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    I am on the list to start testing soon for this department. I am wondering if anyone knows the employment process including whats on the written/agility test.

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    A year ago, I got a hiring packet from them. From what I can recall, the written exam covers Fire essentials and EMS. Fire practicals I believe is similar to fire combat challenge and EMS.

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    if it is the same as when i was hired there is a written of about 100 questions(i think) based on the essentials book. I cant remeber if there was EMS questions on it kinda like a 50/50 test Then you will have an ems practical consisting of 4-6 stations consisting of Pt imobilization, Assessment, Airway, and traction splinting. The agility is a combat challenge: High rise pack up 4 flights, hose hoist, keiser sled, hose pull, and dummy drag. Interview is a 4 person panel.

    Now this is what i had to go through Oct 2006....i started in april of 2007 in the 2nd class off the list.....I am not sure if anything has changed since then......i recently went by the training office to pick up my books for the county sponsored medic program and i noticed some info on the board there. They had a start date of jan '09. also i noticed a note on a new hire maze...not sure if thats a maze for class or for testing......if i remember correctly the last testing process was done at the Cent FL fire academy.....thats the best i got for ya....good luck

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    Yeah, if you noticed a note with regard to a maze, and it is up in Central Florida Academy, you are correct. I work for a different Fire Department but I had to go through it during my orientation after being hired.

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    Any news on the process with Osceola? I haven't heard from them and they don't answer questions on the phone because its all electronic application stuff. I like the old days where you can follow up and be aggressive, nowadays you can't in most places.

    Anyhow, if anyone knows any info on whats going on and how many applicants and how many positions are open that would be helpful.

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    all i know is they closed the process once they reached 200 applicants for 20 something jobs....for some reason they just opened it back up last week with a closing date of Nov 6th......all i have heard is the start date is supposed to be early Jan......i would assume they will be doing the process quickly like they did this last time.....i did hear we had 18 medics apply....which is great for us and engine time......We havent received any notifications of standby opportunities for the physical......keep your hopes up....i would assume you will be contacted soon after this application deadline closes......oh and did anyone that applied get anything about writing an essay? heard that yesterday at lunch
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    Standby for physicals? What do you mean? As far as an essay, I had to write a brief one when I submitted my application and that was it. Is that the one? 200 applicants for 20 positions? Dang! Thats a bunch heh.

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    I also applied for this position as an EMT. Not quite sure what to expect but am planning on Essentials Fire and Brady EMS material to study. We'll see, good luck to all you guys.

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    standbys as in EMS standby for the tests.....but if its at the academy we probably wont get offered then since htey are in a different county and legally i bet they couldnt do that......not sure though....cuz we get rehab standbys offered to us for orientation training.........and it was mentioned today that 19 medics have applied and i know that they we get snagged first as long as everything is kisher with testing and backgrounds.....of course last time we had 14 and only 2 accepted.......would be great for medic engine time.....i dont know what to advise you on for the tests besides what i said earlier since it seems like it has changed quite a bit since i tested 2 years ago.....but i talked to my rookie and he said he had to do a standard combat challenge at the academy for the agility test....not sure what he did for the written or practical....my LT mentioned a start date of jan 12th....not sure the truth to that......good luck to all of you

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    dang 14 medics and only 2 accepted? That is a very small passing rate. Hmm I wonder what the set back was.

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    i dont remember all the reasons...i believe some took other offers....but i doubt it was all testing.....i would think the only test that may be difficult would have been the agility if someone is out of shape....both medics that did accept were from other depts......as long as they pass all tests and BG checks they would get offers first......the word i overheard was that there were 19 ELIGIBLE to be hired...not sure how to take that but take it as you will

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    Oh ok, well the deadline has passed and I am hoping to hear from them soon. Also I have a question about their medic pay. I see on the posting, you get paid EMT pay until you are out of provisionals. How long does it take to get out of provisionals and once your done, do they back pay you for the time you were not paid as a medic? I am just curious.

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    Just curious of how long did it take you guys that are already hired to get through the process? Also what order does the hiring process take place? For instance written test, BG, etc.... I submitted my app. in time and am waiting on a response. Thanks to all you guys that are passing on info for us new guys.

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    what you are reffering to is precepting.......your paramedic incentive is $7500 a year on top of your base pay.....so as a firefighter you make 36k or os plus the 7500....once you are eligible and are promotoed to engineer you make X amount of dollars plus the 7500 medic incentive.......precepting works like this.....if you arent put on the engine for a few shifts then you will start as the EMT on the box....you will, when your hired, recieve 1/2 your incentive hourly....i forget the exact hourly amount but say your incentive is $2 and hour you would recieve $1 an hour incentive while your precepting.....as soon as your done you will recieve the other half.....precepting is normally about 20 shifts or so.....i know some people were released earlier but i am not ure if they are doing that anymore....i believe they are requiring the 20 shifts now......once completing precepting you will be assigned to a station and be there for a year.....once you are off probation you will be reassigned as a floater until someone comes along and kicks you out of floating once they are off there probation.....which will be someone like me.....if you get hired you will be a released medic when i am starting P4......as soon as i complete my medic probation i will be moved to the float position and boot you out......this is a new policy so i have been the floater for about 18 months and when i am done it will be 2 years....my new guy is off probation in april......what the float pool will look like at that time is unclear.....as of now more and more engines are sitting at 4 man engines (3 is our min) and 2 man rescues......if there is 4 people on an engine someone could call in or be of and no one would float.......and best case is all 19 or so medics get hired and pass precepting then more medics arent "stuck" on the box and will ride backwards.....most LT's will ride a medic backwards if they have a choice so they dont have to have the keys......oh and if it hasnt been said all our units are ALS except our truck and squad

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    Thanks for the info. I am really anxious to hear from them. I haven't heard anything...I am hoping tomorrow =) I was just wondering about the pay because I didnt know if I was going to be paid regular FF/EMT pay until I pass precepting and if back pay was involved for the time your precepted. I know departments that have done that so I just wanted to see if yours does.

    If you hear anything else, let me know...I appreciate it...

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    cool....i have medic class next to the training office....i checked the board today and nthing has changed......i would assume you may here something soon....i know they can get everyhting done quick once they have your BG check done.....goo dluck to you and maybe i will see you in orientation

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    Well my app has been in review with the department since 9/19. I know my BG is clean and I have all the req. certs including EVOC. I live in Bradenton, so you know being in Brandon its a commute. I am hoping I can get most of the testing and whatnot done close together but im not gonna complain. I just want to work for this department bad.

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    I got my letter for testing in the mail today and I am glad but it was surprising to see the candidates are required to pay for testing. I hope I can come up with the cash in time...

    Top 30 candidates get an interview. I am guessing they got quite a few as they have practical testing set up for Dec. 1-5.
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    wow...didnt know aout that....that sux.....i guess the only good hting is its probably the standardized test and it would be good for several depts in lieu of there testing....but i am not sure which ones....good luck to you thoug....i feel it will be wel worth it cuz if you pass i owuld guess its almost a certainty you will be offered employment with your patch

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    I hope so, but they only say that they will accept the top 30 with nothing mentioning preference on medics. The agility test is five stations:

    Trauma primary and secondary survey

    Search and Rescue, removing a victim from a maze

    100 ft dry 1 3/4 hose to third floor and back down

    24 foot extension ladder carry and raise

    100 ft charged line drag and knock over 3 cones

    Written test, medical and fire

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    Firemedic, how are you coming along in Orange county's process? I thought I remember you saying you had applied there, also. From the way it sounds in Orange county, the medics should be a shoe in, you should have a more than ample chance of getting hired there if Osceola doesn't work out. As far as osceolas test, this sounds like the new hire skills test that mid florida puts on, I would bet money on it. You can go to mid floridas website, click on the link that says "new hire skills test" and it will show you it exactly. I've done it a few times, and its not "too bad" I guess. Depends on who is putting it on. When I tested for Orlando, it was by far the hardest version of that test I've done. Like for example, the dummy weighed atleast 70 lbs more than when I did it for winter park, the hoseline had alot more pressure on it than anything I've ever dragged etc. So I guess it all depends whose putting it on. You have time between each station also. They will read you your scenario and what they want you to do, so thats your rest time. If you are in even halfway decent shape, you shouldn't have a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VESmedic View Post
    Firemedic, how are you coming along in Orange county's process? I thought I remember you saying you had applied there, also. From the way it sounds in Orange county, the medics should be a shoe in, you should have a more than ample chance of getting hired there if Osceola doesn't work out. As far as osceolas test, this sounds like the new hire skills test that mid florida puts on, I would bet money on it. You can go to mid floridas website, click on the link that says "new hire skills test" and it will show you it exactly. I've done it a few times, and its not "too bad" I guess. Depends on who is putting it on. When I tested for Orlando, it was by far the hardest version of that test I've done. Like for example, the dummy weighed atleast 70 lbs more than when I did it for winter park, the hoseline had alot more pressure on it than anything I've ever dragged etc. So I guess it all depends whose putting it on. You have time between each station also. They will read you your scenario and what they want you to do, so thats your rest time. If you are in even halfway decent shape, you shouldn't have a problem.
    Hey VES,

    Yeah i'm in the Orange County process as well and yeah the only thing holding me back is the CPAT and Psych tests. Unfortunately, I haven't done so well twice on the CPAT and I am going for my last shot Saturday. Its strange because im in shape but my endurance is obviously screwy. As for Osceola, this is the department I REALLY want more than anything, but I like them both. The test is held at mid-florida tech and I have registered. I take the written on Monday and the agility on the 29th. How do they make it more difficult than others? If its the same test, shouldn't it be the same stations as indicated on the website?

    All I know is it states on the site that the PSI on the hose pull is 100 and thats almost 50 less than what I had on my state practical and I found it easy. They say I have to go in a maze and show demonstrate pulling a victim out of a furnished room. I have no idea what they are going to expect. I am guessing use a right or left handed search, find the dummy and drag it out? I am not sure. Also, they have a trauma primary and secondary survey as station 1. I am not sure being a medic if I will get something different. Written tests make me nervous so I am hoping that its not too bad. I have been out of school 2 1/2 months and im a little rusty but I have been brushing up on my book.

    As far as the number of applicants, I have heard that they combed through the applications of about 200+ and narrowed them down to about 100, if that for slots allotted for the test at the academy. From there its the top 30 candidates for an interview which I am guessing pretty much by then have a job offer on the table...(crosses my fingers).

    So explain to me the change in difficulty of the test if its a standardized test for the area fire departments as it does state its for.

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    Hey Firemedic,
    I'm not sure that there will be a huge variation in the testing standards. The practical is probably like the one we use. Being a medic, you will be expected to tube the trauma patient and start an IV. I HIGHLY doubt you'll go through a trauma code. You remember that sheet from school that has the breakdown of events(IE: Scene safety, BSI/PPE, go into your medical assessment and rapid DCAP and so on)? Study the hell out of that and you'll be fine. The maze is no big deal and everything else is right around the same as the academy in regards to the ladder raise and hose drag. My advice, take your time and be methodical. Don't move slow but be deliberate and consistence in your actions and it should be cake. Best of luck bro.
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    Thanks man! Yeah I think my biggest challenge is the maze because I didn't get a lot of time in the maze at my fire academy and we never got to drag a dummy out of one. So that lack of experience is my weakness. The medical stuff is a piece of cake to me and the other things sound similar to other tests I have performed.

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    If the dummy drag is anything like the OFD test that dummy was awkward and heavy, but you can use any approved method to get it out.

    P.s what's the word going around in OFD? I hear maybe 15 off the list in Jan, can anyone confirm??

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