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    Flipper 123 I have a question. If someone were to be ranked in the top 5 and they passes the PAT; however, on the background questionnaire their financial background is less than desirable, how likely is one to get an interview out of the process?

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    The candidates are "ranked" in "bands", so there may be 1, or 20, or whatever, people in each "band". Being ranked #5 is awesome, but you really don't know how many people are ranked above you.


    Background stuff is always an issue. Bottom line is, other than felonies or major crap like that, they will hire anyone that impresses the mat the oral board. Having credit challenges in the past is something you should deal with, try to make it better, and explain what happened.
    But don't be thinking it will be an auto-dq.

    Good Luck!!!

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    I think we all appreciate you taking the time to answer some questions flipper123. The one I have is that I have heard rumors that because of how poorly many Tacoma firefighters 401 K's where doing that there would be a far less significant number of people retiring this year and that they might in fact pospone the Feb. Academy. Just wondering if you have heard anything about orals being scheduled yet for sure this year or if it is still up in the air. I would assume we would expect to hear something in the next few weeks if they were to have them in Nov. or Dec. Any info you have reguarding these areas in appreciated.

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    Chawk12 I hope that is not the case. I really want the opportunity to work for a great city. I thought Tacoma fire department had pensions after 20-25 years of service?

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    FF pensions in Washington are state-run. Members and cities contribute, but the state also contributes, and manages them. You have to be 53 to retire, or you will take a hit for each year younger than 53 you are. Retirement benefits are calculated at 2% for each year of service, with no cap, based on the average of your highest consecutive 60 months.

    Clear as mud right? Good luck.

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    [QUOTE=flipper123;999455
    We work 24on/48off, 24on/96off. Only 2 or 3 depts in WA work this schedule, usually the larger ones (ie TFD,Seattle and Everett).
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    There are a number of other 4-platoon variants, but they all work out to the same hours more or less, depending on debit days. The only one that has no DD's is Everett, works out to be a 42-hr week. The others usually fall in in the 45-46 hr week.

    Sno 7 and Sno 1 work a 24on/24off/24on/120 off, then repeat.
    Spokane works a straight 24/72.

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    The one I have is that I have heard rumors that because of how poorly many Tacoma firefighters 401 K's where doing that there would be a far less significant number of people retiring this year and that they might in fact pospone the Feb.
    I would think that TFD pensions are doing about the same as every other firefighter's 401 is doing- pretty lousy!
    We never know what the class size will be until we get the final go-ahead from the City Manager. There's always a chance they will not hire immediately from the list.
    I hear Seattle did the same thing recently, something about budget cuts or no $$$ to hire.

    There are a number of other 4-platoon variants, but they all work out to the same hours more or less, depending on debit days. The only one that has no DD's is Everett, works out to be a 42-hr week. The others usually fall in in the 45-46 hr week.
    The age -old "who gets paid most/works the least" discussion is never ending
    TFD works 46.6 hrs per week.
    It's very hard to figure out who really gets paid more or less, there are so many variables in contracts, like med/dental, days off, uniform allowance. etc.
    Bottom line is any career ff in Wa State is doing pretty well compared nationally.
    Do you work for Seattle, SFD1992?

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    Has anyone received a call for scheduling their oral board?

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    Haven't received anything yet piphill. I'll post as soon as I do. Be safe over there.

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    Default Hey Flipper

    Have you heard anything as to why oral boards aren't being scheduled as they were last year about this time? Just wondering if there has been an offical postponement of the process.

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    Default Hey piphill

    Have you heard any rumors about the process?

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    Chawk12,
    I have not heard a thing so far but I did see a blog from Samuel Hill online about his testing experience last year and he received a call for his oral November 21 with the oral interview scheduled December 19th. Lets hope this week we will hear something. Regardless if I hear anything, I will be home December 9th for the holidays. Happy Holidays to you and wish you all the best of luck in this process. Keep in touch if you hear anything for the orals.

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    I just heard from a friend of mine who is a Medic for Tacoma that they won't be doing any hiring in 2009 due to budget cuts. It still remains to be seen if they will extend the current list to two years or retest entirely.

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    Chawk12,
    That is not good news at all but would explain why we have not been notified about taking the oral board. I hope they do not make us re-test because my ranking is pretty good and it would be waste if it does not count.

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    Hey guys,

    I have been checking the thread with great interest also over the past few months. I made it through the written with a good score, but had to opt out due to circumstances beyond my control. I'm still in the pool, but we'll see if they still use us.

    I just heard from a a very reputable source, that TFD is in fact under a hiring freeze for 2009 (as of the posting of this reply). That could always change, and I'm bummed for sure, but in a way I'm happy I didn't waste the extra air fare for the physical just to be in the same spot.

    Good luck to you all and keep us posted!

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    Anyone heard anything new on the TFD front? I myself have not other than the hiring freeze continues. The folks I know there haven't heard anything new lately. Take care and good luck!

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    Flipper do you know if Tacoma will be interviewing this winter and have a class for 2010? I was taking my CPAT for public safety in June and one of the proctors was a Tacoma firefighter and he informed me that the next recruit class will not be until 2011 but will be a large class. I was piphill but forgot my login info and cannot reset my password so created a new account. Thanks for the info!!!

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    As always, check the City website for official word
    Seeing as I in no way represent TFD, I can only offer rumours. (I'm actually an unemployed garbage collector).
    Rumours aren't looking great.
    With the possibility of new Initiatives passing, thereby cutting City budgets by ~15%, hiring will be tough. Make sure and vote intelligently!
    2011 seems far away, but since the process takes a year, it's not that far away really.
    I would hope to be hearing something positive in the next 12 months.

    Good Luck to all!

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    Thanks for the information flipper. It does seem like a long ways off, but I know it will also be here before we know it. I'll keep my feelers out there also and will post any new information I hear as the months drag on. =)

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    I am just hoping that we will be able to keep our rankings and not re-do the written exam.

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    The City would probably love to save the $$$ and not redo the whole test, but the rules for these tests are usually pretty clear in terms of how long they can keep a list active.
    Most likely they will redo the whole process.

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    Well I'll be heading back to T-Town for Christmas this year. So I will put my feelers out there while I am back and see if I can dig up anything new about the situation.

    I'll post if I get anything.

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    now that I-1033 has failed, things may be looking better.
    Rumour mill is back in service, now hearing of possible class of 20 in 2010. With expected retirements due to new LEOFF 2 changes, could be more.
    As always, I do not represent TFD in any manner.

    Make sure all contact info is up to date, and be in shape.

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    I do realize that it is not guaranteed info but at least it is positive rumors this time and appreciate the replies flipper123.

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    Yes thanks for the updates. I still have only heard the same old info: budget issues, don't know how many are retiring, etc. etc. Have a fam member on the dept and like I said earlier, I will be back in T-Town for Christmas. Whatever I hear I'll send your way.

    Take care.

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