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    Does anyone have any info on the department's work schedule and staffing? Also, any info on pension/retirement would be helpful too. Thanks

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    RMRS,
    I'd worry about getting hired first

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterbound View Post
    RMRS,
    I'd worry about getting hired first
    Indeed. But the info is still helpful.

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    XOXOXOOOO

    not sure of all the benefit stuff, but salary ranges:
    $42,984 1st year
    $48,348 2nd year
    $54,384 3rd year
    $61,176 4th year

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    Quote Originally Posted by lastcall5398 View Post
    XOXOXOOOO

    not sure of all the benefit stuff, but salary ranges:
    $42,984 1st year
    $48,348 2nd year
    $54,384 3rd year
    $61,176 4th year
    I saw that on their webiste, but I find it kind of hard to believe the salary jumps that high that quickly, but I really wouldn't know. But if those are the steps for an entire career, I'm thinking every few years you get the next step. Can anyone clarify this?

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    If I have a CPAT certification that I got through testing with a different dept... and out of state, A could I use that and B would it be wise to use it? Thanks for the advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucky2 View Post
    I saw that on their webiste, but I find it kind of hard to believe the salary jumps that high that quickly, but I really wouldn't know. But if those are the steps for an entire career, I'm thinking every few years you get the next step. Can anyone clarify this?
    I was under the impression that it is as it reads. You test yearly for the bump, but I could be wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DexterRutecki View Post
    If I have a CPAT certification that I got through testing with a different dept... and out of state, A could I use that and B would it be wise to use it? Thanks for the advice.

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    Sure, why not? Maybe I'm not understanding your question.

    CSFD doesn't do their own CPAT testing so everyone's cert is going to be from a diff place. I'm taking mine with a FD to the north because they are one of the few that put one on. As long as it's a licensed or accredited testing facility you should be good.

    So, A) Yes and B) Yes.

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    Yes, a valid CPAT within 12 months from any location will do. Just understand that if it lapses before the condition of employment offer, you might be left out in the dark.

    As for the salary jump, it is based on time, not performance. Once you reach your hire date, you automatically get the raise. Example:
    hired 11/2010
    11/2010-11/2011 (4th class wage)
    11/2011-11/2012 (3rd class wage)...etc.
    It's different for paramedics i think, but not 100%sure.
    I would encourage those locally interested to visit your closest CSFD station. Ask questions, perhaps do a ride-a-long. Once the application period is open, CSFD does not allow any ride-a-longs.

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    Sounds like their hiring around 15.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lastcall5398 View Post
    Yes, a valid CPAT within 12 months from any location will do. Just understand that if it lapses before the condition of employment offer, you might be left out in the dark.

    As for the salary jump, it is based on time, not performance. Once you reach your hire date, you automatically get the raise. Example:
    hired 11/2010
    11/2010-11/2011 (4th class wage)
    11/2011-11/2012 (3rd class wage)...etc.
    It's different for paramedics i think, but not 100%sure.
    I would encourage those locally interested to visit your closest CSFD station. Ask questions, perhaps do a ride-a-long. Once the application period is open, CSFD does not allow any ride-a-longs.
    Thanks for the info, pretty crazy pay raises the first 5 years compared to what I'm used to seeing, not in a bad way at all though! Just caught me off guard.

    As for 15, I called them last week to verify a CPAT testing facility here in Florida, and he told me 5-10. Any hiring is good. I asked him about potential future layoffs and he told me they were worried this past year about that, had to take a pay decrease or something similair, but the fact they were hiring is a positive sign. Hopefully the new future hires won't have a potential layoff hovering over their career! Good luck to everyone starting the process, and hope to see you there.

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    Yeah, I've heard anywhere from 6 to 25.

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    Update:
    So the EMT portion will be completed in the first 4 weeks of the academy. To my understanding, you will become Colorado NREMT with the 4 week training.
    After that, will be the 12 week fire academy.
    Also, if anyone knows, I heard there might not be an oral interview? I heard from a different department that the FireTeam test is not only the written, but counts as the interview?
    doesn't that seem strange?

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    Default schedule??

    Does anyone know the schedule CSFD works? 24 or 48?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lastcall5398 View Post
    Update:
    So the EMT portion will be completed in the first 4 weeks of the academy. To my understanding, you will become Colorado NREMT with the 4 week training.
    After that, will be the 12 week fire academy.
    Also, if anyone knows, I heard there might not be an oral interview? I heard from a different department that the FireTeam test is not only the written, but counts as the interview?
    doesn't that seem strange?
    City of Aurora did the FireTeam test and did not do interviews. From what I've heard, it's more the fact that departments are scared to death of being sued for discrimination, so they are moving away from interviews. That way they are unaware of a person's race, age, etc. Puts a lot of great candidates at a serious disadvantage IMO.

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    Ridgerunner, yeah thanks, I did google and I did search the website. I figured since I couldn't find anything I would check here. If you know thanks.

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    pretty sure the schedule is 24 on 48 off, as per the CSFD Union website

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    Quote Originally Posted by RMRS View Post
    pretty sure the schedule is 24 on 48 off, as per the CSFD Union website
    thanks, I thought it was as well but I thought I read somewhere they worked 48 on. Thanks for the clarification.

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    The schedule is a modified Kelly:
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    Work every other day for five days, then four days off. No kelly days though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lastcall5398 View Post
    The schedule is a modified Kelly:
    OXOXOXXXX
    Work every other day for five days, then four days off. No kelly days though.
    No kelly days?! Hmmmm....thats no bueno. No bueno at all! What does that come out to? An average 48 hour work week or 56?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucky2 View Post
    No kelly days?! Hmmmm....thats no bueno. No bueno at all! What does that come out to? An average 48 hour work week or 56?
    It would be a 56 hour work week.
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    No Kelly day true,.....but still a job.
    Also, CPAT is no longer required to apply. Instead it will be required upon job offer (February-ish).

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    I'm not sure what their motivation is behind eliminating the CPAT and EMT-B prerequisites if that ends up holding true.

    For those of you that have stopped in at stations or HR or those orientations, has anyone that you talked to had any insight on this? Just seems unusual when in the past they had no problems getting plenty of applicants with those qualifications (at minimum) to apply.

    Thoughts?

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    they want more minorities, women, and non traditional applicants to apply. That's the word around the water cooler

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    Not 100% sure, but applications will be online early December.
    A new station will be build in the next year or so, and will require filling. Not to mention approx 10 retires by mid 2011. CSFD is already understaffed, and a large academy is looking more and more promising.

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