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    Does anyone have experience working as an EMPACCT paramedic. I was fortunate enough to move to the second phase of HCFR's paramedic recruitment. I'm somewhat apprehensive about possibly taking a job as a medic and not being able to be a firefighter for four years.

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    there is some info on it near the bottom of this thread:
    http://www.firehouse.com/forums/showthread.php?t=114847 (Tampa vs Hillsborough..)
    I wouldn't do it myself, but it depends on your personal situation.

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    Yea I thought the test was a little difficult as well.... Ryanholt how were you notified? I assume the second phase is the Intereview/Mega Code correct?

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    what were some of the questions?

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    I can't recall specific questions, but I will say I thought there were alot of pharmacology questions in proportion to other questions. It seemed as if the questions were either very difficult or very easy... not too much in the middle. Overall I thought it was a good test...very much like the one you would take for your paramedic class final. Did anyone else make it through to the Interviews?

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    yep, I am moving on the the interview.
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    11 were hired (6 FMT, 5 FM1) as of 5-10. I haven't heard anything about empacct hires except what others have posted here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reebokHCFR View Post
    11 were hired (6 FMT, 5 FM1) as of 5-10. I haven't heard anything about empacct hires except what others have posted here.
    I was the last to interview today.
    3 Medics are to be hired.
    I do my megacode first thing tomorrow morning, then back to Jersey to work more OT.

    I have a good feeling about it this time.
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    What does FMT stand for?

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    firemedic trainee. 99% of the time it's ff/emt's (need medic within 2 years) but it can be paramedic only (need fire within 2 years). this is not the same as an empacct medic.

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    I got hired, start the 21st.
    Anyone else get picked up?
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    Hey congrats, did you only get picked up as a Paramedic only or as a Firemedic?

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    Medic only.
    3 of us got hired, I think 50+ tried out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by reebokHCFR View Post
    firemedic trainee. 99% of the time it's ff/emt's (need medic within 2 years) but it can be paramedic only (need fire within 2 years). this is not the same as an empacct medic.

    The empacct medics-are they all the single role medics from when they consolidated with EMS?

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    yes, but we also still hire medic-only's for some reason.

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    To man the volly engines, from what I was told.
    The IAFF F/Ms can't ride the volly apparatus, so thats why the EMPACCT Medics get hired.

    At least that's how I understand it...
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    Good luck, you little turd!!!!! You be safe!
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    yeah there's two ALS volunteer engines. so 6 positions for all 3 shifts total, and we have 800 something firefighters. the only people I know assigned to them are 20 or 25+ year medics who are actually rescue lieutenants, but they've gotten assigned to one of those 6 positions.
    so it's basically another way to save money by hiring a medic only. the other side of the coin is, why do we have volunteer engines? vols only have to have fire 1 cert, and their lieutenants/officers can be 20-something's with virtually no experience. and yet every person in hillsborough county pays the same for fire protection. whether you get a career engine with at least one medic (if not 3), who have a combined 30+ years of experience, or a volunteer engine running short crew again who may or may not be emt's or have their fire 2 certification, you pay the same in taxes. I know why it's done, I just disagree with the whole concept.

    that said, how was the first week? I looked for you guys at headquarters last shift, but they said you did some sort of county stuff all week. I guess you have today off?

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    Hmm, the way it was explained to me was it sounded like we were gonna eventually end up on a volly Engine.

    Idk yet, we start Monday.

    County stuff Monday, then F/R orientation starts Tuesday.
    I can't wait!
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    yeah, eventually you could get it (if vol engines are still around then). the years of service for the six people assigned to vol engines are as follows: 30, 30, 30, 30, 25, 20. of course after a year or so when you get your standalone you can fill one of those spots on an as-needed, day to day basis, but definitely not assigned to it for a while.
    sorry, got my dates confused. you guys still start a week earlier than the paramedic orientation does for people already on the job. that starts the 28th.
    enjoy it. if I'm there I'll look for you.

    edit: fyi, there are 27 empacct medics on the job (including your group of three). 13 are rescue officers.

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    you guys going to hire again this year for Fire Medic or wait till next year?

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    sorry, no idea.

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    I had heard early next year. Keep an eye on the website.

    Thanks for the heads up about ALS orientation!
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    I just got an email saying probably around Oct or Jan 2011 but to keep looking at the website. It also said Hillsborough County Fire Rescue has adopted the CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test) and the National Testing Network's (NTN) FireTEAM Video-Based Human Relations Test (social compatibility, basic math and reading ability, and mechanical aptitude) as Minimum Qualifications. Certifications of completion must be obtained and submitted to civil service at the time of application for the positions of FireMedic 1 or FireMedic Trainee. You have to pay for the test it is like $125

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    Quote Originally Posted by steveb80 View Post
    I just got an email saying probably around Oct or Jan 2011 but to keep looking at the website. It also said Hillsborough County Fire Rescue has adopted the CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test) and the National Testing Network's (NTN) FireTEAM Video-Based Human Relations Test (social compatibility, basic math and reading ability, and mechanical aptitude) as Minimum Qualifications. Certifications of completion must be obtained and submitted to civil service at the time of application for the positions of FireMedic 1 or FireMedic Trainee. You have to pay for the test it is like $125
    Thanks for the heads up

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