I am giving this to all of my friends and asking that everyone keeps those that are enduring hardships from the ice storms in their prayers. I personally know of 2 people here on firelink that need our prayers and I am sure there are a lot more.
email me at Belcher.Randy@gmail.com and I will send you some links to get in some free training that you can do from home that will help you on your path. It is all stuff you will have to have at some point in the fire industry. You may also consider trying to find a volunteer department that you can respond with, by getting into a volunteer department they will send you to get all of your firefighter training paid for by the state, you would normally only have to pay for the gas to get to the academy in Forsyth, GA. By doing this it would give you a leg up when hiring is available in areas, Some of the smaller departments like Milton and Johns Creek doesn't have a training program for entry level so when you hire on if you have these certifications then you are work ready, but larger departments want you to undergo their training which will be the same training all over again , but it still gives you a little more leverage if you are already certified.
I love it up here, I am actually between Jasper and Waleska up on top of Henderson Mountain and we love it. I work fulltime as an electrician so I get to travel all over GA, for instance right now I have 3 active projects that I am the foreman for, 1 is in Duluth at the Atlanta Toyota, another is in Suwannee at the Cincos Mexican Cantina, and then I take care of all of the electrical issues for Mountain Express Oil Corporation and they have stations all over North and Central GA. The last project I headed up in Alpharetta was on Old Milton, we built the building that houses Kinkos and what used to be Noble Romans and is now becoming Jerusalem Bakery.