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Fire Engineering Radio: The Future Firefighter Podcast with Captain Justin Schorr

Fire Engineering Radio: The Future Firefighter Podcast with Captain Justin Schorr Fire Engineering Radio: The Future Firefighter Podcast with Captain Justin Schorr

 “Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they’re yours.”

– Richard Bach

In this episode, Chris Baker sits down with Rescue Captain, Justin Schorr, "the Happy Medic" to talk about what he's learned over the last 25 years in the fire service and why one of the worst pieces of advice is "get your Medic." While obtaining the license will get you on a smaller list when hired, there's a catch, they want you to work as a medic when you get hired.  Find out more about what EMS means to the Future Firefighter and listen to this episode.

"Should every Future Firefighter become a Paramedic?  In one word, Yes.  EMS is the future of the Modern Fire Service so each candidate should have a grasp on their place in the system as they get hired.  Paramedicine isn't for everyone. There's a lot of stress involved in not only obtaining the license, but maintaining it and, of course, being responsible for the care of your patients." (Schorr)

"When you get hired as a Paramedic, here's a hint...they need you as a Paramedic." (Schorr)

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Where Do I Start To Become A Future Firefighter?

Where Do I Start To Become A Future Firefighter? Where Do I Start To Become A Future Firefighter?

 

As Fire Science Instructors and Fire Technology Directors, we are frequently asked by perspective fire academy candidates, "what fire academy should I attend?"  Our response is usually a series of questions for the prospective future firefighter.  Where do you reside?  Where is your community located?  Where do you want to serve as a firefighter?  Where does your family live?  Where will you have a stable support system established?

There are several State Fire Marshal accredited academies in California.  Our suggestion is finding a location that can support you during one of the hardest and most challenging college semesters you will ever experience.  Having a support system is quintessential and vital in having a successful experience during this grueling process of becoming a firefighter. Build a network of people who support your journey and finding those that can mentor you along the way can be the difference between success and failure. Start by being open and upfront with your family about the challenges you will face and what you need from them to finish. The level of commitment required for the fire academy isn't something that you can take for granted. The fire academy will consume your whole life for at least six months, and you will have no free time.

The level of preparation before the academy is just as important as during the academy.  You have to be in top physical condition before you embark on this journey. Many academies require candidates to pass a physical fitness assessment or hold a current candidate physical ability test (CPAT) card as a pre-requisite to starting the academy. To prepare, try various fitness activates such as running, high-intensity training, and functional fitness programs. Many basic fire academies include a run of 1.5 miles, pushups, sit-ups, pull-ups, or a combination of fire ground movements as a standard entry assessment. The start of your day during the academy is as early as 4:30 AM, and somedays, you might leave the drill grounds at approximately 7:30 PM in the evening. Both of us can recall studying for exams till midnight and only receiving four hours of sleep per night. The weekends are not days off; however, they are full days of continuous self-improvement and preparation for future firefighter skills examinations.

 

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Fire Engineering Radio: The Future Firefighter Podcast with Assistant Chief Nicol Juratovac

Fire Engineering Radio: The Future Firefighter Podcast with Assistant Chief Nicol Juratovac Fire Engineering Radio: The Future Firefighter Podcast with Assistant Chief Nicol Juratovac

“All that I am I owe, I live eternally in the red.”– Dr. Carl Holmes

 

THE FUTURE FEMALE FIREFIGHTER

“I can’t help but tell you that it’s all about the mentorship.  Without the direction and guidance of those who have come before us, there is no way that either one of us would be here.  The main message I want to relay to everyone is this, we can’t do this job alone.  Whether you are a woman or a man, you are going to need the advice and the guidance that we all need in every profession to succeed and thrive.” – Assistant Chief Nicol Juratovac

 

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Fire Engineering Radio: The Future Firefighter Podcast with Dr. Harry Carter

Fire Engineering Radio: The Future Firefighter Podcast with Dr. Harry Carter Fire Engineering Radio: The Future Firefighter Podcast with Dr. Harry Carter

 

Live from FDIC 2018: Day Five

The Value of Education in the Fire Service

 

“I have achieved a great deal in life through education.”– Dr. Harry R. Carter

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