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    Per the orientation last saturday, they stated that they want to hire 21 by march. They will be conducting the testing in early Jan, with online applications in Dec. They want to have the hiring completed by Feb (good luck with that) and if they /really/ need EMT's on the line they will have an EMT only class.

    They were big on knowing the structure of the department, integrity, customer service, number of stations, equipment. These will more than likely make their way to the oral board

    They will have two psyche exams, and one polygraph.

    Written portion will the Ergoteam/FIRETEAM test and the CPAT will need to be completed by Feb 11th.

    You WILL be able to do ride alongs during the hiring process. The Chiefs will conducting the oral boards, so there is no risk of interference by the guys on the line.

    The cadre suggested ride alongs and mock oral boards.

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    peterbound- Thanks for the info! So it looks like they are having orals, I thought the rumor was just the written?

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    Nope, they confirmed Oral Boards with the Chiefs.

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    Just found out that you CANNOT do any ridealongs during the hiring process. From the training chief.

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    double check that. Per the orientation this was not an issue. I'll call HR on monday.

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    To any of you that was at the orientations, what was the average number of people that was there? Just curious as to how many might be turning in applications..

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    Quote Originally Posted by fire228 View Post
    To any of you that was at the orientations, what was the average number of people that was there? Just curious as to how many might be turning in applications..
    Pretty sure that they limited the orientations to 100 seats for each session, so I doubt that is a good gauge of how many will apply.

    I would estimate no less than 1000 since they haven't hired or tested in a while and they lowered the requirements, but this is purely a guess. I am trying to remember how many they had in years past and I want to say it was around the 600-700 mark for initial applicants.
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    They stated during the orientation that they already had around 1600 interest cards. Don't know if all those apply, but that's a good estimate to go off of.

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    Let me see if I got this right...

    You submit an application and based off that they choose who they want to take the test. If you pass the test you are in the academy and if you pass the academy you get hired off that list?

    Please explain if I am wrong.

    In Florida the system is, Go to the academy, turn in application, get hired


    Thanks!

    Oh, is there any date on the written test?

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    Peterbound might have more info, as I was not at the informational meeting. My understanding is there is an online application, pass that, and you move to an oral interview. Pass-> polygraph, Pass-> psych exam, Pass-> academy. Pass-> line.
    Is that accurate? In 2006 3000 applicants, with EMT and CPAT requirement to apply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fire228 View Post
    In Florida the system is, Go to the academy, turn in application, get hired
    Yeah, things are a little diff in FL compared to CO. Here almost every paid Dept requires that you go through their academy even if you have a cert from another one. If you have one, it won't hurt, but you can expect to go through CSFD's academy again.

    Quote Originally Posted by lastcall5398 View Post
    My understanding is there is an online application, pass that, and you move to an oral interview. Pass-> polygraph, Pass-> psych exam, Pass-> academy. Pass-> line.
    Is that accurate? In 2006 3000 applicants, with EMT and CPAT requirement to apply.
    Pretty accurate except that in years past after the oral they band you (rank you A,B,C,etc. by similarly clustered groups, not a set score every time. It's weird.) so you may pass the oral, but never move on because you weren't in a high enough band (mostly A but would sometimes dip into B).

    And don't forget that now you need the CPAT sometime before you get hired I think, so throw that in the mix too. I'll defer to Peter though since it seems he has the most up-to-date info.

    3000 seems really high. If accurate, I think that was the initial number of online apps (anyone can take a few mins to fill out the app), however when people realized that EMT and CPAT were required I think the actual number that went through the written and was tested was much lower. This was 4+ years ago so I could be remembering something wrong though. Could be really different this year with the requirements removed.

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    Well where does the written FireTeam test come in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fire228 View Post
    Well where does the written FireTeam test come in?
    Oh yeah, Lastcall and I both left that out. That should come after the application and before the oral. Then if you score high enough, you move onto the oral board.

    Edit: I should say that I haven't been to the orientation for this round of testing. Just going off of how they have done things in the past.

    Good luck if you apply though.

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    The application is now open on springsgov.com. You cannot submit the app, but I hear it's pretty lengthy, and would be wise to get started filling it out.
    As it stands, still looking for about 21 people. in 1 academy. If there are more retires in 2011, a possible 2nd academy, but chances are it will remain at 1.
    Also to revisit an issue: No ride-alongs during the testing process. However that does not mean you can't come to a station and ask questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lastcall5398 View Post
    The application is now open on springsgov.com. You cannot submit the app, but I hear it's pretty lengthy, and would be wise to get started filling it out.
    As it stands, still looking for about 21 people. in 1 academy. If there are more retires in 2011, a possible 2nd academy, but chances are it will remain at 1.
    Also to revisit an issue: No ride-alongs during the testing process. However that does not mean you can't come to a station and ask questions.
    The list has been good for 2 years in the past. Has that changed? (you only reference academies/retirees in '11)

    thx for the info by the way.

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    I can only assume it will continue to be a two year list. This will be a good list to be on, considering even if not selected the first round, a new station is in the works for 2012. That will obviously mean more hiring!

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    FYI, if you already applied to Aurora or Thornton earlier this year this application process is a lot easier as they use the same Government Jobs provider.

    Took me about 20 mins to apply by answering a few questions and making sure the rest was current. Otherwise I think you are looking at at least an hour if you don't have a profile already (need to enter basic info, education, certs, resume', references, job history, etc.).

    However, you can save as you go, so if you don't have a lot of time you can come back to it later.

    Just thought I would pass some info along.

    Good luck everyone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by yjbrody64 View Post
    FYI, if you already applied to Aurora or Thornton earlier this year this application process is a lot easier as they use the same Government Jobs provider.

    Took me about 20 mins to apply by answering a few questions and making sure the rest was current. Otherwise I think you are looking at at least an hour if you don't have a profile already (need to enter basic info, education, certs, resume', references, job history, etc.).

    However, you can save as you go, so if you don't have a lot of time you can come back to it later.

    Just thought I would pass some info along.

    Good luck everyone!
    Using that Government Jobs provider site makes it a bit easier to apply for sure. Looking forward to this process, good luck all!

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    I've gone through the application process, and I'm looking for the link to the FireTEAM test via governmentjobs.com, and I can't find it. Can anyone help me out? Thanks in advance, everybody.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KelleeR View Post
    I've gone through the application process, and I'm looking for the link to the FireTEAM test via governmentjobs.com, and I can't find it. Can anyone help me out? Thanks in advance, everybody.
    Did you get an email saying you were eligible to take the FireTEAM test? These are the directions that were in that:

    INSTRUCTIONS TO SELF SCHEDULE

    1. Log into GovernmentJobs.com as a Career Seeker
    2. Click the "Application Status" link
    3. Click the "Schedule Exam" link
    4. Select the desired written exam time and location
    5. Click "Submit"

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    Thanks yjbrody64! Oddly enough, when I login to the government.jobs site, it says "You have applied for 0 positions," so there is no link to schedule an exam. I emailed CSFD HR and they have my application. So, I can't explain what happened there.
    Due to my stubborness and dogged determination, I managed to talk HR into signing me up for the 8 a.m. exam on Jan. 7 via email. I really really want this job, and I was worried if I wasn't pesky, I'd never get a testing slot. I'm flying to C Springs from Mountain Home, ID to test, so I have to be sure I have all my details covered. Thanks again, bud.
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    Anyone know how they feel about out of state applicants? I'm coming from Florida and know some people from California coming out to test as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silent8404 View Post
    Anyone know how they feel about out of state applicants? I'm coming from Florida and know some people from California coming out to test as well.
    I have not been given the impression so far that being an out-of-state applicant is an issue. This is just my .02 cents.

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    Hey there New on the board here but have been checking it out lately as I am going through this process as well. Does anybody know if they will post your CPAT test on your application status once they receive it?? I sent mine in earlier in the week and just want to make sure that is gets there. I would hate to miss the deadline when I have it. Good luck to all those going through this as well! Thanks

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