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    I originally thought that 100 would mean 100th from the first spot as well, but everybody in the 70 band seems to have a score in the 70s that I have talked to (read about) on and off the site. Someone would potentially have to have score 311 for the 90 band as well (for the bottommost spot). I don't know what to make of the scores, but I guess I should just be relieved to be in the top band, regardless of score, and to have a good shot of moving on to the next step.

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    how far did you get last time through bergmeister? I know they eventually dipped into the 80 or even to the 70 band. What part tripped you up? This is my first time through the process and I am in the dark other than what I read as to what to expect.

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    I heard the highest score was 112. I was told that several people scored above 100 but they are included in the 311 that make up the 90 band. Look at the score you received in the email. It will say your band is 90, your score is 90.000 or 95.001 (this is where you rank in the band). They will send background packets out starting at the top of the list (112) and work their way down the list. This is how I understand the process.

    The 2006 list was supposed to expire in 2009 I believe, but ended up running until 2011. I can't remember how many made the list, but I think it was somewhat comparable to this list. I think they made it to the high 70s with hiring.

    Good luck to everyone in the process!

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    @franel29, the poly

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    Quote Originally Posted by bergmeister View Post
    @franel29, the poly
    Yeah, I am always thinking ahead, and am concerned with that being the next major part. I have a tame past, but am just nervous about what to expect, and with the reliability of them, just am a llittle uptight. good luck this time around.

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    Does anyone know how many they are hiring this time? Are they sending everyone on the eligible list the background check info in the mail?

    I also scored in the 90 band and was just curious to what happens next and when. The letter was very vague. The foam prep class helped a lot! Congrats to everyone and goodluck!

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    For what its worth I have spoken to a Lt on the job and a wife of another FF who is active in the goings on of the department and both said this is the list to be on and they intend to hire a decent amount off this list. But they were also surprised they had as many classes on from the last exam.

    I too wish I could get a little light shined upon what they didn't like in my FOAM. For the person who asked, yes you can fail the FOAM my letter said that I scored a 63, did not meet minimum requirements and would not continue on in the hiring process. I really don't know what I did or didn't do to merit such a low score but next time I will attend a practice session as I previously said since, other then the fact that it was a video with a recorder, I didn't know what to expect.

    Good luck to everyone moving on. I was not looking forward to the poly thats for sure. I have a friend who took a poly for the state for a forensic scientist position near Cleveland. He answered all the questions pre-poly truthfully, then was asked completely different questions and was notified that he showed "misleading answers" or whatever term they use.

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    Congrats to everyone that has passed the FOAM! I passed and was placed in the 90 band. I am very excited to possibly have an oppurtinity to possibly moved forward with the process. I know that the December 2011 class is filled off of the 2006 list. Does anyone know when our list is expected to start hearing about the next steps if we are selected to move forward with the hiring process? To those that are currently in a class for Columbus congrats on making it all the way through the process!

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    I also scored in the low 70's. I took the Don McNea Fire School Prep Course which did indeed help with my confidence and overall answers. However, I am baffled at what their scoring preferences were in Columbus? Was it the fact they had so many to review that they might have gotten picky as they went down the list? There are some I heard that didn't take the course (obviously some do not need the course or want to take it) and scored in the 90's. Now I am not in any way blaming Don Mcnea Fire School for my results, my results are my problem. I have taken the Prep Courses in the past and have fantastic test scores with other departments because of the insight and tips that were taught. But with regards to the scoring in Columbus, I am just confused. I guess I would like to know which answers that I said were insufficient or what wasn't said?!?! Again, I know I cannot receive those answers directly nor anyone else. I just want to know if anyone else has heard anything or know anything? No big deal, I accept my scores and will continue to try to get on with other departments fully knowing it's very competitive nature.
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    It looks like the City of Columbus budget for 2012 has come out and there will be a class of 35 sometime in 2012. I have heard that it should be around June. They should validate our list sometime after the first of the year and they will start sending out background packets for the 90 band.

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    Hey powerlifter, what does it mean to "validate the list" and what does that entail? Wow, June seems a lot sooner than I would have expected. That's good news.

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    Civil service gives the green light basically and they can begin the next steps.

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    Congrats to all that have passed. Now to clarify some rumors that are going around on this thread. The highest score was 116. Don't be discouraged if you are in the 80 band, over the new few years we will be losing a lot of guys due to the drop. A lot of really knowledgeable guys. If you have any more questions please feel free to ask.

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    Does it matter where you rank inside of each band? For example will a 100 get processed before a 95?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Powerlifter2000 View Post
    Does it matter where you rank inside of each band? For example will a 100 get processed before a 95?
    I'm pretty sure that's how it works, yes.

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    from what I understand, they establish a list based on your FOAM score. Still not sure why they even have the whole banding thing to begin with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jobhunter3 View Post
    Congrats to all that have passed. Now to clarify some rumors that are going around on this thread. The highest score was 116. Don't be discouraged if you are in the 80 band, over the new few years we will be losing a lot of guys due to the drop. A lot of really knowledgeable guys. If you have any more questions please feel free to ask.


    hey jobhunter, do you know how many people scored over 100? Might be too much to ask, but I am wondering about my placement in the pack, wow 116 for the high-that is really crazy.

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    There were only 300 something people who were in the 90band. I do remember that there wasn't a lot of people above 100. If your in the 90 band your odds are great. If you are in the 80 band your odds are still really good. Keep in mind back in 06 there were almost 700 people in the 90 band. They had almost 700 in the 90 band and only had two classes, one class of 35 and another class of 50 or so. After that they dipped into the 80 band. That should give you guys an idea of how many people are passed up. A lot of people will fail the polygraph, tons of people will fail the stress test, and some people will fail the psych portion of the test.

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    im really got my fingers crossed on this one. only scored in the 70 band but can only blame myself, never had taken the FOAM before and didnt prepare myself as well as i could have. im just hoping they go as far down as they did on the last list. good luck to all.

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    Looking back at the past three years proposed budgets for the city it looks like they stick pretty close to their plan.

    The Fire Division's 2010 budget provides funding for a beginning year contingent
    of 1,499 firefighters. No fire recruit classes are funded in 2010. The division will
    work towards increasing the number of firefighters on the streets through
    redeployment efforts.


    The Fire Division's 2011 budget provides funding for a beginning year contingent
    of 1,552 firefighters. This beginning year figure assumes a December 2010 class
    of 50 recruits. It is anticipated that during 2011, there will be a total of 80
    separations. Firefighters lost through these separations will be replaced via 2
    budgeted classes totaling 95 recruits and subsequent internal promotions.


    With them calling out two classes and actually having two classes and getting close to their number I'm hoping they will carry over the remander.


    Here is the pertaining info from this years budget:

    The Fire Division's 2012 budget provides funding for a beginning year contingent
    of 1,563 firefighters, which includes 60 recruits. It is anticipated that during 2012
    there will be a total of 35 separations. Firefighters lost through these separations
    will be replaced with budgeted classes totaling 35 recruits and subsequent
    internal promotion


    Interestingly they did not call out then number of classes, however it is plural maybe they will hold multiple this year. Looking at last years June class it seem candidates started getting moving along in February.

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    Any idea of when they will have a class in 2012 I know in previous years it's been June or December? I did find out I scored in the top 15 overall.

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    They should have a class late 2012. Powerlifter2000 keep your eyes open for something in the mail I would say after the new year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Powerlifter2000 View Post
    Any idea of when they will have a class in 2012 I know in previous years it's been June or December? I did find out I scored in the top 15 overall.

    Great Job brother. How did you find out your placement on the list? I would love to know where I am at rank-wise also. Do you know someone on the department or from civil service? Congrats again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by franel29 View Post
    Great Job brother. How did you find out your placement on the list? I would love to know where I am at rank-wise also. Do you know someone on the department or from civil service? Congrats again.
    what was your FOAM score?

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    I know several people that work for the CFD almost all of our security guards work for them and I workout with several of them at my gym. My FOAM score was a 103 with no vet points.

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