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My name is Juan Serrano and I am a 27 year old firefighter and I have been around the fire service for 10+ years to date. Currently, I work in a municipal fire department as a firefighter/ Advance-EMT in the western United states. We are a smaller department that runs only around 2000 calls per year. I love what I do and wouldn’t do anything else.
I knew at a young age (when I was 14) that I wanted to become a firefighter. There was just one problem, I couldn’t find a lot of resources online to help me figure out how to become one. After doing some research I realized that the best move I could do at that age was to join an explorer program. I found out that there was actually an explorer program going on in my city so my parents helped sign me up.
I love the program and learned an incredible amount about the fire service. I highly recommend doing an explorer program if one is available to you. With my experience as a fire explorer and motivation to continue in the career, I decided to enroll in the 8 month basic fire academy at Fresno city college and signed up for an EMT-Basic class at Fresno City College. I passed both classes then started my exciting search for a job. I applied to every fire job, both municipal and wildland, that I could find. I didn’t have much hope that I was going to get any full-time position soon because I had no experience at the time but I still had hope. The next summer came and I didn’t get any calls for a job.
Since I didn’t get any calls I decided I was going to get my degree in fire science. I signed up to be a full-time student for that fall semester. 3 weeks into my classes I got a call from a type 2 wildland crew. I was stoked! Now because it was later in the year I didn’t have to go through the normal interview process but instead had to go on a hike with 6 other individuals. I was the first to finish and so I was offered the job as a firefighter on the crew.
I was on that wildland crew for 4 seasons in which I went up the ranks and became a lead sawyer, lead firefighter, and lastly a crew leader. Within all these years I was periodically testing to multiple different municipal fire departments but the furthest I got in the testing process was a handful of interviews.
After the 4th season, to my surprise, I was offered a job with that same wildland crew to be a full-time employee at their municipal department. I accepted the position and I’ve worked happily there for the last 3+ years to date. I understand how hard and stressful it is to become a firefighter. Test after test after test being told no takes its toll on you. That feeling is what made me want to start this site in the first place. If I can help others get a job then I have succeeded.
Who is this site for?
I hope this site will be for 3 types of people. Now I’ve had a lot of friends and family ask me what I do all day when I’m at work. They ask questions like; do we sit around all day waiting for a fire to start? Why do we go on medical calls? How many hours a day do we train? Why do we get paid to go to the grocery store? and many more questions. I realize that the only resource for them is what they see on tv.
I know my life is not like what I see on the show Chicago fire.
I want to be the first site that’s out there answering those questions with in-depth detail to give a true idea of what firefighters do and why we do it. To be honest, my parents still are confused at times of what I do exactly.
This site will also for men and woman are already working as firefighters, whether you are in a full-time position, part-time, per diem, or volunteer. I plan to post different tips and tricks that come across my eyes, talk about some calls that I run, and even give reviews on some tools me or my co-workers use. Not to mention adding in some fitness tips.
Lastly, I would like this site to be for aspiring firefighters who need advice, help or just questions about the job. I know when I was trying to get a job I couldn’t find any information about becoming a firefighter out there. Hopefully this site will become a hub for these men and woman to come and learn, get advice, or ask questions they have about getting a job. It’s not easy to get a job as a firefighter, I hope I can make it a tad bit easier.
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