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    I am going to apply for the City of Ashtabula firefighter positon, does any one got any info on requirements or testing? any info will help thanks!

    Matt
    240/emt

  • #2
    i think you need your medic. the strange thing is that they tested last year. i dont know why they would be testing again.

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    • #3
      Yeah i just picked up the ap. Looks like you just need your 240. Written is on Dec. 16th, do you have any info on the dept? (is it busy?)


      matt
      240/emt

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      • #4
        ems is prob. pretty standard, i dont think they see a whole lot of fire.

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        • #5
          Ashtabula City FD provides First Responder details and firefighting response for Ashtabula City. EMS is provided by Community Care EMS (Private contractor).

          AFD is somewhat busy. They run a 6 man shift (Capt, Lt, & 4 FFs). Engine 1 gets 1 officer & 2 FFs, Ladder 1 gets the same.

          Fire call gets Engine 1 & Ladder 1.

          EMS First Responder gets Engine 1.

          If it's a working fire, they call dispatch (currently Ashtabula Twp FD, but, will be Saybrook Twp FD after 1-1-07) to 'fill out the first alarm' which will bring in an additional 1-2 engines and the chief, asst chief, etc....

          I live within walking distance of Station 1 (currently the only station they use). Station 2 (in the harbor) is up for sale, They currently house the county haz-mat truck there. Maybe the county will purchase it for the County Haz-Mat/Water Rescue Team vehicles.

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          • #6
            Currently we are at 1585 calls for the year with 62 structure fires. We run first responder on medical calls for Community Care who provides EMS. Our last test was in 2004. We are currently two people short so this will be a good list to be on. Good Luck to everyone.

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            • #7
              Does anybody know how many people dished out the $50.00 and actually showed up for the written? Seems like they could have recruited a bigger pool of applicants had they not required a months salary to fill out an application. Just curious.

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              • #8
                Saybrook Twp FD started dispatching for Ashtabula City FD I believe on Friday, the 29th. At least, that was the first time I heard Engine 1 call 'Fire Alarm' which is Saybrook Twp FD.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Firemedic515 View Post
                  Does anybody know how many people dished out the $50.00 and actually showed up for the written? Seems like they could have recruited a bigger pool of applicants had they not required a months salary to fill out an application. Just curious.
                  There were 39 people that were smart enough to show up for the test. We are currently two guys short and have four with 4 years in drop. I'd say that months pay was well invested.

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                  • #10
                    I took the test, just waiting for results . What does 4 year in drop mean?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by mteresczuk7 View Post
                      I took the test, just waiting for results . What does 4 year in drop mean?
                      Basically, 4 years in the drop means they already have 29 years on the job and could be leaving at any time.
                      Last edited by Firemedic515; 01-03-2007, 07:45 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by gcannon View Post
                        There were 39 people that were smart enough to show up for the test. We are currently two guys short and have four with 4 years in drop. I'd say that months pay was well invested.
                        Not a good investment for the 33 people that don't get hired. I could see $20-$25, but $50 is unreal. I understand it costs big bucks to put on a test, but if the city needs firefighters they should front the cost.

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                        • #13
                          so you don't think that a lottery ticket with a better than one in 39 chance of hitting is a bad investment?

                          You sound like someone that just doesn't have it figured out pal.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by gcannon View Post
                            so you don't think that a lottery ticket with a better than one in 39 chance of hitting is a bad investment?

                            You sound like someone that just doesn't have it figured out pal.
                            I'm not really one for gambling, and certainly would never purchase a 50 dollar lottery ticket.

                            Bottom line is the city of Ashtabula is taking advantage of their firefighter applicants because the job is in such high demand. They can charge $50 because they know people will pay it. That doesn't make it right though.

                            Contract negotiations must be rough if the city is that hard up for money.

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                            • #15
                              50 bucks

                              you only make 50 bucks a month? you should be looking for a new line of work then. mcdonalds pays like 8 bucks an hour. I think the reason for the 50 dollar fee is because the costs of the testing has gone up and the city doesn't want to lose money to give the test. in reality if you where to add up all of the money it costs a city to do all of the testing to hire new firefighters it will end up costing around 5 to 6 thousand dollars plus 3 thousand in equipment you are issued and that is before you can even work your first shift. so in my honest opinion 50 bucks isn't too much to ask. it also might ensure that people aren't just taking it to see how they do and not be serious about taking the job and remaining with the department. but on the plus side, volunteer departments are always looking for people.

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