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    My current ffI II certs are about to expire in Apr. of 2011. Need to recertify in Ocala, because its already too late for me to become a volumteer. Just wanted to know about different experiences or information pertaining to the recertification process. Having been out of the academy for three yrs, i am concerned my skill level will not be sufficient to be successful on test day. if anyone has taken the refresher courseor know of anyone who has, please shed some light on the matter.......thanks

  • #2
    Originally posted by drod17 View Post
    My current ffI II certs are about to expire in Apr. of 2011. Need to recertify in Ocala, because its already too late for me to become a volumteer. Just wanted to know about different experiences or information pertaining to the recertification process. Having been out of the academy for three yrs, i am concerned my skill level will not be sufficient to be successful on test day. if anyone has taken the refresher courseor know of anyone who has, please shed some light on the matter.......thanks
    I completed my minimum standards back in may 2006, haven't been employed til just recently. Prior to being hired I had to take the re-cert in ocala just last July. The only test they require you to take is the practical (big 3). I took the 3 day refresher course in ocala which if i remember correctly it was $175 and $15/day for room and board. The web site to go to is "floridafireprograms.com." The dorms are actually pretty nice. I highly recommend taking the refresher course if your not confident. Not to mention, the plus side about taking the refresher course is your actual test date is scheduled i believe a few days after you take the refresher, so you won't lose any mental training and the instructors are great, they spend a lot of time with you until you get it right. I remember at test day, their were only two that didn't take the refresher on test day and one of the guys that didn't take the refresher left after his first evolution of the big 3 because he screwed up pretty bad. Again, I highly recommend the refresher course, you go into the practical exam with great confidence, good luck to ya!

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    • #3
      big three? just scba,hose pull and ladder, no elements (fireground skills)fighting fire from ladder,knots ect..thank for the quick reply..

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      • #4
        I've heard the exact same thing from someone who took the refresher.

        There are several days of practice. On test day you do the exact same skills, with the exact same equipment and instructors, except this time you are being graded.

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        • #5
          Another plus to taking the refresher course is that you do everything in the same exact spot on test day....so there are no surprises of the course set-up. The instructors also tell you the particulars that the fire marshals look for and what not to do as extra info. You know how strict they can get. Again, good luck!!

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          • #6
            Make sure you sign up for the refresher course AND sign up with the state to take the recertification exam. They are two separate organizations, applications, fees, etc.

            When I retested a few years ago, I met and hung out with a guy that flew in from California to challenge Florida's FFII. We took the refresher, and the morning of the test he was told to leave because he wasn't on the tester's roster. An expensive mistake for him.
            ...at this time.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by utilitycow View Post
              Make sure you sign up for the refresher course AND sign up with the state to take the recertification exam. They are two separate organizations, applications, fees, etc.

              When I retested a few years ago, I met and hung out with a guy that flew in from California to challenge Florida's FFII. We took the refresher, and the morning of the test he was told to leave because he wasn't on the tester's roster. An expensive mistake for him.
              How did he fly in to challenge Florida certs? Florida does not allow challenging...

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              • #8
                Originally posted by jmznshana View Post
                How did he fly in to challenge Florida certs? Florida does not allow challenging...
                Florida accepts some other certifications as equivalent to taking the Florida fire class, but you still have to take the Florida state test. They consider the specific curriculum and hours. There was the guy from California and a guy working as a structural firefighter for the Air Force that was being discharged soon. The Air Force guy finished and is certified as a FFII in Florida now. The guy from Cali just hauled *** without saying goodbye, so I have no idea what happened to him.
                You'd probably have to call the state to see who's certifications they accept because I've never seen a list online.
                ...at this time.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by FireFuss
                  All I did was type in Florida Bureau of Fire Stan...... in google. I got the link, and found this page.
                  Thanks, Fuss. Guess I could have done that but was a little lazy.
                  ...at this time.

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                  • #10
                    Miami to Ocala??

                    Is anybody from the Miami area headed to Ocala for the upcoming Fire Fighter II Retention and Exam next week??

                    I am registered with confirmation but we are a one car family and I need a ride up to Ocala.

                    I am willing to pay for gas if I could hitch a ride?

                    Mike Sica
                    954 557 9806

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                    • #11
                      Did any of you end up doing the Re-Cert? I plan on going in May to do it and was wondering if it was changed again. Someone was telling me that its completely different from the Triple/Big 3 now.

                      Is it still the standard triple/big 3?

                      - don SCBA
                      - advance hoseline
                      - knock over cones
                      - raise ladder

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by HatchetHarry View Post
                        Did any of you end up doing the Re-Cert? I plan on going in May to do it and was wondering if it was changed again. Someone was telling me that its completely different from the Triple/Big 3 now.

                        Is it still the standard triple/big 3?

                        - don SCBA
                        - advance hoseline
                        - knock over cones
                        - raise ladder
                        Take the class and you'll have everything you need to pass.
                        ...at this time.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by utilitycow View Post
                          Take the class and you'll have everything you need to pass.
                          Yea I definitely plan on taking it but I'm just curious if its different now

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by HatchetHarry View Post
                            Yea I definitely plan on taking it but I'm just curious if its different now
                            Yes take the refresher! The instructors however did talk about the retention practical changing this year. When? I couldn't tell you. I can tell you that it involved starting with yourself in your your standard fire academy uniform, the tester starts the time, you jump into full bunker gear, go into the rear cab to don your scba, unhook and jump out of the cab, the instructor will probably then stop time and tell you orders (it could be entry into a maze, deploying a hoseline then going up a ladder, forcible entry etc.) Again this was what I heard the instructors at the FL. St. Fire Academy talking about regarding a possible change in the practical.

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                            • #15
                              Sorry to bring up an old post but has anyone recently taken the recertification test this year? Has anything changed from the Big 3? Does the recertification have to be done before your certs expire or can I do them right after expiration? Thanks for any info.

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