how often does Orlando Hire?
The SAFER grant requires them to maintain the minimum staffing at which the grant was recieved, so as people retire, quit or leave on medical, they must replace that person with another full time position or there would be a surplus of grant money.
They only go into Ready Rescue mode as soon as RIT is on scene and established. Depending on the response that's coming it could be the Heavy or a Truck. Used to split and one guy team up with outside truck, other with inside truck. Now they stay together and do proactive work, they can VES but that is the most in depth they can get on the fire. Other than that, helping safe the building, utilities, back side report, etc.
I *think* they dropped it to 1 truck now, could be wrong...
As far as manning, it may have changed alittle now with transport but in general it has pretty much been: Trucks: 4 man minimum, Engine: Multiple 4 man engines, but a handful of 3 man as well. generally, outside of station 1, multiple company houses have a 3 man engine. some seem to have gotten around that though (8, 10, 9) but I believe 2, 7, and 11's Engines are stll 3 man...Ironically they are the busiest in the city as well.
Heard through the grapevine, OFD bringing on a large number in October.
Not much new right now, still 1 for 1, we just brought on 3 more, in orientation right now. So if you were called already, that's 3 more you can check off your list of 30 or so. Other than that not much new, we have quite a few retirements and promotions coming up so it shouldn't be too long before the next calls go out. Good luck to all.
Thanks for the info bro. I interviewed/poly in may and HR said there were 35 of us on the processed list. I have worked down south for 4 years now and learned alot about Florida fire departments. In mine and alot of other people's opinions OFD is THE department in Florida. A Captain I have the utmost respect for, who is in charge of West Palm Squad 4, said that OFD is the only department he would ever consider leaving west palm for. It seems all I think about lately is getting that phone call. Any guess on the number/timing of upcoming retirements?
Won't be done with SAFER til next Oct. Probably having a test around Jan 2013 I imagine (as that would be 2 year expiration on the current list as well) my guess is that will be the next test. We shouldn't burn through the current list early.
As for projected retirements it's tough to say, people leave when they want, as for retirements being forced out due to forward and back drop, there are a few but not a ton.
I've said it before too, if I were to come back to Florida, there will be only 3 -4 departments I would even consider applying for and Orlando is probably #1 on that list.
Fuss, quick non OFD question. Why does philly still use those god awful yellow tupperware lids? :)
Awesome! Thanks for sharing. I love stuff like that.
Very nice, FireFuss. Thanks for sharing.
That is some cool shiite. Thanks for sharing dude.
In FRS if you leave before your vested you recieve no benefit. The only money i may get back is the 3% we are paying in as of July 1st.....but i would roll it anyways...and ya by the time a list came out i would have the time
ya if i do change dept i would roll any accumulated retirement into the new dept....thats just smarter as well as easier come collecting time....but i may stay where i am at until my son graduates in 6 years...been lookin pacific northwest
Some pensions/departments do not allow you to roll over though, so cashing out is your only option.
Another suggestion is if you are moving distances from one department to another (like I am) cashing out can help pay for moving expenses, new housing, new furniture, etc. This is a viable option if you only have a small time in and aren't going to lose much by not rolling over.
So what are we up to now? 11 right? I know what HR "tolf me my number" is, but I'm starting to see that number really doesn't matter...I know a few people that were around the top 10 that haven't gotten called so...more waiting I guess...