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Hello. I'm getting close to testing for my Paramedic certification and am planning on moving into the Ozarks area within the year. My goal is to become a full-time firefighter paramedic and gain some experience and work towards eventually becoming a tactical/SWAT medic, either full-time or in addition to staying on a fire department (the latter is what's more likely and what I'm leaning towards).

My specific questions right now are:
- would joining the Army National Guard help me towards a tactical medic career?
-- is 68w combat medic beneficial at all, or does it matter? I'd prefer to go 12m firefighter.
-- should I go through Basic before or after getting a firefighter job? Where I'm from, applicants are given military priority even if they're not veterans.
- do agencies provide the certifications (such as TCCC, PHTL, TMAST) or should I try and get some of those while working as a firemedic?

I knew of a couple of guys who became SWAT medics just with EMT/medic experience and because of their National Guard status (they were friends of friends of friends so I'm not able to badger them with questions unfortunately) and that's the route I'd like to go. I'd prefer to stay away from the cop approach...I'd rather become a SWAT medic via firefighter experience than going through police academy/becoming a deputy like some websites suggest.

I know I'll need years of experience and certifications to get anywhere close to being a tactical medic (not to mention staying in serious shape). Does anyone else have any advice to offer? I know every team has different requirements but any advice and guidance is very appreciated. I'll definitely be reaching out to departments after I move, but I feel like I've exhausted the general internet of new information.
 

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Does the agency you are interested have them?
Are they FD medics?
Are they Police?
you don’t just walk in and say I want to be it.

NG 68W isn’t going to do much as it depends on what your unit does. 12mike? That’s usually non existent in most areas.

You need to discuss this with the agency AFTER you move and settle into your job, wherever that is. They know what they want. They will train you in the areas they want.

TCCC/TEMS are just monkey skills you should already know.
 
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RedFiremedic

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Does the agency you are interested have them?
Are they FD medics?
Are they Police?
you don’t just walk in and say I want to be it.

NG 68W isn’t going to do much as it depends on what your unit does. 12mike? That’s usually non existent in most areas.

You need to discuss this with the agency AFTER you move and settle into your job, wherever that is. They know what they want. They will train you in the areas they want.

TCCC/TEMS are just monkey skills you should already know.
Thank you for your response. I'll definitely be talking to people when I get down there, and was just wondering if there was anything I could do to better prepare myself for such a job in the meantime. I tend to get needlessly anxious about "wasting time" but for now I'll keep preparing myself in the ways I know how. I would like to join the National Guard but definitely want a job skill that can be applicable in my career as well.
 

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