Can I become a firefighter with negligant driving the first degree and minor dui?

I am 21 and am very interested in becoming a firefighter but am nervous about my record. The negligent was at age 16 and minor DUI was at age 17. I want to join the firefighter academy in may but it is expensive so I don’t want to go through all the training only to find out I can’t be hired. Any information helps, thank you.

It depends on the department and how bad they need employees. I had a DUI on my record as an adult and it happened about 5 years before I applied for the job. They were willing to accept me because of the length of time.

What department are you joining that they make you pay for going through the academy? I didn’t have to pay a single dime to be trained. You start the academy once you are hired, so while you are in school you should be on the departments payroll as an employee. They should actually be paying YOU while you recieve your training. This is how it was when I joined, but some departments work differently.

I don’t think your infractions will be an issue because they are misdemeanors and also because they are on your juvenile record. You should definitely apply because if you don’t it could be a wasted opportunity.

But talk to someone in the department about the hiring process because I’m pretty darn sure you don’t pay a dime for the training. They have to hire you first before you can even start training, and once you are hired you should start recieving your first paychecks while you are in fire school.

Edit: unless you are trying to be a volunteer firefighter, then I can see how you might pay for the training. But even most volunteer departments offer free training.

One Response to “Can I become a firefighter with negligant driving the first degree and minor dui?”

  • Wayfarer says:

    It depends on the department and how bad they need employees. I had a DUI on my record as an adult and it happened about 5 years before I applied for the job. They were willing to accept me because of the length of time.

    What department are you joining that they make you pay for going through the academy? I didn’t have to pay a single dime to be trained. You start the academy once you are hired, so while you are in school you should be on the departments payroll as an employee. They should actually be paying YOU while you recieve your training. This is how it was when I joined, but some departments work differently.

    I don’t think your infractions will be an issue because they are misdemeanors and also because they are on your juvenile record. You should definitely apply because if you don’t it could be a wasted opportunity.

    But talk to someone in the department about the hiring process because I’m pretty darn sure you don’t pay a dime for the training. They have to hire you first before you can even start training, and once you are hired you should start recieving your first paychecks while you are in fire school.

    Edit: unless you are trying to be a volunteer firefighter, then I can see how you might pay for the training. But even most volunteer departments offer free training.
    References :
    Firefighter of 5 years

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