Have you heard any rumors about the process?
Have you heard any rumors about the process?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!!!
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!
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. =)
I am just hoping that we will be able to keep our rankings and not re-do the written exam.
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.
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.
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.
I do realize that it is not guaranteed info but at least it is positive rumors this time and appreciate the replies flipper123.
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.
I have a friend on the department and he told me that rumors are that a class next year could be in the works. Like all of you we will just have to wait and see I guess.
What is LEOOF 2 Flipper?
It's the retirement system for Wa State FF.
There is a change under way to the medical benefits for retiring members, which will (most likely) result in an increase in members retiring.
So that (may) result in more job openings.
I know guys, I feel your pain.
Hello, I applied in 2008, passed written, passed PAT & was given a letter stating that I was in the "hiring pool" awaiting Oral Board date when received a letter on Feb. 19th 2009 stating that the "state funds were frozen" and that there was to be no class/training for 2009. Through rumor mill, heard that possible 20-30 were to retire, opening spaces for 50-60 new hires. Has anyone heard the same? And, if so, what does this timeline look like and will they go back to this last testing (from 2008), and start there? Or, will those in this previous hiring pool have to start from scratch? Does anyone also know if they are using the 9th edition test manual if they redo the testing process? I tremendously appreciate any info/insight regarding this matter. Many thanks, John Kamas
These are all great questions jkintac77. We have the same questions, it sounds as though there will be another year with out hiring. However it is always subject to change. The city budget is still way down and there has been some restructuring. So, hang in there budy it's a great department.