How’s it going guys?
Need some advice/suggestions. I’m a 9 year veteran of the Coast Guard with 4 years of active service and the rest in the reserves. I’m also a member of the local fire department. Few months ago I was hurt at a fire to the point where I’m not allowed to fight fires anymore on a fire truck or fire boat. My injury has to do with my lungs, but my only issue is that I can’t take in toxic smoke as I did when I got hurt. I have no other issue. I can exercise normally. Only requirement from my doctor is to carry a rescue inhaler in case a situation arises. I have my QMED-Oiler. I’m considering leaving the department due to the fact that I don’t want to work in an office for the next 20 years in the fire department. I love working on and being on the water but want to make sure that I’m making the right decision and I consider every option/piece of advice. The Coast Guard doesn’t have an issue with me working in the reserves. I have a few options as to what I can do:
- Collect disability which I technically qualify for in my state because I can’t do my job anymore but I don’t want to do this really as I’m still young.
- Stay in the Fire department until I can retire but work in an office environment. This is the safest route which ensures job security and covers me financially and medically if a situation arises in the future due to my accident.
- Work on the local ferry and start a career on the water and continue upgrading my license. I will take a decent pay cut which we can afford as long as I pursue upgrading my license in the future and eventually make up the difference.
- Start the path towards becoming a Stationary Engineer which pays more than both the fire department and ferry but not really my cup of tea.
P.S. I’m married with my first child on the way. I’m also under 30 years old so I have a long life ahead of me career wise. I ask for serious advice/suggestions. Some people on here are ***holes. Thanks ladies and Gents.