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    Just checking to see if anybody else here is trying to get on at DFW. Or if anybody has experience with this department.

    Thanks

  • #2
    Check out their retirement system Hear it is a little strange


    Other then that I think it is a highly recognized airport department
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZdEH...e_gdata_player

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Mxrider34 View Post
      Just checking to see if anybody else here is trying to get on at DFW. Or if anybody has experience with this department.

      Thanks
      Great department to work for!!! I already had obtained my FF/EMT-B/HAZMAT-TECH certs. through Tarrant County College when they hired me, so the only other cert. I was needing was Basic Aircraft Rescue Firefighter. They sent me through their own B.A.R.F.F. Academy at DFW Airport's Fire Training Center after only the second week of being on the job. DFW Airport will hire someone without any certs./experience and send them to FF/B.A.R.F.F./ EMT-B schools, provided they meet (in this order):

      The initial hiring requirements.
      Have at least 30 hours or more of college credit.
      Pass both a written and physical ability test.
      Pass a polygraph test.
      Complete and pass a background investigation.
      Successfully pass the chief's interview.
      Pass both a physic evaluation and drug test.

      A person who decides to apply with DFW Aiport FR better have patience! In my experience with fire department hiring processes, DFW Airport FR's hiring process takes longer than some of the other metroplex departments, but it's well worth the wait!!!


      http://www.dfwairport.com/dps/fire_services.php
      Last edited by pewter98; 12-28-2010, 10:40 AM. Reason: To add more information.
      IF YOU CAN'T TAKE THE HEAT, GO BE A COP!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by fire49 View Post
        Check out their retirement system Hear it is a little strange


        Other then that I think it is a highly recognized airport department
        Are you even hired with a fire department?
        IF YOU CAN'T TAKE THE HEAT, GO BE A COP!

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        • #5
          No but i stayed at a holiday inn last night
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZdEH...e_gdata_player

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          • #6
            Can you explain the point system or have they changed the retirement
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZdEH...e_gdata_player

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            • #7
              was disappointed to hear about the 30 hours of college.... i would like to be applying there.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by fire49 View Post
                No but i stayed at a holiday inn last night
                Figures...another lurker!

                Originally posted by sredish View Post
                was disappointed to hear about the 30 hours of college.... i would like to be applying there.
                - College requirement may be substituted by either of the following:
                a) Two (2) years of military service in the United States Army, Air Force, Navy, or Marines.
                b) Two (2) years of paid experience as a Fire Fighter.
                IF YOU CAN'T TAKE THE HEAT, GO BE A COP!

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                • #9
                  Here is a link to the DFW Airport DPS employment page:

                  http://www.dfwairport.com/careers/dps.php
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                  • #10
                    Can you explain the point system or have they changed the retirement
                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZdEH...e_gdata_player

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                    • #11
                      For those who are truly interested in applying with DFW Airport Fire Rescue and not just interested in increasing their copy/paste computer skills at every thread on this forum, here is a very basic explanation of the department's "Rule of 80" retirement:

                      Number of years worked + Person's Age = Needs to equal 80

                      Example: 25 years worked + 55 years old = 80


                      Though I have been told that they are planning to or already have done away with this "Rule of 80" and gone to a straight 25 years worked = full retirement benefits. I'm not 100% sure on it. If you really want to know, contact the DFW Airport Human Resources department to find out what exactly the retirement system is for Fire Rescue:

                      http://www.dfwairport.com/contact/index.php
                      IF YOU CAN'T TAKE THE HEAT, GO BE A COP!

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                      • #12
                        DFW Airport Fire Rescue

                        Those applicants who are hired by DFW Airport Fire Rescue and are not already FF, EMT-B, and ARFF certified will be send to the following training:

                        Emergency Care Attendant Course (ECA): Taught in house by our EMS Division
                        Basic Fire Academy: Tarrant County College's Fire Service Training Center
                        Basic Aircraft Rescue Firefighting (B.A.R.F.F.) Academy: DFW Airport's F.T.C.
                        Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-Basic) School: UT Southwestern

                        Your work week while in training is Mon.-Fri., usually 7 a.m.-5 p.m., for the first 6-7 months of employment. There may be breaks in between the different parts of training for weeks at a time. You would then report to the Career Development Division of DFW Airport Fire Rescue to work on your probie orientation. The probie orientation takes a full 4-6 months to complete, this is in addition to your 6-7 months while in the required training courses. During this time, you may be still left on a Mon.-Fri 80 hr work week or you might be put on 24 hrs. on / 48 hrs. off schedule for a short time until they send you to your next phase of training.
                        Last edited by pewter98; 11-15-2010, 11:04 PM. Reason: Add Info.
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                        • #13
                          What is the call volume like, staffing, etc. I looked on the internet, but I couldn't find anything regarding this. Does the dept. respond off property? Thanks for any input.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by senatobiafire View Post
                            What is the call volume like, staffing, etc. I looked on the internet, but I couldn't find anything regarding this. Does the dept. respond off property? Thanks for any input.
                            Our call volume is around 3,800 runs per year. We have 5 stations, 4 for airfield operations and 1 for structural fires/M.I.C.U. calls. Station 6 is scheduled to open in the spring of 2011 and is located east of hwy 121/northwest of hwy 114 in DFW Airport's warehouse district. All 5 of the fire stations that are located on the main part of the airport have the ability to respond to calls both on and off airport property. DFW Airport Fire Rescue has mutual aid agreements with Irving, Coppell, Colleyville, Grapevine, Southlake, Hurst, Euless, Bedford, and several other departments.
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                            • #15
                              Staffing

                              The 4 fire stations for airfield operations each have a structural apparatus with a 4 person crew, 1-3 ARFF apparatus that each have 1 operator. When an aircraft alert call occurs and depending on what side of the airport it occurs on (either eastside or westside), personnel from the alert side's structual apparatus will jump onto their pre-assigned ARFF apparatus' to assist the operator on the call. The remaining staffed structural apparatus that are not on the side of the airport where the aircraft alert is occuring will respond to the call to conduct any structural fire operations that are needed.

                              I don't have any exact number of personnel, but I want to say there are around 160-180 firefighters. Thats not counting the chiefs, officers, fire prevention, fire investigation, career development, and other areas of the department.
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