Starting a firefighter career over 40


Starting a firefighter career over 40

For those over 40 that started late but can keep up with the best.Why did you start so late in life?Are we crazy?What does your family think?Is training harder?

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Starting a firefighter career over 40

Started by Ray Edwards. Last reply by Michael Hofmann Nov 19, 2009. 1 Reply

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Comment by Frank A Thallas Jr on December 13, 2010 at 11:06pm
I was 46, long story shory it was put up or shut up and an profound desire to answer the call.
Comment by Gary Gowland on December 1, 2010 at 9:09am
Started at 46 in 2003, cuz I wanted a challenge.
Comment by Michael Smith on December 15, 2009 at 8:16pm
I'm 52 and started just this year. The reasons are a few. At first my wife thought I was nuts, but I think she understands now. She's a nurse so what's not to understand? This is another way to set an example to the kids in the community you are never too old to learn something new. I wanted to do this because I am still in decent shape for my age (much better than most) and because I can do it and have the desire to help others. I needed a kick in the pants and this has started me looking at degrees that overlap with my daytime job and the fire service. I am truly looking forward to the opportunities this presents to make contributions to my community as they occur.
I hope you all have a great Christmas and even better New Years.
Comment by Michael Smith on November 25, 2009 at 5:46pm
Have a safe and great Thaksgiving!!!
Comment by Ronald A Sondesky on October 2, 2009 at 9:22pm
I'm 43 just started this year (volunteer). Spent 16yrs in the military had a heart attack and got out. I found military training helped out alot. No fear of an scba because of chemical masks, did some fire fighting training in basic training (smoke house, live burn). i'm far from in my prime but i think i can still hang with the young boys, I enjoy it alot i've meant some good people and getting to know how to get around and network with others. But I think the best part about it is i can give back to my community, to be a part of it feels good.
Comment by Ray Edwards on September 29, 2009 at 10:38pm
Welcome Kevin and Lee to the group . It is good to see others that decided it was not to late to get into the business . My family supports me just as yours does and that makes it that much better . Be safe and God Bless.
Comment by Lee Huff on April 9, 2009 at 11:45pm
Another old "newbie" here. I finally started because I always felt that something was missing in my life. Technically, I was a tender 391/2 when I got on the department, but my family is very proud and supportive. All the guys tell me that I've got brass ones to join at my age:)
Comment by Ray Edwards on October 29, 2008 at 9:46pm
All right all you new career fire fighters over 40.Why did you start it now?How safe do you feel?Be safe.
Comment by Ray Edwards on September 21, 2008 at 11:32am
Where the the older new firefighters?I know you are out there.
Comment by Ray Edwards on September 7, 2008 at 5:11pm
I know there are alot of new firefighters over the age of 40 . Where are you all?

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