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  • Originally posted by ffxfyrftr View Post
    According to a previous email from the Fire Chief, #141 is slated to begin Sept. 19th.
    I have not heard otherwise. (I'm in this class)

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    • Just FYI, The 141st did begin on the 19th of September.

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      • I see that the process is open again for Firefighter/EMT until January. I'm doing a little research and I had some questions. This is for the experienced guys who work in the County: I know that the workload is mainly EMS (which is fine), but how often do you get to work a structural fire? I know that there are many variables such as which area you're stationed in and so on, but I just want to get a general feel for what to expect if hired. Would you say you see a couple of fires per month or so? I'm just looking for answers from recent personal experience. (I know it may be different for Medics, but just wondering about Firefighter/EMT as advertised on the recruitment website.) My second question is about vacation: How does it work? I know you start with 13 days. Is it purely based on your station's seniority? I would also like an answer from personal experience.

        Thank you very much in advance and good luck to everyone.

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        • Originally posted by e_a View Post
          I see that the process is open again for Firefighter/EMT until January. I'm doing a little research and I had some questions. This is for the experienced guys who work in the County: I know that the workload is mainly EMS (which is fine), but how often do you get to work a structural fire? I know that there are many variables such as which area you're stationed in and so on, but I just want to get a general feel for what to expect if hired. Would you say you see a couple of fires per month or so? I'm just looking for answers from recent personal experience. (I know it may be different for Medics, but just wondering about Firefighter/EMT as advertised on the recruitment website.) My second question is about vacation: How does it work? I know you start with 13 days. Is it purely based on your station's seniority? I would also like an answer from personal experience.

          Thank you very much in advance and good luck to everyone.
          Not with FFX, but being a volunteer FF in the same Common Operational Group I feel like I can answer the first one at least anecdotally. Fairfax is a huge county so number one it's going to vary on the first due, but at least county wide there's several dozen fire incidents a month, most of those probably are vehicle accidents or miscellaneous calls. Box alarms, well, different story. I'd say maybe once or twice a month but again that depends on what station you're looking at for reference and what shift, as far as who works them.

          As far as the question about vacation is concerned I obviously can't address that.

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          • Originally posted by e_a View Post
            I see that the process is open again for Firefighter/EMT until January. I'm doing a little research and I had some questions. This is for the experienced guys who work in the County: I know that the workload is mainly EMS (which is fine), but how often do you get to work a structural fire? I know that there are many variables such as which area you're stationed in and so on, but I just want to get a general feel for what to expect if hired. Would you say you see a couple of fires per month or so? I'm just looking for answers from recent personal experience. (I know it may be different for Medics, but just wondering about Firefighter/EMT as advertised on the recruitment website.) My second question is about vacation: How does it work? I know you start with 13 days. Is it purely based on your station's seniority? I would also like an answer from personal experience.

            Thank you very much in advance and good luck to everyone.
            Drop me a message and i'll answer any questions you may have.

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            • Originally posted by e_a View Post
              I see that the process is open again for Firefighter/EMT until January. I'm doing a little research and I had some questions. This is for the experienced guys who work in the County: I know that the workload is mainly EMS (which is fine), but how often do you get to work a structural fire? I know that there are many variables such as which area you're stationed in and so on, but I just want to get a general feel for what to expect if hired. Would you say you see a couple of fires per month or so? I'm just looking for answers from recent personal experience. (I know it may be different for Medics, but just wondering about Firefighter/EMT as advertised on the recruitment website.) My second question is about vacation: How does it work? I know you start with 13 days. Is it purely based on your station's seniority? I would also like an answer from personal experience.

              Thank you very much in advance and good luck to everyone.
              Have you applied to the current opening? I recently did and am wondering if there are any details on upcoming CPAT exams. Thanks!

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              • Originally posted by jakelley View Post

                Have you applied to the current opening? I recently did and am wondering if there are any details on upcoming CPAT exams. Thanks!
                Yes, I applied. I just sent out my PHS last week. No word on the CPAT or anything yet. I expect a lengthy process and this is just the beginning so I'm trying not to get ahead of myself

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                • Finished the psych for FFX this past Friday. Should I expect a panel interview to close out the application process, or will it be a chief's interview?

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                  • Originally posted by VAvol703 View Post
                    Finished the psych for FFX this past Friday. Should I expect a panel interview to close out the application process, or will it be a chief's interview?
                    As far as I know there is no panel or chief's interview. I remember them saying once that the 'interview' was how you act and present yourself to the personnel you meet throughout the process. At this point you will receive a letter stating you have completed the process, and that you will remain on the eligibility list for two years, in which you may or may not be selected. It's still early, so you could get pulled for February's class.

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                    • Originally posted by Co5volunteer View Post

                      As far as I know there is no panel or chief's interview. I remember them saying once that the 'interview' was how you act and present yourself to the personnel you meet throughout the process. At this point you will receive a letter stating you have completed the process, and that you will remain on the eligibility list for two years, in which you may or may not be selected. It's still early, so you could get pulled for February's class.
                      That's good, not expecting to be snapped up any time soon as I am not a vet nor a medic, but at least just knowing I have nothing else to wait on before I'm done is nice. What kind of timeframe is it between last step and receiving the letter? A week? Two weeks?

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                      • Originally posted by VAvol703 View Post

                        That's good, not expecting to be snapped up any time soon as I am not a vet nor a medic, but at least just knowing I have nothing else to wait on before I'm done is nice. What kind of timeframe is it between last step and receiving the letter? A week? Two weeks?
                        You never know. Alot is based on need, but no one really knows how they make their decisions. Some people have finished the process and gotten selected a few months later. Others have waited the entire two years before getting selected, experience or not. I've gone the entire two years before and not been selected and had to reapply. I got my letter in about 1 and a half-2 weeks.
                        Last edited by Co5volunteer; 11-14-2016, 11:01 AM.

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                        • As far as working fires, this is a suburban fire department so working fires are few and far between. Some battalions are busier than others. 6th battalion has had 3-4 working fires this month so far.

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                          • Thanks for responding.
                            Last edited by e_a; 12-15-2016, 11:17 AM.

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                            • There might be a hiring freeze due to the overtime backpay lawsuit won by the captains. I know for sure that the current recruit class will not receive step increases until the budget "improves".

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                              • Originally posted by CountSnacula View Post
                                There might be a hiring freeze due to the overtime backpay lawsuit won by the captains. I know for sure that the current recruit class will not receive step increases until the budget "improves".
                                I'm sure everything will go back to normal once the county raises taxes again.

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