I was a volunteer firefighter for a few years after college. I also went through the academy while still in undergrad. The practice fires are a lot of fun (seriously its awesome). However, the real deal is not really that cool. Plus a lot of what you deal with is things like car accidents and other unfun stuff.
Depending on the department it can be a low demand or high demand activity. Some companies are pretty understanding but others aren't...before you go making a commitment you should talk with your employer about their views. I rarely ever left work but if there was a call at 2am and I spent the night out then I sure wasn't at work in peak form first thing in the morning.
well, most is car accidents (i went to talk to them)
so i would start training late march.
since i am single i would do the night shifts. that is, sleeping there for 2 weeks and resting for one month. It is not that busy, like some nights they get a call, and others they dont (on average they get 2.8 calls per day
). They actually have a log in their website showing when they get calls and at what time and i would say that they dont get calls all nights and most likely just one call per night.
so, if there is a call you just wake up and stand in front of the truck and they tell you if you get on it, although he told me that newbies are so excited that they just jumpo on it.
it seems like a cool experience, it really seemed as a boys club, they have a pool, a pool table, and stuff. they have parties and in thos 2 weeks when you have to sleep over you might take one or two nights off to go out with your friends.