Career firefighters have no excuse to be fat

>work in midwest metro area of roughly 250,000
>obviously not here for the pay (40k) but it's fun work and I'm pursuing other career goals
>work 24 hour shift with 2 days in between
>about to change to 48 hour shifts with 4 days off in between
>literally never have to use vacation time
>everyone here with the exception of about 3 others are fat fucking slobs

>ask coworker to bring over my pre workout I left at his station
>"no can do brother man, that'd require me to slide my fatass out from this fucking recliner"
>Ask same coworker an hour later if he wants to get ice cream at Braum's
>"sheeeeiiiit absolutely lemme hop in the engine, be there in 1.2 seconds"

I have enough free time in my day to train with the guys for fire shit, take a nap afterwards and then lift heavy for a couple hours. At each station we have a squat rack, bench, dumbells, kettle bells, row machines, treadmills, lat pull downs, you get the fucking point.

Fatty firefighter piss me off. When they show up on scene it does not instill confidence in the public.

I'm just here until I get on a larger department where they actually have standards. Meanwhile, I'll continue to get paid to work out.

  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I know a Columbian oyster farming forum isnt the best place to start my firefighter career, but what was the experience like to get to the position you have now? Is it really as easy as volunteering, getting your EMT liscense and passing the physical?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      My local community college had a degree program that included all of my necessary certifications including EMT. I went ahead and finished it out with my associate’s degree.

      While I know that's not available everywhere, obviously different departments put on different classes from time to time.

      >is it really as easy as volunteering
      Yes, I'd argue easier. Where I'm located, during the kung flu, the two big ambulance companies did all of the lift assists so we didn't have to get out of bed at 2:30 in the morning to help fatty get unstuck from between the tub and toilet. That policy just stayed in place. So I only have to get out of bed for an actual medical call, MVA or fire.

      On top of that, when on a paid department, you're mostly gonna have personnel who are much more experienced and know what they're doing. This is going to instill confidence in your crew and you'll just like the calls more. Love the volunteer guys but sometimes they can be real Elmer Fudds.

      >EMT license
      EMT wasn't as bad as people say, I had a blast. I did my clinical time in the city I'm near (population ~150,000) and did a few night shifts on Halloween weekend. I did have to retake the written test a single time, but I plan on pursuing my paramedic license soon and moving to a larger department that is ALS. Some of the paramedics in my area are starting at 80 to 90k a year. So if you want to get paid a lot more, go medical. Even they have 24/48 shifts in some places.

      The most difficult part of my journey was the interview process. Since I had no previous experience on a department it was difficult to relate my previous work experience to the fire service. I got reject like 7 or 8 times before I got my foot in the door.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Thanks for the info fren hope all is well

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Thanks bro. Actually on duty right now. Just got in bed after doing a fuckton of squat.

          Good luck on the path, anon.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Something I forgot to add

      A lot of departments in more populated areas just put on their own academies. The two adjacent departments around me are hiring people with absolutely no certifications at all. They'll put you through their own Fire I and II, HAZMAT and EMT all while your a paid employee.

      Just have to get through the interview process.

      If I had to do it all over again, I'd take my EMT, work on the ambulance to build experience (since most of your calls on the fire department will be medical calls anyway) and then apply to a department that has their own academy.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I went through emt school but didn't make it through the academy. Which I mean I was fucking devastated but it just wasn't the right career for me

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Realistically plenty of guys are firefighters because they’re lazy and unmotivated. Not all of them, but if you really had the urge you need to work out hard and eat chicken and broccoli most of the time you aren’t going to be content sitting in a fire station doing nothing all day (unless you realize that’s a great chance to lift all day and get paid)

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Got my CPAT in August. Anyone recommend a training routine?

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Imagine being a gay firefighter & having to live with dudes 24/7 LOL

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I currently work as a waiter and was thinking of training to be a fire fighter. Do you really only make 40k? I feel like I’d just make more money continuing to serve but I’m sick of it tbh

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Yeah, although I'm like brand new on this department. Personally, I'd rather make less money and enjoy my work. I get paid to work out, destroy cars with hydraulics, destroy houses with water damage, and take the occasional blood pressure. And then have a shit ton of free time. Most fire guys make more because they fill their free time with another full time job, usually their own business.

      The pay is geographical like most things, you move to like Denver or some shit and you're gonna make like 60 to 70k starting.

      I'm in the Ozarks and medical is where it's at. Paramedics and EMTs are finally getting the raises they deserve. Have a buddy who's a full time paramedic and he's making 60ish. But they have positions like 30 minutes outside the city and they're offering like 90k so they can fill them.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        How old are you? I’m 27 and making $70K (in California) at my current office job but I’m very interested in being a firefighter. Should I get in good shape before even approaching my local department? Also, has it helped you get women?

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Pls answer

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          I'm 24 and in moderately decent shape. 5'10" 200 lbs. A little chubby but can lift heavy. I wouldn't know about getting women because while I just got married, I've been with my wife for over 7 years now. Although I'm constantly mired on the job. When you're on a medical call and your wearing nothing but your tight af department shirt and your bunker pants with those red suspenders, patients will regularly comment on how cute/pretty/handsome you are.

          You don't need to be in perfect shape, just be able to do a little cardio and body weight exercises and you should be fine.

          A lot of the guys in California, after a promotion can reach over 100k a year.

          Just depends on the cost of living of where you go. For example LAFD start at around 80k to my knowledge. A quick Google search on your area will do you good most of the time, since their government employees their salaries are usually disclosed to the public.

          Would Florida be a good place to become a fire fighter? Do they pay good there?

          I don't really know shit about Florida. Like I said just Google your area.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Would Florida be a good place to become a fire fighter? Do they pay good there?

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    how IST do you have to be to become a firefighter?

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Sure, they have an excuse: lack of enforced fitness standards and protection in the form of the IAFF.

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It's the best job in the world and the fucking worst.

    Getting trained and passing probation sucks but you'll get though it

    You'll see shit that'll fuck with your head for years but the respect and the bros you'll make will make it worth it

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    My uncle is a firefighter and I have access to the first responder fitness room at the firehouse. Despite it being downstairs from the local firehouse not one firefighter is ever there. I very often see cops come in and workout during their shifts but never have I once seen a firefighter down there. They all are usually sitting outside smoking(ironic right? Lol) whenever I am there. One really fat one asked me if I run there everyday and I we talked about working out but I've never seen him come down there and try.

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