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  • #31
    Originally posted by ffbam24 View Post
    Not every test is alike.

    The one they use in particular does force the candidate to purchase a specific edition study guide for the test that is just slightly off of real world numbers that you must use the study guide in order to score well. For that I am not a big fan of this test for the oft' cash strapped candidate. (Admittedly, I'm not a big fan of banding either or the whole "rule of 3's" or 5's.)
    Heads up...those bands or rule of 3's and 5's give you the chance to be hired. I doubt you come out #1 every test and this also gives the hiring department some flexibility on hiring someone they feel is a better fit in their department. The last thing anyone wants, is to hire someone who doesn't get along and then let them go before their probation is up because nobody wanted to work with them.

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    • #32
      Originally posted by BFDCP View Post
      Heads up...those bands or rule of 3's and 5's give you the chance to be hired. I doubt you come out #1 every test and this also gives the hiring department some flexibility on hiring someone they feel is a better fit in their department. The last thing anyone wants, is to hire someone who doesn't get along and then let them go before their probation is up because nobody wanted to work with them.
      If it wasn't mentioned already what is the "rule of 3's or 5's". Thanks.

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      • #33
        Does anyone know if you can call and get switched to a different day... my car is broken and all my buddies are going on the day after mine

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        • #34
          Originally posted by BFDCP View Post
          Heads up...those bands or rule of 3's and 5's give you the chance to be hired. I doubt you come out #1 every test and this also gives the hiring department some flexibility on hiring someone they feel is a better fit in their department. The last thing anyone wants, is to hire someone who doesn't get along and then let them go before their probation is up because nobody wanted to work with them.
          Rule of 3's or 5's allows a department to pull 3 or 5 candidates to interview for every one or more open position. Works to some extent unless you happen to be one of those not picked up. Yeah, I was one of those. And what was the mitigating factor? Poor financial credit. I was #1 on two different lists prior to getting hired where I am now, yet passed over because of it.

          Here we have a straight Civil Service List. We go right down the list and hire in rank order. Sure everyone is different, but we haven't hired any real @-holes yet.

          Personally I didn't like being passed over when I was ranked #1. All I needed was an opportunity. Credit is hard to overcome if it's bad, but also shouldn't be a limiting factor when it comes to getting the job. Nobody has ever asked me at a fire scene to see my credit report nor said it somehow adversely affects how I do my job.

          Sorry to hijack the thread there.
          Good luck everyone!

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          • #35
            Originally posted by ffbam24 View Post
            Rule of 3's or 5's allows a department to pull 3 or 5 candidates to interview for every one or more open position. Works to some extent unless you happen to be one of those not picked up. Yeah, I was one of those. And what was the mitigating factor? Poor financial credit. I was #1 on two different lists prior to getting hired where I am now, yet passed over because of it.

            Here we have a straight Civil Service List. We go right down the list and hire in rank order. Sure everyone is different, but we haven't hired any real @-holes yet.

            Personally I didn't like being passed over when I was ranked #1. All I needed was an opportunity. Credit is hard to overcome if it's bad, but also shouldn't be a limiting factor when it comes to getting the job. Nobody has ever asked me at a fire scene to see my credit report nor said it somehow adversely affects how I do my job.

            Sorry to hijack the thread there.
            Good luck everyone!
            I feel for you on the credit issue but it is relevent to what we do. We are given taxpayer money to perform a service and any hint of weakness on our part to do that ethically and honestly hurts everyone. I am sure your credit history was the product of bad luck, but with others it is a sign of bad judgement. Poor credit has led people to theft of public funds, and in this economy especially, no public organization is going to open itself up to that potential if they can help it. Like I have seen before, why would a chief hire someone with a tarnish on their record when he has 100 other people with spotless backgrounds to choose from?

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            • #36
              What are the differences between Tacoma Fd and Seattle FD as far as (1)when they will have an academy and (2)pay scale?

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              • #37
                Originally posted by cb3 View Post
                What are the differences between Tacoma Fd and Seattle FD as far as (1)when they will have an academy and (2)pay scale?
                Tacoma FD and Seattle FD are within <5% of each other when all is said and done.
                They are both great depts.
                As for when they are hiring, use their websites.

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                • #38
                  does Tacoma FD have a policy on visible tattoos?

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                  • #39
                    Hope all did well on the written.
                    Sounds like this process will be much faster than normal, so be ready to go for the physical agility, it's pretty challenging I hear.
                    http://www.cityoftacoma.org/Page.aspx?hid=8663

                    I have seen plenty of firemen in Tacoma with tattoos.

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                    • #40
                      If you want to work for a stuffy, uptight, sterile "fire" department...go work in King County (Seattle not included).

                      If you want to work in a gritty urban department filled with a bunch of hard edged firemen (traditional term - gender non specific) who could care less about how they look, and care more about kicking arse and taking names...Tacoma would be a great place to be.

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                      • #41
                        Who's scruffy lookin'???!!!

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                        • #42
                          Here's some quick advice, so pay attention, I'm only going to post this once :
                          For those of you continuing in the process, from here on out, you will be scrutinized and graded on how you interact with the other candidates and the department members. When you are invited to practice in the PAT, take every opportunity you can to participate in it. But on top of that, show up early, park in the designated parking area, and most of all, be a team player and help out where needed. This is one thing they definitely look for in a candidate and will be taking notes.

                          Good luck.

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                          • #43
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                            Last edited by Pasha6568; 05-19-2011, 08:49 PM.

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                            • #44
                              Originally posted by flipper123 View Post
                              ........
                              Sounds like this process will be much faster than normal, so be ready to go for the physical agility........
                              Anybunny have an estimate of timetable?

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                              • #45
                                Originally posted by Pasha6568 View Post
                                "....Sounds like this process will be much faster than normal....." --Flipper


                                Anybunny have an estimate on timetable?
                                Class to start before end of 2011, so dem bunnies say. Like late fall.

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