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  • Originally posted by 4bugsdad View Post
    edpmedic what kind of distance/pace are you guys doing now in the academy? Are they doing a lot of the crossfit style workouts?
    I believe one lap around the academy is about 0.6 miles. We started with two laps the first week, rather slow. The distance is supposed to increase one lap each week. The pace varies, depending on which staff member is leading the run. On the first run during week three, we did four laps, at about 5-5:15 per lap, just under a 10 min. mile. We were supposed to do five laps this week, but the group failed after four. My class has been running together after hours, and some improvement has been noted. The trainers haven't been giving us any crossfit style workouts, much to my suprise, although I think that some of them do follow crossfit on their own. Our runs, which are supposed to be biweekly, are punctuated with calisthenics, such as pushups, jumping jacks, mountain climbers, supermans, and various ab movements. One trainer subjected us to a post run burpee routine, which was long overdue, in my opinion. We did 10 burpees, short rest(10-20 seconds), 10 bodyweight squats, short rest, 9/9, 8/8, etc, down to 1/1. Unfortunately, the class, as a whole, was gassed, so the trainer stopped after 5/5. When we work in the gym, it's 45 secs. work, 30 secs. rest, while switching equipment, for about 30-40 minutes. One day, the Lt had us do 6-7 rounds, do a short run at a quicker pace, for four total cycles, I think. This would be a great conditioning session, if the class would do burpees, squats, pushups, cleans, thrusters, or something that will fatigue you greatly, instead of doing bicep curls, cable crossovers, or dumbbell bench presses for their 45 second intervals. If you do some of the crossfit wod's, have a strong torso, and can run one mile in under 8:00, the academy's pt program will be laughable. If you come in soft, the academy's pt program will beat you down severely. If you come in a a pre-hire medic, you'll have some buffer time. If you're coming in as a basic, it's game on, and it will be difficult to impossible to play catch up with your conditioning. The pt is easy for me, and it can be easy for you too, if you plan accordingly. Good luck!
    Last edited by edpmedic; 05-24-2008, 04:20 PM.
    "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those willing to work and give to those who are not." Thomas Jefferson

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    • Originally posted by dc5gurl View Post
      You can call recruiting & ask for Ms. Annie. She's the liason between candidates & the recruiting staff.
      ...she's a bit more than just a liason
      Eh?

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      • Great Info....Thanks!

        EPDMEDIC thank you for the great info. All you usually get is how hard it is with no real specifics so you cant really grade where I am to where I need to be. I am pretty excited though hearing your assesment. I am running 3 miles in under 28 minutes 3-4 times a week cycling 15 to 20 miles 3-4 times a week an I have started doing the P90x workout (my sister bought it and never cracked the box!)

        And so far as everyones comments go on Annie...she is amazing! the number of us that are calling/emailing her must be very overwhelming and yet her responce time is very, very fast.

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        • Originally posted by localva View Post
          ...she's a bit more than just a liason
          O rly? kidding! Then I guess it's a good thing that, according to a short conversation i'd had with Mr. Speier, that she's impressed with me. . . ?! K, back to the agonizing wait for a phone call.

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          • Originally posted by Kobersteen View Post
            Well, first of all, you need to find out WHY you were rejected. It may not be the poly at all. Whomever you were dealing with in recruitment, give them a buzz and ask why you were rejected. Don't get into it then, this is where the paper trail is important.

            Let me know by return e-mail to [email protected] what they tell you and I'll try to help you further.




            Do not quit. Anything worth having is worth fighting for.

            Hell, I appealed Houston Fire and won, DC EMS and won and Fairfax Fire and won.

            Good luck!
            Kobersteen. You're awesome. The appeal worked! I'm back in the process!

            This is so awesome. I can't wait to get my next appoinment (Psych) and hopefully get put on the list! I honestly believe that I "meant" to get in to this Fire Department...and I just look forward to the day when it's a reality.

            Thanks again, Kobersteen. I couldn't possibly thank you enough.

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            • By the way...

              How long should I expect it to take to receive an appoinment for the Psych exam? Does anyone here think that I could still be accepted for the August class?

              I know...pure speculation on your part

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                  • psych test

                    well DEVILDOG I got just finished my psych test last week, I was waiting for a long time, and it was the last step i needed to complete, so hopefully they've already added me to the upcoming list, if they havent called you yet then try calling recruting and ask for mrs annie, she might schedule you on the spot, anyway when you get to go just remember to be extroverted rather than an introverted person meaning you like to socialize rather than be by yourself, its a tedious test and you'll be interviewed by a psychologist at the end

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                    • Originally posted by CMCM49 View Post
                      Any word on the next class' start date? I couldnt find it in the earlier posts... thanks!
                      Supposedly Sept. 29.

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                      • The next recruit class is suppose to start around august 18th. The paramedics prehires have already started and when there finished with there als internship they with join the rest of the class in october when the suppression part of recruit school starts.

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                        • Originally posted by ALBO84 View Post
                          well DEVILDOG I got just finished my psych test last week, I was waiting for a long time, and it was the last step i needed to complete, so hopefully they've already added me to the upcoming list, if they havent called you yet then try calling recruting and ask for mrs annie, she might schedule you on the spot, anyway when you get to go just remember to be extroverted rather than an introverted person meaning you like to socialize rather than be by yourself, its a tedious test and you'll be interviewed by a psychologist at the end
                          Yeah, I've called but they've told me I'd have to wait as they're not scheduling anyone just yet. I'll call back next week.

                          My dad is a pyschologist, so I know what they're looking for. I'm an extrovert, anyway, so I don't think that I'll have any problems. I think I have a pretty decent head on my shoulders....

                          Anyway, I so want to get on that list. I've never wanted anything more than to be a Firefighter for Fairfax County. I just hope it all works out.

                          PS: Where is everyone anyway? This forum subject used to be crawling with people and now it seems pretty dead. What gives?
                          Last edited by xDevilDogx; 06-13-2008, 01:23 PM.

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                          • Originally posted by xDevilDogx View Post
                            Yeah, I've called but they've told me I'd have to wait as they're not scheduling anyone just yet. I'll call back next week.

                            My dad is a pyschologist, so I know what they're looking for. I'm an extrovert, anyway, so I don't think that I'll have any problems. I think I have a pretty decent head on my shoulders....

                            Anyway, I so want to get on that list. I've never wanted anything more than to be a Firefighter for Fairfax County. I just hope it all works out.

                            PS: Where is everyone anyway? This forum subject used to be crawling with people and now it seems pretty dead. What gives?
                            It's called most of the questions we have, have been answered by all of the folks who are either in the department, or are already going through the academy now.

                            I think the rest of us are patiently, or not so patiently, waiting for the next selection process. It'll be worth it, and even more satisfying to be able to put screen names with faces when they finally make the selections/ list for the next class!

                            Though, an update from the folks at the academy would be a good read. If any of you have the time to spare, that is!
                            Last edited by dc5gurl; 06-13-2008, 07:37 PM.

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                            • Well, the 126th has completed the first seven weeks of the academy, and we now begin our 16 week ALS field internship. At the present, we're clear to use the cpat training facility on tuesday evenings. My understanding is that those who are still in the selection process after the cpat are authorized to use the facility, as well. If anyone wants to train, let me know, and I'll come through.
                              "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those willing to work and give to those who are not." Thomas Jefferson

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                              • Originally posted by dc5gurl View Post
                                ...It'll be worth it, and even more satisfying to be able to put screen names with faces when they finally make the selections/ list for the next class!

                                Be careful what you ask for...
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