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  • ArkansasFan24
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    Originally posted by PhoenixCadet View Post
    How does it not conflict with being in college, though? I'm sure all departments vary in this area, but I would be sure that all have a minimum call response requirement of some sort.

    With my situation, I'm hoping to go to college in NYC, but the area I'll be living in and being a member of the VFD is 20 minutes into NJ.

    Am I making a bigger deal out of this issue than I should?
    When I was in college I did not live on campus nor did I want to. I commuted due to other obligations and desires. I commuted 45 minutes each day compared to your 20. When I got up in the morning to go to class I did just that. I didn't carry a pager with me as I'm sure it wouldn't have received a tone out anyway, plus I was preoccupied with formulating the future of my life.

    When I got back home each day I again became a member of the community and when paged I responded to fires. I recall two different occasions where I was paged to things at about the time I had to leave for class. On one occasion because I was in a position to skip class without any penalties I did just that. On the other, I pressed on to class and took my exam as scheduled. I remember a car fire one morning when the pager sounded at the exact same moment my tv came on, as programmed, to wake me up. From a clouded, sleepy 20 year old mind it took me quite a few moments to figure out exactly what was going on. Because I had to shower, shave, and all of that so I could get to class I skipped the fire call. Why? I was a volunteer. I had obligations, and there were other people that could respond.

    The nature of a volunteer fire department is just that - volunteer. These types of departments understand that you are sacraficing a lot more than time by being a member, and they also understand that sometimes you're required to commit to things other than the fire department.

    What I did get absolutely sick of was working 48 hour weekend shifts while then teaching middle school five days a week. Sensory overload! Made good money though.


    I'm on a different volunteer fire department now (after moving) by request more so than choice. I deal with it when I can.

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  • exdrip
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    Good timing for this. I just got onboard as VFF yesterday, glad to hear its quite common

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  • PhoenixCadet
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    Originally posted by 417Lt View Post
    PhoenixCadet- Keep in mind you are in Ca., or at least that's what your current location is listed as. The responses are coming in from all over the country and as you know, we are not like the rest of the country. I'd suggest researching the question exactly where you plan to do it. Be prepared for responses a little different from what has been posted.
    I definitely understand and plan on doing that. I've already contacted the department I plan on volunteering at - I was just hoping to get somewhat of a general answer.

    Thanks!

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  • PhoenixCadet
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    Originally posted by just joe View Post
    Yes, you are maker a bigger deal out of it than you should. You go to school in the day and you run a shift or two in the evenings or at night.
    Got it. Thanks.

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  • jchughes05
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    Hell, most of the cops I work with are volly squirrels on the side! :-P

    No offense, I was once, myself.

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  • just joe
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    Yes, you are maker a bigger deal out of it than you should. You go to school in the day and you run a shift or two in the evenings or at night.

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  • 417Lt
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    PhoenixCadet- Keep in mind you are in Ca., or at least that's what your current location is listed as. The responses are coming in from all over the country and as you know, we are not like the rest of the country. I'd suggest researching the question exactly where you plan to do it. Be prepared for responses a little different from what has been posted.

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  • PhilipCal
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    Originally posted by PhoenixCadet View Post
    How does it not conflict with being in college, though? I'm sure all departments vary in this area, but I would be sure that all have a minimum call response requirement of some sort.

    With my situation, I'm hoping to go to college in NYC, but the area I'll be living in and being a member of the VFD is 20 minutes into NJ.

    Am I making a bigger deal out of this issue than I should?
    What it will come down to is setting priorities and managing your time. A balancing act in other words. If you can do that, great. If not, you'll soon find out. Good luck.

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  • PhoenixCadet
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    How does it not conflict with being in college, though? I'm sure all departments vary in this area, but I would be sure that all have a minimum call response requirement of some sort.

    With my situation, I'm hoping to go to college in NYC, but the area I'll be living in and being a member of the VFD is 20 minutes into NJ.

    Am I making a bigger deal out of this issue than I should?

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  • just joe
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    It shouldn't be a problem as long as you don't let the positions conflict with each other.

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  • ArkansasFan24
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    Originally posted by PhoenixCadet View Post
    As the title imples - I'm curious as to what some of you think about this. As I've made it known, I'm hoping for a career in LE, whether it be federal, state or local. I've also thought about joining one of the local VFD's (either here or where I hope to be located after school).

    My question for you is: Do you think being a LEO and a volunteer firefigher at the same time will be too much? If not - has anyone (or is anyone) presently doing that?

    Thanks!
    I did it. Being a vollie and a cop really doesn't cause much schedule conflict. I was on a VFD during college, and I was on a VFD when I was a school teacher while also working part-time as a paramedic.

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  • 10-31Mike
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    You can do whatever floats your boat. Just keep in mind which one pays the bills.
    The right combination of all three (Police/Fire/EMS) can be great. The wrong combination can be a disaster.

    I've done all three. Someday I might write a book on the diffrence. Today is not that day. The buttons are blurry.

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  • MMeeusen
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    Worked great for me

    I joined our local volunteer fire department when I was 18 and the decided to go on to be a LEO and while I was in college I continued to take fire type classes on nights and weekends and eventually took some medical classes and became an EMT. Then when I graduated from school I started to interview and a lot of chiefs were impressed by what I all did while in school. Any little thing that you can do to give yourself the edge over someone else is something you got to do. Just remember that when you start to take tests at departments look to your left and to your right and think about what they have that you don't....if you can get what they got do it...just be the best you can and you'll do great as a cop...good luck

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  • nuthead
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    Originally posted by PhoenixCadet View Post
    Ok - another quick question. What about being a member of a volunteer fire department and a college student at the same time?

    Given that school is like a job to most students, I would assume it's the same situation as with being in an actual job - I just want to make sure.
    LOL, I'm going to school too - working on a computer programming degree. Same advice applies.

    I also run a part-time computer repair business and I'm an active Shriner.

    It's all about pacing yourself and time management.

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  • PhoenixCadet
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    Ok - another quick question. What about being a member of a volunteer fire department and a college student at the same time?

    Given that school is like a job to most students, I would assume it's the same situation as with being in an actual job - I just want to make sure.

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