I am currently an Explorer with both the fire department and the sheriffs office, and since joining those organizations, as well as my whole life before, I have wanted to go into emergency services. Particularly since joining the fire explorers. When I'm at the station I dont want to leave, and when I'm gone I'm always thinking about when I can go back.

Unfortunatly my situation is a little complicated. Sometimes when I see blood and or needles I get light headed and dizzy. Twice I've passed out from it. This same condition runs in my family with both my parents and one of my brothers. Its also the same condition which prevented my father from continuing his career in firefighting after volunteering in college. I'm quite upset that I have this condition which I have no control of, and will be even more upset if I cant do this part of life because of it.

So I started looking at other options. After two years of exploring I've seen a few traumas and been fine, but Ive also seen a few simple IV's and become dizzy. I have never passed out during a call. So I can still handle some medicals, and I still plan on getting a First Responder Certificate and a Basic EMT. However for a career I want to find something involving fire fighting but without as many medicals as I would see running on an engine in the middle of a residential area. I can still handle some, and I realize that in Emergency Services its impossible to avoid entirly, but I dont want it to be an everyday issue.

The only solution Ive been able to think of is Wildland Firefighting, which is difficult to make a career out of because of the seasons, and Airport Rescue/Fire fighting. However I cant find any information on the requirements to, or even how or where to try and learn more about or get onto an airport rescue crew. If anyone can tell me more about how to become an airport firefighter or has any other suggestions I would be much obliged.

Thanks all

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