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    Berg, im just messin around. There is plenty of work to be had...it just depends what your luck is. Me, well, im a white cloud.
    A Fire Chief has ONLY 1 JOB and that's to take care of his fireman. EVERYTHING else falls under this.


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    Hey JT thanks for the info..greatly appreciated. I'm going to be mailing in my app either tomorrow or friday..Do you guys welcome visitors to your stations? I'm thinking if i score descent, maybe I'd stop down..scope it out.

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    JT - Does AFD recognize IFSAC certs, or does everyone go through entire academy if hired, regardless of certs ? Also, do they "discourage" the hiring of older (38 years young !) candidates ?

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    Does Allentown give Veteran's credit or full preference over the open competitors?

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    Veterans get points added to their final score on the written. It is a set amount and every Vet gets them. So you can still end up higher on the list then a Vet......

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    RFD, riding 2 is only common on 1 piece of equipment.

    Griff, visitors are welcome...just bring ice cream, its a favorite

    KP, Everyone goes through the academy. Prior certs will not help with the hiring process. Regarding the age, there is no maximum age limit, and no discouragement whatsoever. In fact, the last class had the oldest 2 recruits in the city's history, one of them 50+.

    Anything else, just ask, and I'll do my best to answer you.
    A Fire Chief has ONLY 1 JOB and that's to take care of his fireman. EVERYTHING else falls under this.

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    What is the pay like after 5 years and so on?

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    what do they want filled out? the employment app or the firefighter app? seems like theres not much to the ff app

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    Top pay is achieved after 3 years, and upon completion of the apprenticeship program. Approximate salary with holiday pay is $63,000.

    Fill out the Firefighter App. I believe there is a much more detailed app the further in the hiring process you go, but honestly I can't remember.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JTFIRE80 View Post
    RFD, riding 2 is only common on 1 piece of equipment.

    Griff, visitors are welcome...just bring ice cream, its a favorite

    KP, Everyone goes through the academy. Prior certs will not help with the hiring process. Regarding the age, there is no maximum age limit, and no discouragement whatsoever. In fact, the last class had the oldest 2 recruits in the city's history, one of them 50+.

    Anything else, just ask, and I'll do my best to answer you.
    JT; which piece of equipment is that? It looked like one of your busiest Engine Companies may ride with two members.

    How are the day to day operations? What goes on during a typical tour? Fill us in on life in an A-town firehouse...

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    heading off to the post office to mail the app and the money order..wish me luck..

    On a side note, I looked at the list scores from the last test? in 2009 i believe, highest score was a 101.something..is the test that hard? or do that many people fail? Or, do not many people test?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigGriffC12 View Post
    heading off to the post office to mail the app and the money order..wish me luck..

    On a side note, I looked at the list scores from the last test? in 2009 i believe, highest score was a 101.something..is the test that hard? or do that many people fail? Or, do not many people test?
    I looked on the IAFF website and saw that in 2009 over 600 applied and something like 575 tested. I do remember the test being differnet and it was harder than others I have taken. Im sure JTFIRE can shine more light on the subject though.

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    On a side note, this has been the most hectic process for me and I havn't even mailed it yet..

    I had to use the library to print out the app because I dont have a printer on my home computer/laptop..so I needed to find 3 dollars in change in my car under the seats, in the wheel wells, in the gas tank, to pay to use the computer, then I had to run back outside to get more change to pay for the copies..

    Then I forgot my debit card, figuring I could just use my credit card to get the money order (my bad) nope, 8 miles round trip later..and then they won't let me copy my 214 so I have to wait until I go to drill tomorrow to make a copy..god..I hope this is worth it lol..

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    613 Applications recieved, 549 actually tested, 312 passed. There have been 14 hires off of the current list.

    It is amazing the amount of people that no show for the agility test, or show up very unprepared thinking they can fly through it.

    With tests, I've only taken 2, so I can't say what is difficult or not. That said, my biggest piece of advice I give people testing is this: Answer the question as if your job/life depended on it. What this means is always tell the truth, rat your friends out, rat yourself out, and do what Management wants you to do, not what you think you would do, or what you think is right!
    A Fire Chief has ONLY 1 JOB and that's to take care of his fireman. EVERYTHING else falls under this.

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    How's the maze? Any tips to get through the agility? I know we're not there yet but would like to start preparing anyways.

    How's the written? Any suggestions?

    What helped you when you took the test?

    Thanks for any help!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DevelopmentHell View Post
    How's the maze? Any tips to get through the agility? I know we're not there yet but would like to start preparing anyways.

    How's the written? Any suggestions?

    What helped you when you took the test?

    Thanks for any help!
    The maze is a maze. It is what it is...I'm not going to put everything out there for everyone.
    Just be prepared physically for the agility...as I posted already, Official video of the Agility test is on Youtube, and you get a free shot at it before the actual test.

    What helped?? Working out, and 5 hour energy!!
    A Fire Chief has ONLY 1 JOB and that's to take care of his fireman. EVERYTHING else falls under this.

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    Get a 40 or 50 pound weight vest from Models or Dicks and start climbing steps. Your legs need to be your major focus. You should work the shoulders and your core too but I was on the step mill for about 20 mins each day and then I would run a couple miles or used the rowing machine. Only really trained for about a month but passed with time to spare. They will also give you an orientation day before the agility test where you can run the maze and remember it so don't worry about that, worry about doing well on the written test.

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    Double post.
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    Looks like a great dept to work for, seems old school. How many are they looking to hire? Looks like a worthy trip.

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    In regards to the work schedule, I saw they do 10's and 14's, what are the hours of each? Also what's the departments policy on leather helmets/boots, I was watching some videos and it seems like everyone is wearing Ben 2's, which I'm guessing is standard issue?

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