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    Anyone know if the written exam will be in June 2011?

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    Heard from a Tacoma Fire Medic last week that the test is scheduled to be in May. He also said that approx 50 will be hired off this new list. They just got the SAFER Grant and are adopting a "forced" retirement policy. Don't take it as written in stone but definitely something to look forward to.

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    • #3
      That is good news and do you think it will be around the middle of May? I will be coming from overseas to take the test and trying to put in vacation for a generic time frame.

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      • #4
        Got my app in. Does anyone have any advice on past hirings/tests? I am from California but have heard that NREMT-P does not cross over for King County. Would Tacoma be out of this county's jurisdiction?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by FirstDue52 View Post
          Got my app in. Does anyone have any advice on past hirings/tests? I am from California but have heard that NREMT-P does not cross over for King County. Would Tacoma be out of this county's jurisdiction?
          not to sound ignorant. But which tacoma are we talking about and when does it close?

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          • #6
            Tacoma Fire in Washington State. They are located in Pierce County so they have their own fire medics so a cert does help. If you don't have it they put you through an in house medic school. It is a continuous recruitment set to close when they have reached capacity (who knows what that number might be) but it has been open for more than a month.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by GU Bulldog Fire View Post
              Heard from a Tacoma Fire Medic last week that the test is scheduled to be in May. He also said that approx 50 will be hired off this new list. They just got the SAFER Grant and are adopting a "forced" retirement policy. Don't take it as written in stone but definitely something to look forward to.
              Better talk to our friend again, he may be mis-informed.
              Forced retirement? Not around here.
              There are so many things going on with the City, the Union, and the Dept that no one, including the Chief and the City Manager, has any idea when a test will be given. Sometime in 2011 is the right answer.
              Watch the website, call Human Resources.

              But remember, just study the damn book everyday until the written.

              Good Luck!

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              • #8
                Real news about hiring

                http://blog.thenewstribune.com/stree...-firefighters/

                Two Pierce County fire departments – Tacoma and DuPont - have received federal grants to hire a total of 13 “front line” firefighters to bolster sagging staffing levels.

                Tacoma announced today that it received $1,566,699 to pay salary and expenses over the next two years for 10 new firefighters.

                The City of DuPont Fire Department received $540,750 in January to hire three new firefighters.

                The money comes through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants program. The local departments are among four in the state to receive money.

                “It’s great news,” said Tacoma Fire spokesman Joe Meinecke. “We were hoping to get it.”
                Meinecke explained that the due to budget constraints the department hasn’t had a recruiting class since 2008 and is down 33 positions from its budgeted staff of 409 firefighters. He said they have enough front line firefughters to maintain a safe minimum number of 72firefighters on duty per shift.

                He said city officials authorized a 24-person recruit class that will start next month to begin closing the staffing gap. The federal money now will pay for 10 of those positions.


                DuPont Fire Department Operations Chief Greg Cooper said the grant will enable the city to have a minimum of three firefighters available 24/7. Currently there are only two minimum which is not a safe staffing level, he said.

                “We were very appreciative of the grant,” Cooper said, “though it’s not surprising. SAFER grants are for departments like our that lost positions due to the economy. We thought we would be successful.”

                The hires will up the number of DuPont “front line” firefighters from 9 to 12.

                Under terms of the grant, Tacoma is required to support the grant positions for at least a third year.

                Due to its size, Cooper said DuPont isn’t required to pay for the third year, adding the city will find a way to keep the positions.


                Some might take this to mean that the City can hire 1o ff off the new list because Grant pays for 10 spots.
                Others might say the City is happy it just saved alot of money by not having to pay for 10 spots.
                And always look ahead and wonder what happens when the grant runs out...
                Last edited by flipper123; 03-05-2011, 12:27 AM.

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                • #9
                  My recruit class was facilitated with a SAFER grant. There definitely have been concerns about our department's ability to keep us. Luckily we passed a permanent EMS levy this past fall, and our (department's) financial future is solvent.

                  If I were to test for TFD - I wouldn't sweat it too much. Flipper...correct me if I'm wrong, but TFD has never laid any line firefighters off in its history, right?

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                  • #10
                    Have all 24 applicants been selected from the 2008 recruit class?

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                    • #11
                      So will Tacoma hire off their last list or will they have a test coming up? I appreciate any insight guys.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by powerhourcoug View Post
                        If I were to test for TFD - I wouldn't sweat it too much. Flipper...correct me if I'm wrong, but TFD has never laid any line firefighters off in its history, right?
                        I think you're right coug.
                        But wouldn't it suck to be the first?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by FirstDue52 View Post
                          So will Tacoma hire off their last list or will they have a test coming up? I appreciate any insight guys.
                          New test. Get your app in if it's still open.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by piphill View Post
                            Have all 24 applicants been selected from the 2008 recruit class?
                            Yes, happily at work at the academy.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by flipper123 View Post
                              I think you're right coug.
                              But wouldn't it suck to be the first?
                              Kind of like being eaten by a grizzly. The odds may be 5,000 to 1 against it, but if you're the 1, it doesn't matter much.

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