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  • I told them I had green skin and was from Mars! Can't stand out more than that!
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    • Originally posted by agaudio
      Anyone taking the Dec. 16th test in a couple of weeks?
      Yeah, I am taking the written on the 16th. What test do they use? Anyone know?

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      • In your conformation letter you should have received information about the type of test.
        Reading, math, psych..basic stuff I imagine

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        • Originally posted by jamesct
          So I've been looking at the recent recruit classes trying to figure out who the county likes to hire. Who is the county after....educated (high test scores), young, experienced, ethnic, rough & tough??? The last recruit class photo I saw, for instance, looks fairly diverse but they certainly don't look like big beefy studs or tough gals...they look fairly wimpy....even a little geeky. When I look at other departments (large), their hires sort of fit the standard of what most of the public would expect (tough guys, GQ, muscular, meatheads, etc.). I know I'm gonna get ribbed for this but........when you look at the class pictures, it's confusing (granted by looks only). Go ahead...take your shots. But honestly who are they looking for???
          You can't always tell how someone is going to perform by how YOU think they look in a picture...Keep in mind that those geeky/wimpy people got hired, graduated, and are now in the field...and the people YOU will be working with...and depending on how long it takes you to accomplish that, the people you may be working FOR. Good luck in the process, and keep an open mind.
          Last edited by thelife; 12-08-2006, 10:31 PM.

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          • I agree!

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            • Originally posted by jamesct
              So I've been looking at the recent recruit classes trying to figure out who the county likes to hire. Who is the county after....educated (high test scores), young, experienced, ethnic, rough & tough??? The last recruit class photo I saw, for instance, looks fairly diverse but they certainly don't look like big beefy studs or tough gals...they look fairly wimpy....even a little geeky. When I look at other departments (large), their hires sort of fit the standard of what most of the public would expect (tough guys, GQ, muscular, meatheads, etc.). I know I'm gonna get ribbed for this but........when you look at the class pictures, it's confusing (granted by looks only). Go ahead...take your shots. But honestly who are they looking for???
              Photos don't always tell an accurate story. Firefighters are less and less "big and meatheaded" these days due to the high level of responsibility Firefighters now hold (rescue, medical, hazmat, etc). Also keep mind Fairfax requires their applicants to go through a six hour psychological review and examination, a 2-3 hour background check and polygraph with a police officer, and a 2 hour medical examination. Those "wimpy" Firefighters went through a lot to become a Fairfax County Firefighter. Another thing to keep in mind when you look at them...they have the career you want so I'd show a little more respect.
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              • Train from NY to VA

                I plan on taking Amtrak from NY this Friday for the test on Saturday. Does anyone know of any particular station that is close to the testing site? Thank you.

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                • Originally posted by agaudio
                  I plan on taking Amtrak from NY this Friday for the test on Saturday. Does anyone know of any particular station that is close to the testing site? Thank you.
                  This is a list of all fire stations:

                  http://www.fairfaxfirefighters.org/F...on_Contact.htm

                  Good luck on your exam!
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                  • Originally posted by agaudio
                    I plan on taking Amtrak from NY this Friday for the test on Saturday. Does anyone know of any particular station that is close to the testing site? Thank you.

                    The written or CPAT testing site? Station 40 is actually not too far from both.

                    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=e...,0.058923&om=1

                    Good luck!
                    Member IACOJ - Building crust and full of lust...

                    "It's okay to to scared, just don't be chicken." - Clark

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                    • Thank you, both! Looking foward to beginning this process.

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                      • Class 121 started today. I met plenty of great personalities today and look forward to knowing them for the rest of my career!! Thanks, Jay

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                        • just a test...

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                          • Jay... I did get your PM, but every time I tried to answer, it wouldn't let me. You should have grabbed me yesterday after my talk.

                            We will see you guys on Friday!
                            Member IACOJ - Building crust and full of lust...

                            "It's okay to to scared, just don't be chicken." - Clark

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                            • good luck

                              whoever is taking the test this saturday, good luck!

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                              • Thank you very much. I'll be there Saturday. Also, where is a cheap area to stay overnight in near the testing center. I'm driving from NJ so as long as its only like a 20-30 min drive thats fine. Any help is appreciated.

                                Also, how many people do they anticpate on taking this test?

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