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User currently offlineFlyLAX From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 154 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2468 times:

Hey everyone, my recruiter just called me me and told me there's a fire fighter job available. While thats not my 1st choice. its something that I can live with. What are you guys' thoughts?

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User currently offlineCovert From Ghana, joined Oct 2001, 1452 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2393 times:

Every firefighter I know loves the job, go to the forums at http://usmilitary.about.com and ask the firefighters that hang out on there how they like the job, if it interests you then don't hold back.

covert



thank goodness for TCAS !
User currently offlineFlyLAX From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 154 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2386 times:

Ok Ill check it out. I actually alreadey talked to a former AF fire fighter and he says he loved it so I just might give it some more thought. But my heart is still set on aerospace propulsion.

User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2314 times:

My friend I used to be stationed with crossed trained into Fire Fighting and is in Wichita Falls now. He loves it. He eventually got out but still does it in the reserves, and also took a cilvilian FF job on the base.

User currently offlineFlyLAX From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 154 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2281 times:

Yeah and also my recruiter told me that I can reserve the FF job if I want and still be placed on QW for the aerospace propulsion and if one comes up before its time to leave for FF, then I can take that instead. Hopefully he'll actually TELL me if one does become available before the FF job leaves. Does anyone know what the availability rate is for jet mechanics?

User currently offlineFtrguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 358 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2260 times:

Do what YOU want to do!!!! Don't be suckered by a recruiter who is just trying to fill a slot. Its your life, not his. If you want to be a jet mechanic, by golly wait till a slot is available. In 5 or 10 years is it really going to matter that you waited a few extra months to get the job you wanted? There's nothing worse than an Airmen (or sailor in my case) who hates his job because his recruiter talked him into it and brings everyone down because he's wallowing in his own self misery. If the AF doesn't give you want you want, try the Navy. Tell your AF recruiter that you're looking into the Navy and you might see that he might try a little harder to get you what you want.

LTJG Ftrguy


User currently offlineFlyLAX From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 154 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2236 times:

OK so Ive reserved the FF slot leaving 11May04. Also Ive benn placed on quick ship for aerospace propulsion, and hopefully my recruiter will let me know if something else comes up before May. So Im keeping my fingers crossed that a jet mech job comes up before then. If not, then I think Ill be ok with the Fire fighter.

User currently offlineCovert From Ghana, joined Oct 2001, 1452 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2234 times:

Good luck, aim for the sky.

covert



thank goodness for TCAS !
User currently offlineFlyLAX From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 154 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2230 times:

Thanks, Ill need it.

User currently offlineLt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2233 times:

Well if you go, and want info on Goodfellow AFB and San Angelo, Texas (where FF training takes place) LEt me know. I lived there a couple of years when I was finishing High School. Granted it was a while ago now, but I know a few places around town and a few Folks at GAFB. Of coure it isn't a big place, but you are 3 hours from Austin and San Antonio. Whatever you do don't drink on base if you are underage. I've done boucoup article 15s this week for that.

Good Luck, and Read everything before you sign it  Wink/being sarcastic Aim High!

Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns,
Capt-AWACS, Yankee Air Pirate


User currently offlineFlyLAX From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 154 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2203 times:

BTW. Does anyone know how the life of an AF Fire Fighter is? Such as work schedules and etc.?

User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2179 times:

FlyLAX. I believe the work schedule is something like 24 hours on, 24 hours off. I will email a friend of mine and see what he says.

User currently offlineFlyLAX From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 154 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2165 times:

Ok cool. Looking forward to it.

User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 2159 times:

FlyLAX

I REALLY regret not going into the service..... My choice would have been the Air Force for sure. It's a great place to mature and grow up a little. My ASVB scores where some of the highest you could get and the recruiter was all over me to sign up, but in the mid '80's it was more profitable in the civilian world. I guess the only advice I can offer is:
1)..I'd do it....do your first enlistment and enjoy it.
2)..Pick a career field that you will want to carry over to the civilian world when you leave the service...and one that offers a nice pay package.

Fire Fighting is a good choice....do you time then come home to the LA area....the LAFD is one of the worlds finest departments going.



"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog"
User currently offlineFlyLAX From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 154 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2150 times:

"do you time then come home to the LA area" Do you live here in the L.A. area too?

User currently offlineCovert From Ghana, joined Oct 2001, 1452 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2144 times:

Mail Call on the History Channel had a little thing about Firefighting at Goodfellow AFB and the guy talked about how their training is among the best in the world, and it looked pretty impressive, they always rerun these shows, try watching the History Channel all through this week...

covert



thank goodness for TCAS !
User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2139 times:

FlyLAX, here is the email I got about the schedule from my friend at Sheppard AFB.
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Firefighters work 24hrs on 24 hrs off so basically every other day now some stations give set kelly days.. A Kelly day is the extra days off per pay period for example here at sheppard I have a set kelly day where i have Wednesdays off so the week i work on wednesday is a three day break for me.. maybe this might help if its confusing LOL

Work Sunday Off Monday Work Tuesday Off Wendsday Work Thursday
Off Friday WorkSaturday Off Sundy Work Monday Off Tuesday
Work Wednesday Off Thursday Work Friday Off Saturday

ok now this is a typical pay period work schuedule for two weeks now with a set kelly day you will have a day like i said i have Wednesday so the Wednesday that it says i work for me that is a day off giving me three off in a row Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday.. now some places will Rotate Kelly Days every 7th day you work will be the kelley day which means it will be different days every month but usally those who rotate give 5 day weekends off about every 3 months no matter how they do it it works out to be you work about 13 days a month which isnt to bad weekends are usally down days as are holidays depending where you go mind you.. Down days are go to work check out trucks and pretty much your time rest of day just have to remain at the station incase a emergency comes in you need to respond too



User currently offlineFlyLAX From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 154 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2115 times:

Ok I think I understand. Now does anyone know a jet mechanic with any info?

User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 18, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2089 times:

Aviation Maintenance is not a bad way to go either......but if I where to go into the Air Force, I'd go after a 'flying' job...:Flight Engineer, Boom Operator, Load Master, Crew Chief. See the world...and get paid doing it..!!


"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog"
User currently offlineFlyLAX From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 154 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2079 times:

"See the world...and get paid doing it..!! "

But also with aviation mech. you go where the airplane goes. Right?


User currently offlineCovert From Ghana, joined Oct 2001, 1452 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2078 times:

If it gets forward deployed, yes, but that doesn't mean if you are assigned to a transport unit you will ride along along with the C-141 on its weekly supply flight to Thule AB. You get what I mean? Mechanics probably travel maybe every six months on TDY I'd say.

covert



thank goodness for TCAS !
User currently offlineChdmcmanus From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 374 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2160 times:

If you are a Flying Crew Chief, yes. To be a FCC you must be at least a 5 skill level in your specialty, and if you are a specialist (IE Jet Mech) you will be cut trained into at least one other specialty and Crew Chief. If you are a line mech, you will work the line and deploy (if your jets do) or supplement AMOG as necessary.


As for how often the FCC's are gone, it depends on the airframe;

KC-10- has at least 2 FCCs on EVERY mission that leaves home station
C-17- It depends on the schedule, but it is VERY rare to find an acft in the TACC system without at least one.
C-141- About the same as the C-17 (and they do take FCC's on the weekly Thule run).
C-130- Ditto.
KC-135 Don't know, but I've never seen a -135 FCC in the system.
AWACS- Same as 135

Fighters deploy with MX, so if they deploy, you will go, otherwise, not normally.
Airlifters don't deploy, but there is a unit known as AMOG (Air Mobility Ops Group) that provides enroute mx support to airlifters at fwd bases.
The KC-10 and KC-135 do deploy, and we take our mx with us when we do. There are FCC's in my squadron that are gone as much as I am.

Hope this helps.
ChD



"Never trust a clean Crew Chief"
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