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  • For how many people test for this department I have heard not many make it through the process due to failing the polygraph or just drop out of the process due to it taking to long. EMT's in my class were on the list for 2-3 years.

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    • I just submitted my app last night

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      • Firefighter/Medic

        Anyone know if the process for medics is still fast tracked? I know it was years ago, but I was told by a buddy recently that's it's not that quick anymore.

        Any info would be appreciated.

        Thanks.
        Last edited by Justwin91; 09-10-2015, 09:19 PM.

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        • Medics aren't necessarily fast-tracked anymore. However, medics are able to apply year-round, which makes it seem like the process goes faster. It might go a little faster, but not significantly. Overall, the medic cert is still a preferred qualification and will give you an edge.

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          • Plan on a year at the minimum for the entire process.

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            • Just waiting on a date for my poly.

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              • How long have you been waiting? I did the medical in February, didn't get my poly until the end of July.
                Last edited by Co5volunteer; 09-21-2015, 01:38 PM.

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                • Turned in my CPAT letter at the beginning of August and no movement so far. Not that that's unexpected.

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                  • Could someone from the dept. give an insight to the academy for a fire/medic?

                    I have heard the first part of the academy is going through an EMS academy and then a 9 month internship, before going through suppression academy? is this true?

                    Typically how does the process work for medics from the day you start, to the day you are in the field as a medic again?

                    Thanks

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                    • Originally posted by Co5volunteer View Post
                      How long have you been waiting? I did the medical in February, didn't get my poly until the end of July.
                      I did my medical in june of this year. And I did my CPAT in January.

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                      • Originally posted by txfire321 View Post
                        Could someone from the dept. give an insight to the academy for a fire/medic?

                        I have heard the first part of the academy is going through an EMS academy and then a 9 month internship, before going through suppression academy? is this true?

                        Typically how does the process work for medics from the day you start, to the day you are in the field as a medic again?

                        Thanks
                        As a medic in the academy for the first 6 weeks you are separated from the EMT recruits. You go over protocols and run scenarios all day. You are not tested on anything, they just get you up to speed on the Fairfax way. Then you join back up with the EMT recruits for suppression school for the remainder of the academy.

                        After graduation you ride the right bucket for a month, you are not acting as a medic you can only do BLS skills.

                        After the month you start the ALS internship for 4 months. First 2 months you are 3rd on the medic unit, then you go to minimum staffing and you are the driver for 2 months.

                        After the internship you go back on the engine in the left bucket as the engine medic for about 5 months. Then once you are cleared as a lead medic you will rotate between the engine and medic.

                        It's a long process, I'm right in the middle of it right now...

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                        • So does anybody know how many people they put into the class that started this week

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                          • Originally posted by blachatch View Post
                            As a medic in the academy for the first 6 weeks you are separated from the EMT recruits. You go over protocols and run scenarios all day. You are not tested on anything, they just get you up to speed on the Fairfax way. Then you join back up with the EMT recruits for suppression school for the remainder of the academy.

                            After graduation you ride the right bucket for a month, you are not acting as a medic you can only do BLS skills.

                            After the month you start the ALS internship for 4 months. First 2 months you are 3rd on the medic unit, then you go to minimum staffing and you are the driver for 2 months.

                            After the internship you go back on the engine in the left bucket as the engine medic for about 5 months. Then once you are cleared as a lead medic you will rotate between the engine and medic.

                            It's a long process, I'm right in the middle of it right now...
                            So when you say right bucket, do you mean the engine? Or do you not right the engine until you finish your internship?

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                            • The first month out of the academy is in the right bucket of the engine BLS skills only. The first month is to get used to station life, start to learn your first due.

                              Then you are on the medic unit for the ALS internship.

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                              • Originally posted by blachatch View Post
                                The first month out of the academy is in the right bucket of the engine BLS skills only. The first month is to get used to station life, start to learn your first due.

                                Then you are on the medic unit for the ALS internship.
                                How long till you can ride a truck?

                                How about a Rescue Squad?

                                I'm finished with the process. Just a waiting game now.

                                What is the deal if you have certifications coming in. Such as your hazmat certs and your swift water cert

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