So the band is the percentile rank in groups of 10 that you scored on the FOAM. So the 90 band is a score from 90 - 100%. Columbus will take everyone who scored in the 90 BAND at one time. If they are hiring 150 and there are 200 who scored in the 90 band and they get 150 out of that band, that's pretty much it unless they hire again within the eligibility list. So the 80 band is 80-89 basically. Now, within your band is your raw score and that is how they move through the band. So, you MUST do your absolute best on the FOAM and score as high as you can.
Not sure if it is used anywhere else.
It's not THAT intense, but it is pretty subjective based upon how a panel feels you presented yourself.
Basically, you watch a video of some scenario and you place yourself into the scene in the first person point of view. The video suddenly stops and you have x amount of time to complete the scene as you would in real life. Then you are judged and ranked by the panel. This becomes your ultimate band.
This is why the panel is usually made up of FF from other departments around the state, and not from CFD. That was the explanation I received when I took it. I think they judge your reaction, demeanor, what your actions were, if you are confident or arrogant, personable, etc. I have no idea what they are really looking for, but that seems to me to be about what it was.
Ohhhh boyyy. I have a few friends who took the bpad, which is the police version of FOAM by the sounds of it, he said don't be a dick, be polite, well spoken, good tone, don't be an ***. Basically treat it like customer service, like your answering a phone at a business.
Others have said the oral board(for police) was the same as the bpad, but in front of the officers and not into a camera.
I just printed the study guide. I am glad I did as this doesn't look like the typical civil service test. All types of tools to memorize. I know what a hammer is and a phillips head but some of these tools I don't know the real names for. Print it out and look at it if you have not done so. I have never taken this test so maybe it is basic stuff but the study guide seems to prove otherwise.
I have a question maybe someone can answer. I'm due to process into the military in the next week or two and will most likely leave for basic late July early August. I know that in any civil service test if they call your number and your in active duty they save your spot until your done. But what happens if I take my written and get sent to basic before I can do the physical or FOAM? I tried to call Columbus today but didn't make it home before they closed and I don't think the office is open tomorrow.
i know it says that want you to become a medic in a certain time frame once you get hired how does that work? do they send you to medic school in the academy? or is it one of those things you have to get your medic cert in a year or after a certain time frame
My BI informed me of this:
Columbus is one of only 3 houses in the country that does their own EMS training and certification.
The fire academy is about 6 months and you'll have FF2 and EMT-B when you get out. You'll be on company for about 2 years before you do Medic school. You'll do medic school on your unit day for the first 8 hours of your shift and go back to company for the other 16 hours of your shift.
Ok that sounds cool thanks for the help... And I assume if your already an emtb or medic you just skip that portion in the academy
Nope. You go through the academy as a class and do it all over, even if you have your b card and your FFII.
As far as medic is concerned, since that is done on company, I do not know for sure, but somehow, I doubt you get out of it.
Wow medics going through emt b training haha well I guess its good review
Anyone coming down from MI 5/14 for the test??
There are likely Columbus protocols that you would need to know anyway, that might be different from your protocols.
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What are you Columbus fire guys hearing about the budget? Is this current class being hired for retirements? Any insight on the city of Columbus financial status in general.
Ok, guys I'm gonna be in town Thursday and will be leaving Sunday. My test is Sat at 1PM. I'll probably be out atleast one night watching the Lightning/Bruins game. I'm also bringing my mountain bike and intend to hit a couple trails nearby. Anybody want to get together let me know.
Taking the early morning flight from Boston on saturday for the test at 1:00. Go Bruins!
Does anyone know how much of the test is based on the study guide? I know alot more about Pulleys and Spur Gears than I ever have. Next...memorizing tools I don't know.
Seemed pretty easy to me:) Anybody know when we get the results?
If you listened, the women clearly said the last week of June.......