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  • ACofthedesert
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    Originally posted by FireSpin View Post
    For those of you who are trying to get hired out here, take all the rumors with a grain of salt. There is truth to some things that are said, but one site may be ran totally different than another. When everyone was hired on with Sallyport they signed up for working 48 hours on, and 24 hours off. Throw in a couple days of 12 hour dispatch on top of that and it might not be as great as you thought at "some" sites. However, the site I am at I have not had a day off in 3 months and its a great place to be. Either way you are going to make at least 90k a year. It all depends on where you go and who runs your site.

    As for who you work for, it doesn't really matter. Its a contract, which means it can change at the drop of a hat. They don't fire everyone you just switch companies. If you want the job, apply to all the places you can: KBR, Sallyport, Dynacorp. ITT and just keep applying until you get hired.

    and while you are waiting to get hired, if you you don't have your ARFF and ARFF DO certs, got get them! you will be more likely to get hired and you will be a more valuable asset.

    Good Luck!
    The unfortunate thing right now is that Sallyport will not be providing services in Iraq under LOGCAP IV. KBR will be self providing these services and will be paying a MUCH lower rate. You will NOT make 90K, not even close. Any new hire should be looking at 60-70K beginning Jan 2012. My point is if you have a job do not leave it and come over here thinking you are going to make the big bucks, cause that gravy train has pulled into the station. If you want six figures you need to look at AFG, it is that simple. Good Luck Brother!

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  • FireSpin
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    For those of you who are trying to get hired out here, take all the rumors with a grain of salt. There is truth to some things that are said, but one site may be ran totally different than another. When everyone was hired on with Sallyport they signed up for working 48 hours on, and 24 hours off. Throw in a couple days of 12 hour dispatch on top of that and it might not be as great as you thought at "some" sites. However, the site I am at I have not had a day off in 3 months and its a great place to be. Either way you are going to make at least 90k a year. It all depends on where you go and who runs your site.

    As for who you work for, it doesn't really matter. Its a contract, which means it can change at the drop of a hat. They don't fire everyone you just switch companies. If you want the job, apply to all the places you can: KBR, Sallyport, Dynacorp. ITT and just keep applying until you get hired.

    and while you are waiting to get hired, if you you don't have your ARFF and ARFF DO certs, got get them! you will be more likely to get hired and you will be a more valuable asset.

    Good Luck!

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  • FFDownSouth
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    Originally posted by Lasko189 View Post
    Id like to go but im having absolutly no luck finding a pump ops class anywhere in Colorado. My only option so far is to fly to texas and do it at TEEX, but that is BIG money I dont have at the moment.
    Alabama or south carolina or north not sure.. will have a DO pumper course starting Oct 31 2011.. Sorry I just forgot which one it was.. I think it's south carolina.. but check all three..

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  • Lasko189
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    Id like to go but im having absolutly no luck finding a pump ops class anywhere in Colorado. My only option so far is to fly to texas and do it at TEEX, but that is BIG money I dont have at the moment.

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  • FFDownSouth
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    Originally posted by reddyfire View Post
    you my friend managed to turn a good thread in regards to information into your own personal bitchfight while producing no good info towards the topic at hand.

    For the rest of the guys that care about my particular case.

    I applied with sallyport, itt, dyncorp and kbr on june 13th.
    Ten days later i received an offer letter from Sallyport for one year, 108k.
    I accepted the offer, did fingerprints filled out some paperwork and filled out some info for my background check and security clearance (or whatever the sf85 is meant to achieve)
    I waited about two weeks for approval of my security clearance.
    August 5th i got my plane ticket for Houston and it looks like i will be heading to iraq on the 13th. Sallyport is sub-contracted out by kbr to do fire suppression/ ems over there.
    I still have a lot of questions myself, but i got a good list going and will be asking all of those while in Houston.
    Please be advised that wait times for sf85 process is not the same for everyone as everybody has different "backgrounds".
    I have nremt-b, ff1&2, hazmat awareness & ops, arff, instructor 1,2,3, officer 1,2.
    If anyone has any other questions email me (r3ddyfire at gmail dot com)
    Sounds good, but just know you WILL NOT make 108,000. Sallyport will be down to 7-8 bases and we have over 380 FF here.. the hrs are starting to suck and there's no promise for 2012..

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  • ACofthedesert
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    Originally posted by ACofthedesert View Post
    Whiz is absolutely right, make sure you have enough socks and underwear as well as something to work out in, shorts, sneaks ect. If you have favorite toiletries you may want to double up on those. The reason for this is that depending on where you go some laundry services are better than others (as far as turn around time - I have seen everything from same day to a week), and PX and APO services are winding down so you could be stuck without any recourse to re up.
    Before you leave Houston you can fed ex most of your overflow back home, that will also save space.

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  • ACofthedesert
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    Originally posted by firemanwhiz View Post
    Man i dont know what they have on the sallyport list but all you will need is underwear, socks, personal hygiene stuff and like maybe 2 outfits. They provide you with your uniforms and that is mostly what you will be wearing out here. Just remember whatever you pack you have to carry with you to your base along with your gear back which can be cumbersome at best. The mail works fine here so anything you think you might need later you can have shipped. Walmart, amazon, body building.com they all ship out here pretty darn quick. Its a great place to work all things considered!
    Whiz is absolutely right, make sure you have enough socks and underwear as well as something to work out in, shorts, sneaks ect. If you have favorite toiletries you may want to double up on those. The reason for this is that depending on where you go some laundry services are better than others (as far as turn around time - I have seen everything from same day to a week), and PX and APO services are winding down so you could be stuck without any recourse to re up.

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  • firemanwhiz
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    Originally posted by reddyfire View Post
    yes i coming over as a ff and the pay is not a salary but a per hour estimate of what i should work/make at the end of the year. the logcap iv contract is one of my main questions, im due in phoenix tommrow so ill ask alot of questions and post back what i find out about it. as a side question for anyone that has been to iraq... what else should i pack i have room for 20 more pounds worth of stuff...

    Man i dont know what they have on the sallyport list but all you will need is underwear, socks, personal hygiene stuff and like maybe 2 outfits. They provide you with your uniforms and that is mostly what you will be wearing out here. Just remember whatever you pack you have to carry with you to your base along with your gear back which can be cumbersome at best. The mail works fine here so anything you think you might need later you can have shipped. Walmart, amazon, body building.com they all ship out here pretty darn quick. Its a great place to work all things considered!

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  • reddyfire
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    yes i coming over as a ff and the pay is not a salary but a per hour estimate of what i should work/make at the end of the year. the logcap iv contract is one of my main questions, im due in phoenix tommrow so ill ask alot of questions and post back what i find out about it. as a side question for anyone that has been to iraq... what else should i pack i have room for 20 more pounds worth of stuff...

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  • ACofthedesert
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    Originally posted by reddyfire View Post
    you my friend managed to turn a good thread in regards to information into your own personal bitchfight while producing no good info towards the topic at hand.

    For the rest of the guys that care about my particular case.

    I applied with sallyport, itt, dyncorp and kbr on june 13th.
    Ten days later i received an offer letter from Sallyport for one year, 108k.
    I accepted the offer, did fingerprints filled out some paperwork and filled out some info for my background check and security clearance (or whatever the sf85 is meant to achieve)
    I waited about two weeks for approval of my security clearance.
    August 5th i got my plane ticket for Houston and it looks like i will be heading to iraq on the 13th. Sallyport is sub-contracted out by kbr to do fire suppression/ ems over there.
    I still have a lot of questions myself, but i got a good list going and will be asking all of those while in Houston.
    Please be advised that wait times for sf85 process is not the same for everyone as everybody has different "backgrounds".
    I have nremt-b, ff1&2, hazmat awareness & ops, arff, instructor 1,2,3, officer 1,2.
    If anyone has any other questions email me (r3ddyfire at gmail dot com)
    Congratulations! Are you coming over as a Firefighter? I noticed you state a salary of 108K, is that an estimate of what you should make or an actual salary? We know KBR won the LOGCAP IV task order to provide services to the DOS mission for a year, but it remains unclear as to Sallyport Subing this. They really keep us in the dark over here so relaying anything you hear would be appreciated. Both SP and KBR have job listings for this mission. However as it stands now the SP LOGCAP III contract is ending in December, with many bases closing. I hope this all works out for you but these are unsure times in Iraq. Best of luck and safe travels!

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  • reddyfire
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    you my friend managed to turn a good thread in regards to information into your own personal bitchfight while producing no good info towards the topic at hand.

    For the rest of the guys that care about my particular case.

    I applied with sallyport, itt, dyncorp and kbr on june 13th.
    Ten days later i received an offer letter from Sallyport for one year, 108k.
    I accepted the offer, did fingerprints filled out some paperwork and filled out some info for my background check and security clearance (or whatever the sf85 is meant to achieve)
    I waited about two weeks for approval of my security clearance.
    August 5th i got my plane ticket for Houston and it looks like i will be heading to iraq on the 13th. Sallyport is sub-contracted out by kbr to do fire suppression/ ems over there.
    I still have a lot of questions myself, but i got a good list going and will be asking all of those while in Houston.
    Please be advised that wait times for sf85 process is not the same for everyone as everybody has different "backgrounds".
    I have nremt-b, ff1&2, hazmat awareness & ops, arff, instructor 1,2,3, officer 1,2.
    If anyone has any other questions email me (r3ddyfire at gmail dot com)

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  • ACofthedesert
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    Originally posted by Tikcuf9905 View Post
    CONGRATULATIONS to reddyfire! You correctly predicted the winner of the LOGCAP IV contract!

    Can you tell me what the stock market will look like six months from now? I'd love to pad my portfolio appropriately.

    ACofthedesert, you're still a p r i c k.
    You are almost amusing,almost.

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  • Tikcuf9905
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    CONGRATULATIONS to reddyfire! You correctly predicted the winner of the LOGCAP IV contract!

    Can you tell me what the stock market will look like six months from now? I'd love to pad my portfolio appropriately.

    ACofthedesert, you're still a p r i c k.

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  • snake_MFD
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    Originally posted by SCIBR10 View Post
    Not to seem like a nob, but what is this "1" series you speak of. I retired from the FFD side of the tracks, but don't remember hearing this. Thanks.
    The 1 series consists of: Instructor 1, Inspector 1 and Officer 1. All of which you would need for a Crew Chief/LT spot in Iraq or Afghan

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  • SCIBR10
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    Originally posted by dteague2 View Post
    And also, if I go ahead and get all my 1 series, would this increase my pay on an overseas contract?
    Not to seem like a nob, but what is this "1" series you speak of. I retired from the FFD side of the tracks, but don't remember hearing this. Thanks.

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