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    Hi all,

    i'm considering signing on as a firefighter.. anione can tell me the pros n cons of this career?
    Aniwae my highest qualification is higher nitec.. wat are the prospect of an ite graduate signing on in scdf..?

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    Good choice. There are a few choices actually. The best money, petroleum company. Others include PORT firefighters, as well as airport firefighters. you can even work for some big factories as a secondary appointment.

    for the main part, you can consider SCDF. I think you can hardly find any job that works 10 days a month and getting the thrills of turning out to emergencies. For ITE Grad, you start as a corporal but your acting rank is a SGT. As with all services,you must prove yourself to be good to get promoted.

    Your best path would be to sign up for upgrading while in the fire station. Without a diploma, you will hardly get promoted. Then if you are super fit, you can join the DART, allowance additional 650. Think about it. If you have 2A, you prob want to become firebikers right? anyway, in the emergency response line, your life is other people's life. you standby to save people, so don't be calculative about the time off, you will prob do well.

     

     
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    you will joined as an ERS (emergency rescue specialist) and thru-out the training, you will be fitted with informations like firefighting, rescue, fire investigation (new batch will include this module), medical stuff etc.

    your training will last for 6 months and during this 6 mths of training, you are required to stay-in and get to book out during weekends.

    in camp, there're swimming pool, gym for your usuage and also life is pretty relaxing after fire-fighting training weeks (11 weeks) and a lil tougher when it comes to the end but after your training, you will be promoted to section commander in fire station and life in station is good but as a sect comd, you will have higher responsibility but still, station life is very relaxing..

    morning go camp, do drills for a few hours then afternoon lunch then play games/pt and at night go lectures (sometimes no lecture) and then sleep lo hahaha.. if you kena stations that seldom have fire calls, then very relax, can sleep long long but if you kena stations like central then have to standby la haha..
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    wah this thread dead? anyways im serving my ns as a firefighter. awesome vocation. good pay relax life. but always hate the turn-outs sometimes in the middle of the night
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    Quote Originally Posted by arsonist1986 View Post
    wah this thread dead? anyways im serving my ns as a firefighter. awesome vocation. good pay relax life. but always hate the turn-outs sometimes in the middle of the night
    issit the same for regular too??
    ALso, i heard that u can't specifically sign on fireman but sign on CD and it's up to them whether they want to post u to fire division or not. If u suay, u might kena paramedic team.

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    Life as NSF firefighter quite easy lor.How i know?Cos i'm an ERS regular for 5 years now.For Regulars,be prepared to have ur off days burnt.Never belief that u ONLY work 10 days.First 2 years,i found it quite tough,having to come back on off days.("peak period" can be up to 5 to 8 off days in the month).But now nearing 5 years,i grew accustomed to it.But also depends on yr secondary appts in the fire station.higher appts,more off days burnt and higher responsibilities.But when Performance Bonus are given out,u get wat u deserve.Maybe that's why i seldom complain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buttbutt8 View Post
    issit the same for regular too??
    ALso, i heard that u can't specifically sign on fireman but sign on CD and it's up to them whether they want to post u to fire division or not. If u suay, u might kena paramedic team.

    U choose ur path.As a Fire & Rescue specialist or paramedic.Both are ERS.But to join as Paramedic,its best to have a nursing background or qualifications.
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    private diploma regconised ?


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    wat diploma? offered by who?

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    any senior officers here? hows the job like for them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ladyrider View Post
    wat diploma? offered by who?
    shatec, hmm i actually called in they say dun regconise.


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    how come dun recognise? sumtimes it depends on wat university/institute offers it and all lah..

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    cfm wif CDF, hmm abit regret studying shatec!

    lol , my dream is to join D.A.R.T


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    Quote Originally Posted by dyerfix View Post
    any senior officers here? hows the job like for them?
    what do you want to know abt senior officers' life?

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    anyone knows more about scdf paramedic? i am really really really keen in being one but i failed to meet one of its basic requirement (my eye degree is over 500 . . ) dream shattered ?

    im currently still in my studies and had applied online from scdf website and already done my medical checkup, but no response from them, no hope liao i think -_-

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jie Liang View Post
    cfm wif CDF, hmm abit regret studying shatec!

    lol , my dream is to join D.A.R.T
    forget about DART join GD unit better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barefoot View Post
    anyone knows more about scdf paramedic? i am really really really keen in being one but i failed to meet one of its basic requirement (my eye degree is over 500 . . ) dream shattered ?

    im currently still in my studies and had applied online from scdf website and already done my medical checkup, but no response from them, no hope liao i think -_-

    the scdf recruitment is quite unefficient...as they will only call you...
    they don't post letters or emails...if u miss their calls, either u call them back or wait for their call again..
    best is to call the recruitment office for enquiry...

    one of the requirements is the eyesight...important especially for Fire Rescue Specialist but not so sure for Paramedic...
    but then again there are some with eyesight above 500 degree but still manage to go through the course.....so it depends...
    as long as u can see w/o glasses at certain instances...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kutrax View Post
    forget about DART join GD unit better.
    GD unit ??


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jie Liang View Post
    GD unit ??
    general duties...clerks..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jie Liang View Post
    cfm wif CDF, hmm abit regret studying shatec!

    lol , my dream is to join D.A.R.T
    DISABLE AND RETARDED TEAM?????

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    Quote Originally Posted by deepthroat View Post
    DISABLE AND RETARDED TEAM?????
    Not very funny dude. For all the psychotic characters that are in the DART team, the basic point is they have saved many lives, and will continue to save many more lives. Much of their hard work you will not read about in the papers.

     

     
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    Quote Originally Posted by deepthroat View Post
    DISABLE AND RETARDED TEAM?????
    true. join GD is more difficult than joining DART.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newbie View Post
    true. join GD is more difficult than joining DART.

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    I am going for interview on 22 july
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    wad interview?

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    mon morning & i'll noe the results whether i'm posted to ERS or not liao..
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    got rejected for paramedic 2008 =( guess i apply too early since i am only graduating in 2009

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    Quote Originally Posted by barefoot View Post
    got rejected for paramedic 2008 =( guess i apply too early since i am only graduating in 2009
    graduating from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by newbie View Post
    wad interview?
    Interview for senior offier
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    now is the best time to apply...there should be a recruitment drive soon...

    they are shortage of ERS personnel and Senior Officers...

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    Quote Originally Posted by buttbutt8 View Post
    Interview for senior offier
    how it went?

     

     
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    Quote Originally Posted by newbie View Post
    how it went?
    Will be going for medical screening on monday (01/09)....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Al-Simmons View Post
    now is the best time to apply...there should be a recruitment drive soon...

    they are shortage of ERS personnel and Senior Officers...
    Is there a shortage all the while or only recently??
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    Quote Originally Posted by buttbutt8 View Post
    Will be going for medical screening on monday (01/09)....
    Where u graduated from bro? Direct Captain?
    Quote Originally Posted by buttbutt8 View Post
    Is there a shortage all the while or only recently??
    http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stori...371781/1/.html

    SCDF is expanding.. what more with the new Banyan Fire Station to be opened in 2009.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newbie View Post
    Where u graduated from bro? Direct Captain?

    http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stori...371781/1/.html

    SCDF is expanding.. what more with the new Banyan Fire Station to be opened in 2009.
    icic. i graduated from NTU bro. Yes, if i am selected, i'll be Captain after BOC as i got 2nd upper class honours.
    BTW bro, i read from your previous posts that u r a SCDF officer during NS rite? So from your experience, do u have any comments on choosing SCDF officer as a career?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Al-Simmons View Post
    graduating from?
    graduating from singapore poly. seems like no chance liao, only can apply once right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by barefoot View Post
    graduating from singapore poly. seems like no chance liao, only can apply once right?
    u can apply again...

    have u gone through the interviews?
    they will only call u to come down for the interview...no letters...no emails...

    if not...u call them and ask them regarding the application...

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    hello to all mr and msr fire fighter.. i should say that i enjoyed my ns life as a fire fighter at paya lebar fire station.. i loves going for call etc2 but sad 2 say that the system kinda changed alot that makes alot of ppl want 2 quit their career.. seriously.. i asked arn and most of the regulars dun really like the strict system... i thot of sign on and go 2 ers but i made up my mind and no is the ans... althought im no more 2 fire fighter, inside my heart, i am 1.. hehe... anyway buttbutt8, sir, i salute u.. hehe... welcome 2 scdf.. its a very glamourous and challenging career ... hope u are 1 of the best RC OR OC... peace out
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    Piece of advice......

    If you are married/attached, and your partner is not likely to be very patient and tolerant when you are away very often due to work, think more than twice about joining as a senior officer.

    Tour of duty as an RC has the potential to be very damaging to family and relationships. Long hrs of work and having to be at work almost every day of the week can be quite a strain on relationships.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzz View Post
    Piece of advice......

    If you are married/attached, and your partner is not likely to be very patient and tolerant when you are away very often due to work, think more than twice about joining as a senior officer.

    Tour of duty as an RC has the potential to be very damaging to family and relationships. Long hrs of work and having to be at work almost every day of the week can be quite a strain on relationships.
    u from where?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NPNT View Post
    u from where?
    from somewhere within scdf

     

     
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzz View Post
    from somewhere within scdf
    previously an RC?

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    Joining CD is fine and dandy.... Just don go central, "very hard work awaits you there" is an understatement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NPNT View Post
    previously an RC?
    yup. and I'm not the only one who holds the opinion i described in my earlier post. the job is definitely a challenge which you'll enjoy. but the disadvantage is the impact it'll have on your family & social life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzz View Post
    yup. and I'm not the only one who holds the opinion i described in my earlier post. the job is definitely a challenge which you'll enjoy. but the disadvantage is the impact it'll have on your family & social life.
    i concur with these statements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzz View Post
    Piece of advice......

    If you are married/attached, and your partner is not likely to be very patient and tolerant when you are away very often due to work, think more than twice about joining as a senior officer.

    Tour of duty as an RC has the potential to be very damaging to family and relationships. Long hrs of work and having to be at work almost every day of the week can be quite a strain on relationships.
    complete opposite would be give me SWO rank, give me jagar MTV job... LOL!

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    Hi guys, im a ex fireman and i want to look for a job as a fire fighter or relevant.... Any lobang besides Airport Firemen
    "The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by mimi_spyder View Post
    Hi guys, im a ex fireman and i want to look for a job as a fire fighter or relevant.... Any lobang besides Airport Firemen
    PSA... can try. They also have ship FF service.

    I heard from friend, clean oil spillage = drive pumper over oil and open tank valve... =.=

    Consider FSM before?

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    Quote Originally Posted by y2kredbull View Post
    Life as NSF firefighter quite easy lor.How i know?Cos i'm an ERS regular for 5 years now.For Regulars,be prepared to have ur off days burnt.Never belief that u ONLY work 10 days.First 2 years,i found it quite tough,having to come back on off days.("peak period" can be up to 5 to 8 off days in the month).But now nearing 5 years,i grew accustomed to it.But also depends on yr secondary appts in the fire station.higher appts,more off days burnt and higher responsibilities.But when Performance Bonus are given out,u get wat u deserve.Maybe that's why i seldom complain.
    wah work 10 days only..even if ur off days are burnt like u say ard 5 to 8 days..does that mean u still haf half the month on off? haha..dats still a plus point to me..im still considering whether to sign on in the home team as the officer in blue or as a firefighter..

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    Quote Originally Posted by xXxRatedxXx View Post
    complete opposite would be give me SWO rank, give me jagar MTV job... LOL!
    actually if u calculate the amount of responsibilities involve and hours work and commitment...
    it's better to be a JO than an SO at the start of ur career
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