Firefighter's ABC's Online Internship Program

Quote: "Chance Favors the Prepared Mind"

Louis Pasteur - 12/27/1822 - 9/28/1895

French microbiologist and chemist

This quote holds true both in career and personel choices throughout your life.

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Firefighter's ABC's is pleased to support high school and college students in their quest to become members of the Fire and Emergency Medical Service field.

There are a host of support items on our site to assist both students as well as school staff. 

Once you have joined we encourage you to do the following:

  • Log in at least once a week and review something new
  • Log in at least once a week and review at least five F.L.A.S.H. T.E.S.T. questions
    • If you have trouble with a certain type of question - do additional research on this type of question (such as math)
  • Log in once a month and complete your Online Internship Monthly Task
    • Use the task form provided on our site
    • If you can't complete the task in person complete the task via doing research  online
    • Once you have completed the task put the electronic form in your binder for review later
  • Remember to start a savings account for EMT or Paramedic school being a Paramedic is a must to becoming one of the best candidates
  • Social media
    • Friend us and Like us on Facebook - @firefighterabcs
    • Follow us on Instagram - @firefighterabcs
    • Follow us on Twitter - @firefighterabcs
    • Subscribe to us on YouTube - @firefighterabcs
  • Contact at least ten other diverse persons and start a study group
    • Five ramdom age females with at least two in high school
    • Five random age males with at least two in high school
    • Try to have at least two members of the group be from a state other than that of the majority of the group - this will foster a broader learning curve
    • Go to Trello and set up at team board to manage all study material
  • Each group member should contact at least one other person a week anywhere in the United States of Canada and encourage them to also join on the site program
    • Keep track of everyone you mentor to join and make this part of your resume in terms of community outreach
  • Each group member should contact their local fire department and let them know what you are doing and ask them for any additional support they can provide
  • Remember hundreds will want a select few of these jobs so it is important that you don't meet just the MQ's but excell to a much higher level and become one of the top tier candidates
  • The most important thing to do is to leave no stone unturned or resourse untapped in your quest to become a member of the fire service or other related fields
  • No one person will have all the answers for your needs
  • No one site will have all the resources for your needs
  • No one fire department will be the one for you be willing to work anywhere
  • If anyone tries to limit where you can obtain information to increase your chances of being a better candidate - watch out - something is wrong

We wish each of you the best and we encourage more females to seek out the fire service as a profession.

Team Firefighter's ABC's

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Twentyfive Reasons to Finish High School

The massive number of dropouts in the U.S. is causing a national crisis – and why would you want to contribute to that problem? But if you’re losing interest in school, here are 25 reasons to finish.  

1. 
You don’t want to become a stat, with nearly 6.2 million students dropping out of high school in past few school years.
 
2. You could avoid poverty, as those without a high school diploma earn about $400,000 less in a lifetime than those who graduate. 

3. 
You won’t put the country further into debt. Each class of high school dropouts costs the U.S. more than $200 billion in lost wages and tax revenues, plus social support needs. 

4. 
You don’t want to be a quitter. Annually, about 1 million students, or 30 percent, drop out before graduation. 

5. You’ll reach a major personal accomplishment - and will have a diploma to show off. 

6. 
You’ll do your parents proud. 

7. 
You’re in school when it’s trendy, with the popularity of TV shows like “Glee” and “90210” and films like “High School Musical.” 

8. 
You put yourself on the path to a fun next step – college. 

9. 
You can beat the odds, as nearly one in five U.S. men between the ages of 16 and 24 were dropouts over the past few years, nearly three of 10 Latinos were dropouts and more than one in five blacks dropped out of school in over the past few years. 

10. 
You will be able to apply for more jobs. 

11. 
You can avoid the pressure of having to study for the GED after you’ve been away from the books, and even having to pay to take that exam. 

12. 
You won’t have to battle the negative perception that dropouts face. 

13. 
You might not have to do the time, with stats showing that the majority of inmates at state and federal prisons didn’t complete high school.
 
14. You could lose out on the chance to be prom king or queen. 

15. You will have more Facebook friends. 

16. Your lack of a diploma will equal fewer opportunities, as labor force participation rates were the lowest for those with less than a high school diploma. 

17. 
You might miss out fulfilling an athletic dream, such as winning that district or state championship, or even getting a scholarship to play your sport in college. 

18. 
You won’t be wasting the school tax money your parents are paying. 

19. Your future kids won’t be able to say, “Well, you did it,” if they don’t want to finish high school. 

20. 
You can use what you’re learning about wars in history or other classes such as math to beat your friends at Xbox or PlayStation 3 games. 

21. 
You need a place to show off your new clothes. 

22. You could find a lifelong mentor in a teacher or school counselor. 

23. 
You won’t be able to participate in fun senior activities like graduation trips, senior nights and even the senior prank. 

24. 
You could keep from having regrets later in life. 

25. You just might like staying in school.

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Five Reasons to Finish College

1. Career advancement

Those who haven’t finished a degree are viewed as having the credential of a high school diploma. Many of these workers hit a glass ceiling they are unable to rise above without that completed degree on their resumes. They may like what they’re doing and love the company they work for, but they realize that to stay and move up, they’re going to have to pick up a little more education. Luckily, many companies are willing to help employees defray the cost of that degree in order to keep them. 

2. Graduate school

A large segment of adult learners have had successful careers but want to finish their bachelor’s degree in order to move on to graduate school. Of course, they see the education as valuable in and of itself; however, a master’s is needed to access the next level of their career.

3. Change of career

Many adults who want to go back to school realize they made one of the most important decisions in their lives at about age 18 — and things have changed. Their interests have changed. They’ve developed new skills and they want to fine-tune. They may find that they made a career choice because it was easy or accessible or expected, but it’s not their passion and they’re feeling stuck. Many adult students return to college to allow them to move in a more fulfilling direction.

4. To set an example

You wouldn’t think that a successful entrepreneur and owner of several businesses would consider returning to college for his bachelor’s degree, but you’d be wrong. Setting the example of a college education to their children is a common reason for retuning to finish a degree. In their most honest moments, many students have this particular reason in their back pocket — and usually find an instant support system inside their homes when they enroll.

5. To fulfill a promise to themselves

Many students start but never finish their bachelor's degree. Life happens, money gets tight or a direction is unclear.  Studies show traditional college students change their major an average of eight times, which says that often we don't always know, at the right moment, what we want to be when we grow up.  Rather than giving up on themselves, these students invest in themselves and an exhilarating sense of personal accomplishment as they walk across that stage at graduation.

With these reasons in mind - and an estimated 37 million students who started (but did not finish) a degree - colleges and universities need to be easily accessible and ready to assist students who are now finding their "reason" and to meet them were they are in order to assist them through to graduation.

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Ten Reasons Students Drop Out of High School

1. Lack of interest

It is usually found that every class of students has some of those pupils who refuse to show any attention to the subjects being taught. Their lack of interest is caused by their lack of attention in whatever is being taught. It is not that such students do not try. They do try as and when they are forced and pressurized to. But, we very well know harsh persuasive techniques do not last long, they give in after a while. It is then that these students prefer going the other way. They prefer dropping out of their school because once and for all they decide that whatever is being taught there barely intrigues them. Thus they decide to suit themselves.

2. Delinquency

This is a harsh truth of life. The big bad world out there has several things to offer undoubtedly. Children in their teens, as school students are not well aware of the various facets of the world. They get fascinated by the fancy things that life seems to offer. But every short-cut taken to acquire all those fanciful things is a step ahead towards delinquency. Sometimes willingly and sometimes unknowingly they get caught in its web. Once caught, it becomes impossible to get out of it. Be it petty thefts, buying and selling of porn videos, helping in unethical crimes, it is a host of evil that they get trapped in. School becomes long forgotten after taking up such pursuits.

3. Supporting family

It is unfortunate that students have to give up their education in the face of economic reasons. The inability to pay the school fee can be one such reason. Several demanding situations can surface where adolescent children of the family are asked or looked upon as a helping hand to the family. Here, these children are often emotionally led into abandoning their academic life and focus their attention to the family crisis. It is also somewhere because of the notion that more the number of helping hands in a family, the better it is.

4. Working in family shops

Children sometimes don’t see the point of continuing with their studies while they have the option of working in their family business. They find working in shops run by family members as more useful and benefitting in comparison to six to seven hours of schooling. It becomes their perfect reason to let go of schooling. A part of their decision is often also fuelled by their family members. This can be avoided by not allowing kids at all to go for such options.

5. Constant Failure

Some students fail repeatedly, be it in class tests or semester examinations. The constant failure causes the lack of self confidence in them. As and when the failure persists, the lack of self-confidence vanishes. In its space emerges a feeling of being least bothered which is more fatal as compared to the former. Once the person starts to feel disinterested in the consequences any more, then she or he goes for what they feel is the best. They no longer find any logic behind succumbing to the rules and regulations, thereby following what is desired of them. In the face of repeated failures, they give up school education.

6. Severe bullying

Kids are not able to communicate their feelings well. And same goes for the adolescents as well. They might be facing extreme humiliation at school and would still not discuss about it. The fear of being judged and laughed at holds them back from coming in the light. They start making excuses from going to school. It is here that parents need to step in and take full action. It is necessary that such cases are investigated thoroughly. The disheartening part is that in some cases the child who is the victim is bullied to such an extent that he prefers dropping out of the school. The parents often end up being baffled in such situations not being able to get to the core of the entire situation.

7. Need to support an ailing family member

Not much can be done in such situations for these are sheer tragic moments in life. Tragedies like these have the full potential to destroy the life of the person who is to face it single handedly. More so is the case if the sufferer is a school going child. It is normal for kids to take a little leave to take care of their ailing parent or grandparent who is alone at home without any help. But in some cases that leave escalates into a several weeks and goes on to become months. Before it is realized the one week leave becomes a semester. There is no going back then.

8. Grabbing hold of other opportunities

Given the large number of advertising and modeling opportunities for the youngsters, it becomes one of the greatest reasons for them to drop out of schools. The teens from schools go for auditions. It is as if they simply wait for the perfect opportunity to come along and take them away from the hassles of attending school. The chance to enter showbiz becomes so mesmerizing and tantalizing for them that everything else in front of it loses its significance. School life is long forgotten by then and the only idea that circulates in their mind is to grab hold of the next auditioning chance that comes up.

9. Too much academic pressure

The generation today is not very well equipped in combating stressful situations. They resort to alcoholism or substance abuse of any sort to overcome the feeling of excessive anxiety. However not all come down to the level of substance abuse. Students of this sort are not left with many choices to overcome their tension and fear of failing their parents when it comes to their academic performance. Sometimes the pressure escalates to such heights, that the student loses her/his ability to think rationally. She or he becomes more and more vulnerable to panic attacks as a result of being unable to face moments like sitting in an examination hall or while waiting for the results. They break down. Terribly. It is this inability to deal with the debilitating anxiety that they drop out of schools.

10. Unable to fit in

Not everyone is able to fit in, in different atmospheres. Some students adapt themselves pretty easily irrespective of the number of schools they change. On the other hand there are some students who won’t be able to cope up even with a single change of school. Their failure at making friends and establishing a good rapport with the teachers makes them feel more like an outsider. Soon, they are bound to give up.

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Certificate Programs in Fire Science

Undergraduate certificates in fire science are available to students who have completed at least a high school education. Courses for undergraduate certificate programs are often available at night, on weekends and online.

These programs often focus on one specific area of the firefighting profession, such as fire inspecting, arson investigation, or new firefighting methods. Undergraduate certifications are excellent educational opportunities for both firefighting professionals and for students seeking entry-level fire service positions.

Associate Degree Programs in Fire Science

Associate degree programs are two-year courses of study that require a high school diploma for entrance. An associate degree in fire science typically serves as preparation for an entry-level position as a firefighter.

Coursework includes fire behavior, rescue procedures, and the basics of fire extinguishment. Hands-on instruction or a required internship is common. General education classes are required in addition to subject-specific courses such as emergency medical technician (EMT) basics, the chemistry of fire science, and the uniform fire code.

Bachelor's Degree Programs in Fire Science

Bachelor's degrees in fire science are often sought by current firefighting professionals interested in advancing their careers. However, a bachelor in fire science is becoming increasingly more common among candidates for entry-level firefighting positions as well. A bachelor's degree in fire science can often help a candidate for a position as a firefighter stand out above those without education beyond high school.

A major in fire science often requires hands-on instruction and/or an internship. Online courses, however, may focus exclusively on administrative and policy topics-or they may help students arrange field experience locally. Courses common to a bachelor's degree in fire science include fire prevention, emergency management, and fire investigation. General education courses, such as algebra and writing, are also required in order to improve students' professional skills.

Bachelor's degrees typically take four years to complete. Entry to a bachelor's degree program in fire science requires only a high school education, although an associate degree in a related field may be useful.

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We have provided a sample program for high school students:

However, do your research and select the best program for your needs:

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Sample Program:

Waldorf University - Start Point Program

Waldorf is committed to allowing high school students the same experience and level of instruction, resources, and rigor that our traditional student body receives so they will be well prepared for campus life and the level of academic study college provides. Students who wish to enroll in Waldorf University online courses before they graduate need to comply with the following guidelines and expectations. High school students would attend online classes with other Waldorf students. Classes are taught by Waldorf faculty.

Note: High school students who have already been admitted to Waldorf as college students are exempt from most of these guidelines. Check with Admissions for information about whether they apply in specific situations.

Credits and Costs

Waldorf’s online courses are three credit hours and tuition is $250 per course. For students under 18, parents must provide a signed statement of their intentions to pay for the courses. Online courses may utilize the loan-a-book program or e-books when they are available.

Transferability

The courses will transfer into Waldorf degree programs and high school students who take online classes at Waldorf will be eligible for freshman residential scholarships.

Waldorf is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). High school students are responsible for transferring courses back to their high school as part of any request for credit at those institutions.

Admissions Requirements

  • Must be at least 15 years of age and have completed sophomore year of high school with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in classes at both high school and Waldorf University while enrolled in Waldorf classes. Students will be responsible for sending semester, quarter or final report cards from their high schools.
  • Must submit a recommendation from an administrator, academic advisor or counselor at their high school.
  • Must submit a copy of their current high school transcript. When students are home schooled, the student’s parents can self-report the student’s GPA via a documented letter to the Registrar or Director of Admissions.
  • Students may take one course each term 

Test Drive Opportunity

After high school students have successfully completed two general education courses from Waldorf University they may enroll in any of the entry level core required courses to our many degree programs. This opportunity allows students to learn about a degree field that they are interested in while continuing to earn college credit. Such courses include but are not limited to: Introduction to Business, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Introduction to Terrorism, Introduction to Fire Prevention, and Graphic Core.

  • Business
  • Communication
  • Criminal Justice
  • Environmental Management
  • Health Care Management
  • Homeland Security
  • Human Resource Management
  • Occupational Safety
  • Psychology

Start Point Information

Prefix Number                                                           Course                                      Credit Hours Waldorf University Course Options for High School Students

ART

1010

Art Appreciation

3

ART

1020

Art Appreciation II

3

BIO

1020

Principles of Biology

3

BUS

2010

Introduction to Business

3

BUS

2026

Organizational Communication

3

BUS

2201

Principles of Accounting

3

BUS

3201

Principles of Marketing

3

COM

1010

Graphic Core

3

COM

1020

Digital Core

3

COM

1030

Mass Communications and Society

3

COM

1040

News Gathering and Reporting

3

CRJ

2000

Introduction to Criminal Justice

3

CRJ

2001

Theory and Practice of Law Enforcement

3

CRJ

2050

Introduction to Terrorism

3

CRJ

2200

Theory and Practice of Corrections

3

ECO

2401

Principles of Macroeconomics

3

EMG

2000

Introduction to Emergency Management

3

ENG

1010

English Composition I

3

ENG

1020

English Composition II

3

ENG

2000

American Literature I

3

ENG

2010

American Literature II

3

FRE

1010

Elementary French

3

FSC

2010

Introduction to Fire Protection Strategies

3

FSC

3345

Introduction to Fire Prevention

3

HCM

1301

Medical Terminology

3

HCM

3002

Introduction to Health Care Management

3

HIS

1110

American History I

3

HIS

1120

American History II

3

HIS

1200

Medieval World

3

HIS

1610

Modern World

3

HIS

1710

Contemporary World

3

HUM

1020

Critical Thinking

3

MTH

1010

General Education Mathematics for Online Students

3

MUS

1010

Introduction to Music Appreciation

3

OSH

3001

Fundamentals of Occupational Safety and Health

3

PHY

1010

Earth Science

3

PHY

1510

Physical Science

3

POL

1010

American Government

3

POL

2000

Introduction to Political Science

3

POL

2010

American, State, and Local Politics

3

PSY

1010

General Psychology

3

REL

2050

Contemporary Ethical Issues

3

REL

2350

Philosophies of World Religions

3

SOC

1010

Introduction to Sociology

3

SOC

2010

Survey of Global Societies and Cultural Geography

3

SPC

1010

Speech Communications

3

SPN

1010

Introduction to Spanish

3

THR

1010

Introduction to Theatre

 

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If you want to excell and one day be a chief officer or for that matter the fire chief - simply put get the highest degree you can and never stop taking other courses and obtaining other certs.

Why? Because those you will be competing with will be getting theirs.

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