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Old 08-17-2009, 10:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Or a close relative or something?

I am thinking of a career change and that seems more up my alley. Really the crux of the decision is going to be based on salary and how the pension works so I'm hoping to get some information on that from someone!

I know I'll take a pay hit, but I don't care as long as it won't be ridiculous.

Can anyone point me in the right direction?

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Reni, there are a couple schools in Ontario now that offer a firefighting program. I know forsure that St. Lawrence College in Kingston is one of them. But of my friends here in the Ottawa area that are fulltime firefighters it took them years before they became one. Mostly because they want to see a ton of experience working as a volunteer firefighter first. So, my only advice is to contact your municipality to find out how you become a volunteer and start getting some experience that way.
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Yeah I know GETTING the job is insane. I intend on taking a program but before I look into taking one, I want to know the likely payout is.

I am a CA, so I'm doing pretty well as salary goes. I'd be a lot happier in another type of work, especially something more exciting and out of an office.

I have to do a bit of a cost-benefit calculation of the career move and I can't do that until I know my potential salary. Especially because I'd be taking a year off to do the college program.

You dig?

Like would your pals be able to pass any salary information on to me? It's unionized so I would expect there are some standardized rates out there.
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No shit, you're a CA? My sig. other is a CA too. Used to work in Toronto but moved to a smaller firm.

Sorry, I don't have more to add, but just found that interesting.
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Yeah we're not all as boring and mundane as the claim...Although I guess you already found that out


I just think business, is well, kind of dumb. I understand it is the gears of our society but the actual work performed is so insane! So even though I'm capable of doing it, I don't know that I should be.
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Well, plus doing something as interesting as a firefighter is cool. If what I hear is true and you're working for one of the big 4, just to keep your job is pretty damn cut throat and alot of the managers today are douchebags (sorry if you're a manager btw )

The only thing I know about being a firefighter, from a few friends of mine who've become them, is you need to be in impeccable physical shape and be willing to work anywhere to start and then move around later on in life. I know one guy, lived here (Hamilton) wanted to work here, but ended up working out in BC, just because they had more job openings and instead of volunteering, it was a paid position that would get him the valuable experience he needed.
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Well, plus doing something as interesting as a firefighter is cool. If what I hear is true and you're working for one of the big 4, just to keep your job is pretty damn cut throat and alot of the managers today are douchebags (sorry if you're a manager btw )

The only thing I know about being a firefighter, from a few friends of mine who've become them, is you need to be in impeccable physical shape and be willing to work anywhere to start and then move around later on in life. I know one guy, lived here (Hamilton) wanted to work here, but ended up working out in BC, just because they had more job openings and instead of volunteering, it was a paid position that would get him the valuable experience he needed.
Yeah I'm at one of the big 4. I haven't hit the manager level just yet haha.. I'm still maybe 2 years off that. The reason I've kept my job is just because my interpersonal skills blow everyone else's out of the water at my level.

So getting rid of me is nuts because clients always love me. My work is NOT as good as other people on paper but that's not where you make money. I've also billed 8 hours a day since february 17th hahaha...So lots of money coming in off my hands.

I don't really have any concerns about the physical aspect. I lift 4 times a week, I run 8-9 k a few times a week and I play other sports. I know there is an IQ test but apparently if you are smart and have the right material to study from you can clear 90% on it no problems.

I have no problem moving around, what the heck. Might have to sell my condo but what are you gonna do?

Since when is moving to BC a bad thing? hahaha

But job availability is LOW. That is the concern but I can always track down a connection or two if I have to....At least I hope!
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My firefighter buddy went to school out west, hasn't got a job yet, despite looking for 5 + years. He's just volunteering in a small town until something comes around.
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Another good strategy, it's worked for some people I know, is just simply walking down to a firestation and talking to the firefighters there instead of simply being a name without a face. Quick way to network.
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i have a 4 friends who went to school to be firefighters. unfortunately only one of them landed immediate employment upon finishing their program (he went to texas for it).

one good way to get your foot in the door is to sign yourself up as a forestry firefighter for the summer months. supposedly it's a lot fun and you'll get the experience they're looking for. as for jobs, the other 3 had to take different routes. two of them are out in the fort mac area working as fire safety inspectors and the other joined the forces as a firefighter.
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i'll say this, being a firefighter is pretty much the best job you could ever dream of having.
i've met a few (not close friends or anything), and they say its the best career in the world. I have a friend thats been trying to get in for almost 3 years now... and thats the catch.
the openings are few and far between.
its one thing to do all the schooling, training, and get on the list... and its another thing to actually get a job.
supposedly the waiting list is insanely big.

it may not be fair, but it will definitely help your cause if you're A) a minority or B) a female.
if not, you'll be in for a helluva wait... and thats the kicker. my friends been waiting 3 years (going on 4), and he's pretty much done it all. he's volunteered, graduated school, made connections - and still no dice. he's been waiting and waiting to get the call and I'm guessing will try his hand at another career in the time being. if you have the financial freedom (or are living at home with the folks), then go for it. if not, get your stuff in check now and be prepared to wait. but you never know, you could get lucky.
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Yeah I know GETTING the job is insane. I intend on taking a program but before I look into taking one, I want to know the likely payout is.

I am a CA, so I'm doing pretty well as salary goes. I'd be a lot happier in another type of work, especially something more exciting and out of an office.

I have to do a bit of a cost-benefit calculation of the career move and I can't do that until I know my potential salary. Especially because I'd be taking a year off to do the college program.

You dig?

Like would your pals be able to pass any salary information on to me? It's unionized so I would expect there are some standardized rates out there.
Reni, the starting salary in Ottawa for firefighters is approximately 52K.
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I am a volunteer fire fighter in my home town. Only big cities in NB have paid full time fire fighters. I am also a business student, so I mean I find both quite interesting. I would suggest, here we have to basically get level 1 and level 2 of first aid and then be a volunteer for X as many years. I don't quite know 100 % because I just plan on volunteering wherever I live. I am sure if you went to your local fire hall they would give you a tour introduce you to things, let you go on a call or two. Be ready to see a lot though. Just last week I was the first on scene, was around when the accident happened and a fight almost broke out. (yikes) and their is a bunch of protocall to follow.

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DUDE!! Start a fire and be the first one there. Put out the fire to the cheers of onlookers.

When the firefighters gets there, the Captain will put his arm around you and say " You're good. I think we have a job for you down at the station. Come along, son"

=loud applause=

Happens in the movies ALL the time in the movies.
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That must be some good grass you are smoking Raptorman.
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That must be some good grass you are smoking Raptorman.
What do you mean, it happens all the time.

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i am a forest firefighter...but only work during the summer....my dad works for forest district in Burns Lake and he asked me if i wanted to join and i did....i get 15 dollars an hour......but i do it for the fun and excitement....and get quit a good workout too.....but there are a lot of hours available so i make really good money for a summer job.....if you dont like sitting in an office its a great job....and on top of that your helping the community as well....
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DUDE!! Start a fire and be the first one there. Put out the fire to the cheers of onlookers.

When the firefighters gets there, the Captain will put his arm around you and say " You're good. I think we have a job for you down at the station. Come along, son"

=loud applause=

Happens in the movies ALL the time in the movies.
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