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    Quote Originally Posted by trevolp View Post
    here are your answers.

    you take the test august 30th, they grade it, you find out your score 2 weeks later and they begin processing the top scoring candidates then, so scoring a 100 is good. If you score and 80 it doesn't matter how strong or good of an interviewer you are because you might as well focus on next years test.

    it doesn't matter when you apply as long as you do it during the application period because the test is on august 30th.

    Affirmative action is illegal.

    no one cares what kind of experience you have or don't have. we want work ethic and teachability.

    if you don't have cardio but are strong then get your rollie pollie fat *** running if you are worried about it.
    If you aren't running now, be sure to go buy yourself a good pair of actual running shoes and start running. If you do that you will be much better off and will be in front of the ball rather than trying to play catch up the whole time.Training will wear you out no matter what your condition you're in. Invest all that y'all can into the job i.e. Training, Studying, and a nice suit (Always dress sharp to each occasion. No matter how tedious it may be, it shows that you are serious, and believe me anything to make you stand out of the 4500+ will help you). Good luck to everyone that takes the test, and just know that the process is well worth the wait.

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    lol I just tested myself on the running
    it says that I need to run 1.5 miles in 14 minutes
    I made 1.3 miles in 14...
    so yea.... I'll need to work on that

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    So in the recruitment packet it says the test has 105 cognitive and 50 non cognitive questions, and that matches exactly the Arlington test description. I just took Arlington's and didn't do as well as I would have liked, and I'm assuming its because of the non cognitive section. Can't believe people got 100's on that test without vet points, I normally test really well, and thats the first time I've not done well enough to move on. Has anyone taken both tests, are they the same?

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    Same test company different questions.

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    For all you certified guys - Houston is planning on testing sometime this fall for 2 Fast Track classes. Much better schedule and retirement than FWFD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RyanTX View Post
    For all you certified guys - Houston is planning on testing sometime this fall for 2 Fast Track classes. Much better schedule and retirement than FWFD.
    ...yeah and an ambulance, and less money:

    Fort Worth-
    Highest Salary $61,239
    Lowest Salary $50,377
    Median Salary $61,239
    Last Updated June 21, 2010

    Houston-
    Highest Salary $58,954
    Lowest Salary $36,846
    Median Salary $46,957
    Last Updated July 13, 2010

    (From Texastribune.org)

    Go make your own thread RyanTX

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    So I wasn't the only one who was rubbed the wrong way by bashing FWFD on the FWFD thread. Seemed inappropriate.

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    Houston has a confusing schedule but it is pretty good and they do have great retirement. But it's apples and oranges. Plus you'd have like a long ***** commute unless you actually want to live in Houston. I did know a guy living up here in DFW area driving down. That's why they have their unique schedule so guys can work trades to accommodate their long commutes. Now back to Fort Worth info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brockrocks View Post
    So I wasn't the only one who was rubbed the wrong way by bashing FWFD on the FWFD thread. Seemed inappropriate.
    Nice. Sensing a little hostility. I was not "bashing" the FWFD or trying to hijack the thread. Fort Worth is a great city, born and raised there, and FWFD is a great department. Let me say that again. The Fort Worth Fire Department is a great Fire Department. But... A few words about money and ambulance work. If you are in this for the money, especially for a few thousand dollars, do us all a favor and move on to your next professional endeavor. Secondly, if the ambulance a shift or two a month discourage you, then have fun. Remember, wherever you go. 80% EMS. For those of you looking to work for the FWFD then study hard, get your things in order, practice your interview skills and PT. Don't give up and go after your dream. But, for those looking to work for a big city in the state of Texas. I will again say that the rumor is, that HFD will be testing for a couple of certified classes again this fall.

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    ..nevermind (don't know why this posted twice)
    Last edited by laddermonkey76; 07-25-2011 at 04:18 PM.

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    ...nevermind
    Last edited by laddermonkey76; 07-25-2011 at 04:17 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RyanTX View Post
    . Secondly, if the ambulance a shift or two a month discourage you, then have fun. Remember, wherever you go. 80% EMS.
    80% of EMS when attending, transporting to the hospital, documentation, etc. is a lot different than 80% of EMS where all you do is get baseline vitals, help load the patient, then get back in the truck and go back to the station. I've done both. I know for a fact FW does the latter.

    Who would want to get on a meat-wagon and make bellyache calls (and you know this is what EMS mostly is) when you can be on a pumper or quint every day, every shift? For a dept, like FW, that still makes a fair amount of fire you stand a decent chance of masking up and going in. Something you can't do when you're on the box.

    I've talked to other FFs who've tried to convince me (and themselves) that making EMS
    runs on an ambulance isn't different than making them on an Engine. But after that 3am run when the Engine is crawling back into bed while the Medic is still at the hospital... yeah we know what the real answer to that is.

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    Has anyone received confirmation that they are cleared to take the exam?

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    Nope .

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    Anyone get anything on what the time the test will be or are they waiting until after the application period closes to send a mass email notification.

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    Anyone here how many have signed up to test?

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    Quote Originally Posted by schmidthouse7 View Post
    Anyone here how many have signed up to test?
    From what I have heard there are fewer now than the last process. As of about a week ago it was at about 2500, so the odds seem much better than before...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pyrofyter07 View Post
    From what I have heard there are fewer now than the last process. As of about a week ago it was at about 2500, so the odds seem much better than before...
    that is some really good news! I do like my odds better now Of course I expect to be the highest non-military score anyhow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brockrocks View Post
    that is some really good news! I do like my odds better now Of course I expect to be the highest non-military score anyhow!
    Apparently people that apply wait till the last minute though, because word today is somewhere around 4200 I believe. Regardless my best advice for the test is study what you can and when you get there just know its only your score that counts, don't get freaked out by the amount of people testing with you. If you are fortunate to move further in the process be sure to start running. Good Luck to all of y'all this is definitely an amazing Fire Department to be on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pyrofyter07 View Post
    Apparently people that apply wait till the last minute though, because word today is somewhere around 4200 I believe. Regardless my best advice for the test is study what you can and when you get there just know its only your score that counts, don't get freaked out by the amount of people testing with you. If you are fortunate to move further in the process be sure to start running. Good Luck to all of y'all this is definitely an amazing Fire Department to be on.
    4200, wow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pyrofyter07 View Post
    If you are fortunate to move further in the process be sure to start running.
    Run doesn't mean run 1.5mi at a 12:00 pace 3 days a week. Run sprints, run hills, sprint up hills. A good goal is sub-9:00 for a minimum of 2 miles but be ready to run 6-8.

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    Quote Originally Posted by agavegrove View Post
    Run doesn't mean run 1.5mi at a 12:00 pace 3 days a week. Run sprints, run hills, sprint up hills. A good goal is sub-9:00 for a minimum of 2 miles but be ready to run 6-8.
    Definitely true, for Fire Academy you will run quite a bit, so once again, a really good pair of shoes will be your best friend. We run at least two miles when we run in the academy.

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    2 questions:

    1. what time is the test?

    2. I can run 4.5 miles in roughly 40 mins usually a little less, how does that sound as of right now? I am not done, I would like to be at 7 or 8 miles in an hr but as a benchmark for now how is 4.5 in 40 mins?
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    I got my approval email today. Test is at 6:30

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    I received my acceptance email too! Good luck to everyone taking this test! Let me know if anyone wants to hook up, and tour Fort Worth and some FW stations as well. I am flying from North Dakota and will be renting a car. Safe travels to all, coming to the test!

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