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  • #61
    Has anyone attended the oral board preparation sessions recently or in the past? I'm thinking of heading to the one offered tonight, depending on how valuable you all think it is.

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    • #62
      Originally posted by Hopeful_FF View Post
      Has anyone attended the oral board preparation sessions recently or in the past? I'm thinking of heading to the one offered tonight, depending on how valuable you all think it is.
      YES!! Definately go!!

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      • #63
        So how did the Oral Board prep go? Ive never attended one.

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        • #64
          Anyone have any info from the oral board prep they can share? I live in MN so attending myself is out of the question.

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          • #65
            2011 sfd cpat

            Was looking on NTN website and they say they are doing the CPAT for SFD in the month of march. But the SFD web page says candidates will be notified by mail of the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) date, time and location. Just want to make sure Im not missing anything. Anyone know what the story is?

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            • #66
              The oral boards are formal. Business dress, ie suits and clean shaven are important. The panel is three FF or FF and Lts. The first round is 8 set questions designed to see if you want to be a FF, know and understand the job you will be expected to do, the dangers involved, and the complications you will face everyday. You only have 20 min to answer all the questions for the first round. The big thing is they look for the typical key words; teamwork, leader, work well with others, willing to learn, etc. Be able to give examples from your personal life.

              As of now, don't go by the NTN. There is no way that Seattle will be through the written and both oral boards for a March CPAT. As of a few days ago, the hope was to have a August class this year. But they won't beable to get through all the steps in time. The current plan is a class in Fed '12 and another Aug '12. Not sure on the numbers.

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              • #67
                written exam

                what format is the test going to be? does anyone know? civil service??

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                • #68
                  Emt

                  Hopefull FF (and others):

                  When I was hired they gave the top 50 people the option to go through King County's EMT program, I believe at no cost. I don't think the program was accelerated though, and I think the schedule was 1 evening and 1 saturday a week, so Hopefull, whatever issues you have getting through a normal program are going to affect you here. The only accelerated EMT program I know of is one in California (google acclerated nremt courses). It was a 2 week course. I'll be honest though, you have to pass the national registry and then worry about reciprocity. I would definitely call King County first before going this route to make sure it would transfer. I would also be concerned about how good of an EMT you would be after a 2 week course.

                  I echo what the others say, at the end of the day you have to do whatever it takes to get the job, or you are just treading water with a 20lb brick over your head. Everyone has their own unique circumstances, work with your support network (spouse and kids) and get it done. I say this with the hindsight of someone that made some tough choices and watched others take the easy route...guess who got the job first?

                  Hope this helps, good luck to everyone on the test.

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                  • #69
                    Does anyone know how many applied? I'm guessing 10,000 or so.

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                    • #70
                      I believe they are expecting about 4300 to take the written this weekend.

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                      • #71
                        Thanks. Flying up from California today. Seems like a better chance than the 12,000 who applied for SF.

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                        • #72
                          Originally posted by GRNFT View Post
                          I believe they are expecting about 4300 to take the written this weekend.
                          Be sure to allow extra time to get to U Dub campus. They have been doing road contruction on 15 Ave NE right next to campus. It has slowed traffic the last few weekends and will probably only add more time with that many people coming in. Parking is limited, so plan accordingly.

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                          • #73
                            Good luck this weekend ladies and gents. It's worth the ride...

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                            • #74
                              Good luck to everyone testing today.
                              Remember; when in doubt, "C".

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                              • #75
                                Took the test yesterday...felt good...hope for an interview date...Good luck to everyone. If anyone has any interview advice for SEattle, I'd really appreciate it as I won't be able to attend an orientation - I'm an out of stater...

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