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Unread 11-11-2008, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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You might want to try USFS, they go thru men rapidly.
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Unread 11-11-2008, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Hot Springs, AR
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I am 29 years old. I have been working in the film industry for the last 9 years. Recently I have decided that this is not what I want to do with the rest of my life. I've always wanted to become a firefighter. It is something I could be proud of. My background will show (in all seriousness) experimental drug use when I was younger; as in light marijuana use in high school (over 10 yrs. ago), cocaine twice (over three years ago), ecstasy 4-5 times over 7 years ago, and lsd once over 7 years ago. Not proud of it, but it is what I did and it is in the past. Today, I am engaged and have a 7 month old daughter. I took the la city online preliminary background application and it told me that I wouldn't qualify to become a firefighter. Does anyone else have any experience with this or know how I should proceed? I need advice, any help or am I just SOL? Thanks!
The factthat you think that people on a relocation discussion board can tell you if you can join LAFD rather than going to LAFD itself answers the question. For the sake of us who count on Firefighters, please find something else to do with your life.

Join the Coast Guard or Navy, they love to reform drug abusers.
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Unread 11-11-2008, 11:10 PM
 
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Fair enough. I have contacted LAFD. If you had read the posts, you may have picked up on that. Based on the preliminary background check, I was told that I may be disqualified for those reasons. I posted here only because this site was on the top of a google search displaying multiple discussions on joining LAFD. This is one of many ways I have been researching. Just a note, If you want to try and make somebody else feel stupid, do a quick proofread so you don't look sloppy yourself ("The factthat you think..."). You might want to try Mobsters on Myspace. I hear thats a good place for kids that want to talk trash to strangers.
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Good luck in AR. Don't let the door hitcha',
Ikikas
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Unread 11-11-2008, 11:14 PM
 
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My apologies if I have bothered any of you by posting on this site. Thank each and every one of you for your input.
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Unread 09-16-2009, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Hoppin' thru the forest !
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I dont know about the hiring process but GlendaleFire Dept USED to do "scheduled" drug testing ! How stupid is that ? What happened to "random" ? I knew of 1 Captain and 1 Engineer who did drugs on a
regular basis and when their turn for their "scheduled drug test" would come up, they would stop their habit for however length of time beforehand so that it would come out clean . I seriously hope they have changed things , I dont need any Engineer that drives a fire engine, totally stoned racing down the street on a call .
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Unread 09-30-2009, 11:54 AM
 
Location: SLC, UT, Ketchum, ID, Southern Cal.
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I'd wait until your most recent felony drug use is 5+ years old before trying to get hired. I don't believe Fire uses polygraph, like all local LE agencies, but still. Its something you want to be up front about – I’m sure Fire does background on their potential hires, and if something comes up that you lied about, you’re done.
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Unread 10-01-2009, 03:59 AM
 
Location: Malibu/Miami Beach
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I am 29 years old. I have been working in the film industry for the last 9 years. Recently I have decided that this is not what I want to do with the rest of my life. I've always wanted to become a firefighter. It is something I could be proud of. My background will show (in all seriousness) experimental drug use when I was younger; as in light marijuana use in high school (over 10 yrs. ago), cocaine twice (over three years ago), ecstasy 4-5 times over 7 years ago, and lsd once over 7 years ago. Not proud of it, but it is what I did and it is in the past. Today, I am engaged and have a 7 month old daughter. I took the la city online preliminary background application and it told me that I wouldn't qualify to become a firefighter. Does anyone else have any experience with this or know how I should proceed? I need advice, any help or am I just SOL? Thanks!
I say go for it,if you've been in the film industry for nine years then bending the truth will be second nature.
I'm quite interested as to what you did in the film industry for nine years without a degree most of the guys I know in the industry without degrees are tradesmen and all very happy with their lives.
Its the only industry in the world where you can be a carpenter or electrician and have world class “babe” girlfriends.
Anyway if you want a change I say go for it,if you get found out and fired then write a screenplay about the whole experience.
Sounds like a winner to me!
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