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Becoming a US First Responder with Education from Mexico, Brazil or Venezuela

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Looking for a job as a Police Officer, Firefighter, or First Responder in the U.S.? With a high school diploma or education from Mexico, Brazil or Venezuela, you can be on your way to a career with a positive impact in America. Learn how to put your talent and drive to work.

What Does a First Responder Do?

First Responders in the U.S. solve crimes, provide emergency medical care, put out fires, and rescue people from disasters. Before you become a superhero, you will need to be comfortable with the physical and mental exertion required during day and night shifts. Some positions may be desk jobs, such as 911 dispatchers, but other roles require strength, composure, and sometimes navigating danger. The work may even push you to your limits.

All First Responder jobs in the U.S. require that you have a strong ethical sense to always do the right thing, obey the rules and your code of office, while avoiding dubious people and bad habits that could cut your career short. If you are hired, you will need discipline to stay on top of the physical and moral requirements.

What You Need to Apply

Before you apply, make sure to have a valid government-issued photo identification, such as a driver’s license. Most American states require police officers to be citizens, although some states allow people with work permits, visas, or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status to apply. Some First Responder positions, such as firefighter, may allow you to apply with a green card or work visa.

There may be additional requirements that you attend a college academy, have past paystubs from a similar position, or hold a signed verification letter for employment. The best practice is to check the state and local requirements for the position that you are seeking.

Credential Evaluation for Visa

Be prepared to provide proof of your high school diploma or passage of an equivalency test (G.E.D.) or obtain a credential evaluation showing US equivalency of your education from Mexico, Brazil, or Venezuela.

A credential evaluation equivalency shows how your foreign education is comparable to a US degree. Look for a credential evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which will give you peace of mind and meet government guidelines.

Foreign Document Translation

In America, English is the predominant language. To be successful as a First Responder, you will need to speak and understand English instructions given to you in person, on written documents, and via audio transmission.

Being fluent in a second language, such as Spanish, can give you an advantage as a job candidate because bilingual skills build trust when dealing with a multi-cultural population. Make sure your C.V. or resume showcases your multilingual skills.

You will also want to have foreign document translation of your transcript and academic records. A certified translation by a member of the American Translators Association (ATA) for birth and marriage certificates, and other legal documents, will help you meet US legal requirements.

Certification, Testing and Training

Once accepted into a First Responders program, you may be sent to training or a bootcamp. Some programs model paramilitary or military training for learning self-discipline, following orders, drills, rules, and team-orientation. You may learn skills like physical defense, fire and weapon safety, cybersecurity, law enforcement procedure, Hazardous Materials (HazMat) handling, Basic Life Support (BLS), Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), smoke jumping, identification and treatment of burns, chemical exposure, trauma, and treating behavioral and health issues.

Other classes for training include cybersecurity, law and justice, animal control, corrections enforcement, technical rescue, investigation, anti-corruption, and anti-bribery.

Expect to take a written and a physical fitness test. You may also need to provide a personal history statement (PHS) and undergo an oral board exam to show how your experiences, background, and the way you deal with life challenges make you a qualified candidate. There may be a fingerprint and background check of your employment history and finances to make sure you are being honest. Failing to meet your commitments to your employer or family may negatively impact your chances of getting and staying hired.

To meet academic requirements, check out local community colleges and online institutions that offer criminal justice, firefighter, and paramedic studies. You may need to study for a Civil Service Examination and Field Training for certification for some positions such as deputy sheriff or corrections deputy.

Volunteering in a rural community can also provide critical training. You will learn how to clean equipment, run checks, perform rescues, and improve your physical fitness. Be prepared to work swing and graveyard positions at the start of your career while you protect and serve your community.

Retirement and Disability

While you hope to have a long career, it is good to know the American system for First Responders often includes a safety net. You may be wounded or injured on the job, and your employer may provide information on your rights and resources for disability or retirement when you need it.

Starting Your Own Security Business

For many people, the American dream is to work for yourself. Following your state and local rules, you can start your own private security company to patrol industrial or residential areas depending on the contracts you secure. Expect long hours until you can employ junior guards to cover shifts.

NACES Estados Unidos

With a high Google rating, Foundation for International Services, Inc., sets the standard for fast, reliable credential evaluations of education from countries including Mexico, Brazil, and Venezuela. FIS is a charter member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

FIS offers simple pricing and rush options, plus convenient translations of documents from nearly all languages including Spanish and Portuguese into English. FIS is a member of the American Translators Association (ATA) to meet requirements for legal document translation. If you need an Expert Opinion, FIS has a large network of recognized authorities ready to highlight your potential for success.

FIS is recommended and used by Fortune 500 companies, law firms, attorneys, paralegals, staffing companies, recruiters, and schools around the world.

All for you to have a successful First Responder career in the U.S.!

FIS serves people with education from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Michoacán, Poulsbo, Redding, Salem, Shasta County, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Nicaragua, Haiti, Peru, Abuja, Lagos City, Nigeria, Venezuela, Texas, California, Wyoming, New York, Washington, Oregon, Arizona

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