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    I am a NREMT-P / 10 year DoD firefighter looking at moving around the DC area. I was wondering if a Fire/Medic from Fairfax would be able to donate a little bit of their time to help me get a better feel for the department and area over a private message. The recruiting office was a wonderful help, yet really can only tell me so much apart from having some one on one time with the men and women who work in ops to get a better sense of the day to day. Most of my questions are along the lines of continuing education opportunities, ALS protocols/ED facilities in the area, resources/equipment, community outreach, etc.

    Thank you

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    • Originally posted by Japanesezero View Post
      Same thing happened to me... Only they asked me focused questions at the end of my first one. Got the same card and if you remember anything line too... Just be honest and confident in your honesty and you will be fine.
      I wish they wouldn't do that crap. I was so sure that I failed the second poly, that I took an EMS job down south, broke my lease and had to go to court to avoid paying my slum lords (we won), only to get the succcessful completion letter a month or so after I moved down there (D'oh!). Accepting a job offer with Fairfax was a no-brainer, so I had to break another lease and eat a few grand. I could have just stayed in NYC, worked at my well paying hospital based NYC 911 EMS gig, and joined the 125th instead of the 126th (had a great time with the 126th, though, wouldn't trade it for anything!). I moved down south because it was the one time that my wife would be agreeable to leaving the city. I had to take a job, any job to get out, so I did it. All in all, between moving costs, the lower salary down south, and having to pay to break the lease, I figure that the polygraph administrator (or whatever they're called) cost me around 20 grand give or take, by feeding me that line, call me back, you're deceptive and we need an explanation, etc. etc. He actually cost me more, since I was making around 80k w/OT, and my wife was making 55k, with fairly cheap rent. Thanks detective! I'm fortunate to have passed the poly, and I'm thankful for that every day, but still.......
      "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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      • BTW, the CPAT is cancelled for 1/26. I saw the sign at the WelFit center. Call to confirm, of course.
        "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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        • Passed my CPAT today. I was the fourth to go just to get it over with and get a feel for the course with my eye balls. In that time period I saw 2 failures: One person went over time, and the other slipped off the step mill. It was my first time on the step mill...EVER. I got on and felt lopsided w/ the extra weight added and had to grasp the hand-rail during the first 20 seconds...but I told myself, I didn't just drive 5 hours to fail this test.

          Long story short...the Captain told me it will be several months before they start calling people for the next portion. I explained I will be attending Paramedic school and the Captain told me to let them know once I am enrolled.

          Now starts the waiting game. However, I feel a weight has been taken off of my shoulders with finishing this CPAT!

          Thank you all for your input.

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          • Are they done hiring people or are they still hiring people. I passed the CPAT back in October and still have not heard when i do the next step i email them and i got a response back in decmember saying they were still testing and i would do the next step in february and let me know in december. I sent another email and still havent got a email back. Has anyone heard anything or know whats going on please let me know.

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            • I would just give them a call. They should be able to tell you whats going on.

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              • Good luck to everyone.
                Last edited by Slikrthnu; 05-07-2011, 10:01 PM.

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                • Lets get this one back up and going. Who all is a medic, completed the process(with completion letter)and waiting to hear back about the next class?

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                  • I am a medic and pass the process back in april 2010 and still waiting. I know of two others same boat I am in. I would also like to know how many are in the pool.

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                    • I am a medic from pa and in the same boat hoping for some good news this fall.

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                      • Originally posted by Genesis1 View Post
                        Lets get this one back up and going. Who all is a medic, completed the process(with completion letter)and waiting to hear back about the next class?
                        Im in the same boat as well

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                        • When did you guys complete the process?

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                          • I did everything in one week in March of 2011.

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                            • Thats not two bad of a time line waiting there is a couple of us thats been waiting over year now. I hope we all get on this fall!

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                              • I am testing the second week of August. I just wonder how many medics are in the process?

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