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    Good luck to everyone, Tacoma is a good Dept

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    Quote Originally Posted by TruckOps84 View Post
    Anyone hear word of interviews yet?
    Shocking this thread back to life...

    Anybody heard any murmurs about whether or not they're hiring a class in the early new year / still planning on doing oral boards?

    I heard some rumors that they were thinking about suspending the next class due to (of course) budgets, but they were unsubstantiated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ktcan View Post
    Shocking this thread back to life...

    Anybody heard any murmurs about whether or not they're hiring a class in the early new year / still planning on doing oral boards?

    I heard some rumors that they were thinking about suspending the next class due to (of course) budgets, but they were unsubstantiated.
    Not to be a debbi downer, but I heard they were suspending the next class as well, and possible layoffs. But just rumors.

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    The city has disputed reports that TFD will be laying off 48 firefighters:

    http://blog.thenewstribune.com/polit...d-for-layoffs/

    The city does have to cut 126 positions though.

    I have a friend who is going through academy right now. I'll see what I can find out.

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    WOW! I was in the same position when I worked for Tucson Fire, I feel for the new hires and new recruits, keep a positive attitude, there is very little you can do to change the situation, you can only control how you respond to it. Stay strong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KTF View Post
    Not to be a debbi downer, but I heard they were suspending the next class as well, and possible layoffs. But just rumors.
    Seems to be all rumors and hearsay right now...but I would be interested to hear what you come up with, powerhourcoug!

    Thanks, everyone, for the input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ktcan View Post
    Seems to be all rumors and hearsay right now...but I would be interested to hear what you come up with, powerhourcoug!

    Thanks, everyone, for the input.
    I'm sure Flipper123 will be hearing from a bunny and will chime in at some point.

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    I just got a email from tacoma, the 2012 class is delayed or cancelled. Tough break

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    Quote Originally Posted by KTF View Post
    I just got a email from tacoma, the 2012 class is delayed or cancelled. Tough break
    Wow, I got that same email.

    Makes me really wish I had passed that physical agility the first time around (failed it by one second).

    Well, just gotta keep plugging, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ktcan View Post
    Wow, I got that same email.

    Makes me really wish I had passed that physical agility the first time around (failed it by one second).

    Well, just gotta keep plugging, right?
    Why did you fail the PAT?

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    Quote Originally Posted by powerhourcoug View Post
    Why did you fail the PAT?
    Failed it for time, by one second (finished at 7:31). Basically, it just took me way too long on the Kaiser sled and the hose drag.

    Sooo, I worked super hard for several months, really improved my physical fitness and did much better the second time...but now it seems all for naught. :/

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    So I guess the word may be out that the Spring Class isn't going to happen.
    Rumours change every :30 seconds about layoffs.
    Alot of senior guys are being very cool and bailing out early to try and save a new guy job. The Union will scratch and claw to prevent any bodies actually going out the door.
    Giving back COLA raises, demotions, etc. All to prevent anyone from being canned.

    I really don't believe anything the city says anymore. So we wait until it all actually happens.
    Will there actually be boots on the street lay-offs? Maybe.

    The Class that graduates today is pretty good, I hear. Only had 1 recruit not make it out of 17.
    So I feel for them, the pressure they gotta be under- their entire Academy they've been hearing rumors. That would suck.

    Will TFD hire off this current list?
    Yup.
    2 year list, maybe 3. I think the City in a year or so will scream about overtime and re-hire some bodies, but some of those bodies will be hired by other FD's.

    As always, the waiting game.
    Be patient.

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    I feel for the class that just got out. I couldn't imagine moving across the country like some did, and getting a pink slip your first day at work after academy. Hopefully some guys that are up for retirement go so that some jobs can be saved for the new guys. My prayers are with you and your familys.

    http://www.king5.com/news/local/City...135040083.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by KTF View Post
    I feel for the class that just got out. I couldn't imagine moving across the country like some did, and getting a pink slip your first day at work after academy. Hopefully some guys that are up for retirement go so that some jobs can be saved for the new guys. My prayers are with you and your familys.

    http://www.king5.com/news/local/City...135040083.html
    Terrible situation. I know one of the recruits.

    I wouldn't count them out just yet. We had 6 people (out of 95) take early retirement this year to help save jobs...I'm sure some TFD folks will probably do the same.

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    It seems that no layoffs happened, which is a great thing! Anyone have an idea if TFD will continue to hire off the current list in the next year or so?

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    Just saw that Tacoma recieved a SAFER grant in the amount of $7,737,255.00

    Anyone confirm from the inside? If so what plans may be?

    Good for the guys and gals on the line, maybe they can bump up staffing or at least keep what they got and hire for those leaving.

    Anyway should be exciting for those next up. Good luck.

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    rumor has it, TFD applied for another safer. cross your fingers.

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    Anyone have any info on a new testing and hiring process?

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    Joe, Most of the info can be found via Tacoma Fire.
    http://tinyurl.com/cplgbfj

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    Thanks, was wondering more about anticipated openings/academies or if they are just making a list?

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    2 days of testing with 3 sessions each day around June 4th at the Tacoma Dome. Not sure what the number of new hires will be but looking forward to the challenge!

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    I've heard from an officer there that they're planning on one whole class from this list, and they don't anticipate it in the near future because they can hardly afford the class that was hired off the last list. Of course, I imagine if we talk to ten other people at TFD that we will hear ten alternate theories. As always, we'll take it and pray!

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    Hope everyone is still working towards their goal.
    TFD had a very tough time, like alot of departments, but the process keeps moving forward.
    The written test is complete, somewhere around 600 took the test.
    Practice PAT events will happen next.
    Will anyone be hired soon off this list?
    No one knows.

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    I am very surprised to hear only 600 attended the written exam. I heard over 2000 had applied.

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    yeah 600 per session. 2 sessions per day for 3 days. That's over 3k
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