveals that virtually every community shrank in size as people have fled the state.

even the legendary Oakland County, historically a very strong fiscally balanced form of Government is struggling to avoid layoffs (and keep its pet programs afloat)

given the bleak outlook on local government revenue streams, combined with the aforementioned levels of competition and certs/requirements, you may find it easier to just get into the nursing field
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Old June 15th, 2009, 12:19 PM   #6
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Are you really sure you want to be a firefighter? The stress is HUGE. I mean, it might be your turn to make dinner and you could burn the meatloaf or something! My God! Why would you want to take on that kind of stress. Thank God that firehouses are equipped with comfortable living spaces with cable television, often times pool tables and video games. It would be unbearable otherwise.

Besides.....fire trucks are big, red and incredibly slow. How embarrassing to be making all that racket with sirens and fog horns and bells only to lumber down the street at a whopping 32 mph.
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Old June 15th, 2009, 12:25 PM   #7
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Are you really sure you want to be a firefighter? The stress is HUGE. I mean, it might be your turn to make dinner and you could burn the meatloaf or something! My God! Why would you want to take on that kind of stress. Thank God that firehouses are equipped with comfortable living spaces with cable television, often times pool tables and video games. It would be unbearable otherwise.

Besides.....fire trucks are big, red and incredibly slow. How embarrassing to be making all that racket with sirens and fog horns and bells only to lumber down the street at a whopping 32 mph.
did someone turn a water cannon on you once? or did one of their Dalmatians mount your leg?
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Old June 15th, 2009, 12:30 PM   #8
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...or did one of their Dalmatians mount your leg?
He shot it before it could starch his pantleg.
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Old June 15th, 2009, 12:34 PM   #9
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He shot it before it could starch his pantleg.
With a 12 gauge and blew its leg/shoulder off.
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Old June 15th, 2009, 02:13 PM   #10
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yea im looking at ff1&2 but i have to get my emt also.. well im still interested i guess. just got more costly though...
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Old June 15th, 2009, 05:52 PM   #11
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how are the jobs today.. are they in demand or are they laying off.. just curious, thinking about changing career paths... let me know..
I see you are from Holton.... If you wanted to move, my G/F's sister just resigned from Muskegon TWP station 2.. She is full time Wyoming, and was part-time twp.... So they have an opening. Do you have an of the schooling or anything? Also, Blue Lake is ALWAYS hiring part timers.
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Old June 15th, 2009, 07:45 PM   #12
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no i dont have any of the schooling i am looking into it right now...
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Old June 15th, 2009, 07:47 PM   #13
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Have you gone to the Holton FD and asked them if they are Hiring? Are you looking for Part Time or Full Time?
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Old June 15th, 2009, 07:55 PM   #14
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i would like full but i would do part time, how long is the schooling for it? what exactly do i need to get? i know i need ff1&2 but some of the guys are saying u need to have emt and paramedics also
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Old June 15th, 2009, 07:56 PM   #15
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You might want to join a local paid on call station and they will probally train you . It will also give you an idea if it is a good career path. Although the few structure fires and field fires I go to are a far cry from the action a few guys I know in Downriver detroit see.
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Old June 15th, 2009, 08:06 PM   #16
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ok ill talk to the local FD see if they do any training..
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Old June 15th, 2009, 08:07 PM   #17
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i would like full but i would do part time, how long is the schooling for it? what exactly do i need to get? i know i need ff1&2 but some of the guys are saying u need to have emt and paramedics also
IMO... your best bet is to get on a department in your hometown.... Let them get you through FF1/2 and at LEAST your MFR, which is required..... Then, you can take bridge classes, to get your EMT. Then, in a few years, after you have proved yourself, you can begin the application process at other FDs. It will most likely take a while. I don't know of any full timers that have gotten on with zero experiance. They all had some somewhere, be it as a Paramedic, EMT or a FF on another dept.
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Old June 15th, 2009, 08:10 PM   #18
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ok.. i will deffinatly talk to the local FD's in holton and in muskegon.. im open to anywhere in muskegon county really.. and would do part time..
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Old June 15th, 2009, 08:10 PM   #19
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ok ill talk to the local FD see if they do any training..
BTW.. Holton got their ass handed to the about 3 weeks ago.. a Confirmed Structure fire (fully involved), 78y/o male diff breather, and a 7month old not breathing.. all in like 5 minuites of eachother. They had to scramble.. quick.. Fremont, Blue Lake, and Whitehall all got assists.


Don't let anybody tell you that Girls can't be firefighters. If you bust ass and prove yourself you can do it. I am privledged to have to Females on my FD, and my G/F sister is a badass, running full time for Wyoming. (south of GR), Dalton has a Female FF that is a Lieutentent.... She's pretty hardcore to.

Definatly do a Part time gig before you quit your current job...

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Old June 15th, 2009, 08:20 PM   #20
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will do thanks monkeybiz.. i think ill talk to blue lake... im going to talk to all but thats pretty close
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