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  • #76
    Scored 98. Rank 6. Pretty sure they are band scores.

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    • #77
      Anyone have an idea what the band rank cutoff is in order to possibly receive an invite for the panel interview?

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      • #78
        Originally posted by piphill View Post
        Anyone have an idea what the band rank cutoff is in order to possibly receive an invite for the panel interview?
        Physical comes before any interviews. And it's hard telling, depends on their needs - list is good for three years so it may be a couple years before hearing anything depending on list placement.

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        • #79
          Congrats to those that passed.



          Now the real process begins.

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          • #80
            As I mentioned earlier in this thread I passed the written in the 8th band. I am a little concerned about the background check because I had a couple speeding tickets a few years ago and I had a credit card sent to collections when I was in college doing my undergrad. That's it really. I have reasonable explainations for the credit card and it is now paid off. Is there anybody from TFD here that knows how stringent the dept. is about these kind of things? I understand the whole "there will be a hundred others with perfect records" argument but I also have some credentials that very few others have. Just trying to figure out how worried I should be about the background investigation. Thanks

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            • #81
              Originally posted by Dirty Axe View Post
              ............. it may be a couple years before hearing anything depending on list placement.
              Not according to Flipper (who is at TFD). You can see his comment on page 3 of this thread. TFD wants one class before end of the year.

              Also according to Flipper (from 2007 thread), "Hiring is not in strict order of placement..."

              (Does ANYBODY read the prior posts before they make comments? C'mon guys alot of this info is already posted???)

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              • #82
                Originally posted by Pasha6568 View Post
                Not according to Flipper (who is at TFD). You can see his comment on page 3 of this thread. TFD wants one class before end of the year.

                Also according to Flipper (from 2007 thread), "Hiring is not in strict order of placement..."

                (Does ANYBODY read the prior posts before they make comments? C'mon guys alot of this info is already posted???)
                I read that, thanks. But it's likely over the next three years they'll make more than one academy out of this list, so if you don't get in right away (the "before the end of the year" one) it could be awhile before you move to the next step.

                Does ANYBODY think beyond the literal tense of what is written before they reply? C'mon...

                I'm just flipping you crap, I know what you're saying. That said, I wasn't insinuating the first to be called. I'm just saying, this list lasts awhile, and it could be quite some time before certain people hear something

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                • #83
                  NP. Intensity is probably the product of vague process definition for recruitment. Thanks for shaking me up so I don't take myself so seriously.

                  BTW, I have to agree with KHawke about confusing e-mail and lack of clear communication of how the process (banding/selection) works.
                  Last edited by Pasha6568; 05-25-2011, 06:16 PM.

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                  • #84
                    I'm just picturing the poor candidates out there, the ones not reading this thread, telling their families and friends "Wow! I'm ranked #11! My dream is finally coming true!" because that is exactly what the e-mail indicates. It does not say ANYTHING about "bands". Bands have never been mentioned.
                    Last edited by KHawke; 05-25-2011, 11:51 PM.

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                    • #85
                      OK I got a clear answer from Tacoma HR, here it is...

                      "Greetings,

                      Thank you for your question. Perhaps this will clarify the meaning of your score and rank. Your score is the percentage of questions that you got correct. There were a total of 80 questions and 70% was required to pass. Your rank is your rank on the eligibility list. Candidates with tie scores share ranks, so there may be more than one person in a rank if more than one person got the same score on the written exam. The eligible list contains 712 candidates in 30 ranks.

                      The Tacoma Fire Department fills vacancies in compliance with the Tacoma Municipal Code Chapter 1.24. Human Resources “certifies” the Tacoma Fire Department all of the candidates in the top 10 ranks for the first vacancy, and an additional rank for each additional vacancy. So, if the Tacoma Fire Department hires 1 candidate, they must be from the top 10 ranks. If they hire 10 candidates, they must be from the top 19 ranks, etc."

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                      • #86
                        Trying to stay with the thread, apologize if I miss something.
                        The banding system was covered by human resources, I think.
                        There are many people with a score of 95, so they are all in the same band. Otherwise, they would be tied, and then ranked by what? Date they turned in their application? Alphabetical? So they make them all the same rank at that score.
                        How many people are in each band is known to very few folks.
                        As explained by HR in that email, the FD will ask the City for permission to hire X people, and HR will give them the amount of bands required for the Orals.
                        TFD looks at the whole candidate, so credit, past work, bi-lingual, etc, all is evaluated to see who best meets the needs of the dept. Therefore, people in band 18 might be hired over people in band 1.
                        Most important is to score high enough to get invited to the Orals- then, it's up to you to sell yourself.
                        No one EVER knows how many will be hired, often right up until the day before the hiring. The budget is very fluid, so don't listen to anyone that says they heard X amount will be hired.

                        The practice PAT's are coming in mid-June, so figure the real PAT's will be this summer. Usually Orals will be 1 month or so after that.
                        The physical is serious, get ready.

                        We lost 3 recruits so far at the Academy.

                        Good Luck

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                        • #87
                          I received a letter inviting me to take practice PAT June 11 or 25th! I am on ranked in the 10 th band! Just wanted to see how many of the band were invited! If anyone received one as well, what rank?!

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                          • #88
                            Got my invite by mail today, too (postmarked 6/1). Same days as above (9am-noon); Band 9.

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                            • #89
                              I'm looking at the 12th and/or 26th. From what I have heard the top 20 bands.
                              Last edited by nwavant; 06-03-2011, 09:57 AM. Reason: Adding more info

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                              • #90
                                Did these invites come in the mail or via email?

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