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  • #16
    I got my letter for 12:30 on 1/24.

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    • #17
      my test time is 0700

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      • #18
        12:30 here. Anybody thinking about dressing up a little bit?

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        • #19
          I was in Madison this past weekend. I talked to a fellow that says he was hired on and starts in August. He is currently attending medical training right now. He said he is originally from Madison and had attended a firefighter program there. I believe there is a votech program for prefire service training in Madison?

          When my girlfriend and I were driving around, we got to see some of the apparatus responding down the streets to calls.

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          • #20
            I was happy to see that there is a thread about this!

            WDFF18: I was thinking about dressing nice, but then I thought that jeans might suffice. Maybe not, though?

            FIRE117- Yes- there is a course in Madison for Fire Service. I know a woman who didn't make through the physical test her first time applying, she took the courses & made it through the second time.

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            • #21
              Always dress for success. Consider each step as important as your final interview. You never know when someone important is watching or may notice you.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by runningamuk View Post
                Always dress for success. Consider each step as important as your final interview. You never know when someone important is watching or may notice you.
                Agreed. Here's a good thread about the topic if anyone hasn't seen it yet.

                http://www.firehouse.com/forums/showthread.php?t=97082

                Good luck everyone.

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                • #23
                  MATC offers, I believe it's a single semester, Fire Academy. It covers WI State Entry Level Firefighter, Firefighter 1, Firefighter 2, and HazMat Operations Certificate.

                  They also offer a 2 year associates degree in Fire Science, called the Fire Protection Technician Program.
                  "A fire department that writes off civilians faster than an express line of 6 reasons or less is not progressive, it's dangerous, because it's run by fear. Fear does not save lives, it endangers them." -- Lt. Ray McCormack FDNY

                  "Because if you don't think you're good, nobody else will." -- DC Tom Laun (ret) Syracuse

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by WDFF18 View Post
                    Captain, they do not require any past FF experience. Just general aptitude.
                    No experience is needed, nor is it necessary. MFD will take anyone that they believe fits their department, they are a very diverse dept and pride themselves on that. The written test consists of a picture to study and questions asked about it, general questions, basic math, reading, etc, then there is also a personality test.

                    The physical agility test in Madison is NOT the CPAT. They do their own version, there are aspects of the CPAT in it, but each individual event is timed. One also does not have to pass each event to pass the test overall, it is based on a points system.

                    I do not work for Madison, but have tested and was offered a job, but was already working in my current job. I know several folks on MFD and it is a great department, a progressive dept, and one of the few that keep growing in this state.
                    The thoughts and opinions posted here are mine and mine alone and do not reflect the thoughts and or views of city or dept affiliation.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by 721nle View Post
                      I was happy to see that there is a thread about this!

                      WDFF18: I was thinking about dressing nice, but then I thought that jeans might suffice. Maybe not, though?

                      FIRE117- Yes- there is a course in Madison for Fire Service. I know a woman who didn't make through the physical test her first time applying, she took the courses & made it through the second time.

                      Jeans will suffice, yes, you hear about every step in the job process is an interview and so on and so forth. Basically, though, as long as you don't look like a tool, you will be fine. You also don't need to wear a suit and a polo may be appropriate, but overdressed. I have seen a guy wear his turnouts to the test and you don't want to be that guy. Wearing a T-shirt is fine as well as long as it isn't offensive nor outlandish....leave the "Big Johnson" shirt at home.

                      Really, think about this a little bit, you are taking a written test which is split between a morning and afternoon time. You will have literally thousands taking the test. Nobody at the test site is really going to remember you, nor really your name (unless you already know someone). So really you don't have to go overboard when it comes to dressing up.


                      If one makes it through the written and goes on to the physical test, the test site is at the tech school. This is the same building where one can pursue a fire science associates degree, do the one semester fire academy, and is also the training academy for Madison Fire and where the recruit training is done.
                      The thoughts and opinions posted here are mine and mine alone and do not reflect the thoughts and or views of city or dept affiliation.

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                      • #26
                        Jeans and t shirt are fine. At this point, you are not trying to make a proffesional impression. Dress appropriate. no holes in jeans etc.

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                        • #27
                          Really, think about this a little bit, you are taking a written test which is split between a morning and afternoon time. You will have literally thousands taking the test. Nobody at the test site is really going to remember you, nor really your name (unless you already know someone). So really you don't have to go overboard when it comes to dressing up.
                          Yeah, that's kind of how I feel about it, too. Thousands of people. It's not an interview.

                          The physical agility test in Madison is NOT the CPAT. They do their own version, there are aspects of the CPAT in it, but each individual event is timed. One also does not have to pass each event to pass the test overall, it is based on a points system.
                          Hmm...I'm not too sure about this one only because I know 2 people who each failed different tests and it sounds as if they were disqualified because of it.

                          Although it would be really awesome if you are right on this, so I'm crossing my fingers!

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by 721nle View Post
                            Hmm...I'm not too sure about this one only because I know 2 people who each failed different tests and it sounds as if they were disqualified because of it.

                            Although it would be really awesome if you are right on this, so I'm crossing my fingers!
                            Regarding the written test, yep, there will be a lot of people and really those taking part in it as either a name taker or test taker really has no say in the interview process, so really there is no reason to "dress for success" as some may say.

                            As for their PAT, like I mentioned, it is NOT the CPAT. You put on a coat, helmet, gloves (no pants) and an SCBA for the test....different already from the CPAT. The test consisted of a stair climb on a step mill, followed by a ladder "take down" (a roof ladder at apparatus height) place it in a marked area, then do a ladder extension, don't let the ladder drop, go back and replace the roof ladder. Then you do a hose advance, followed by a roof simulator, search maze, victim carry, and then a ceiling push pull, which can be quite tough especially at the end.
                            The thoughts and opinions posted here are mine and mine alone and do not reflect the thoughts and or views of city or dept affiliation.

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                            • #29
                              How'd everyones written exams go?

                              I felt good about the reading comprehension. Everything else I just answered honestly and hopefully they like what they see.

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                              • #30
                                any updated news ????

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