You wanna make a good impression? Show up clean shaven, in a suit, with all the ****ing documents in order as they asked for. If you are claiming veterans credit then just provide the required documents to prove such. It's not that people don't appreciate/like what you've done for the country, but you have to understand that each investigator has a huge caseload for the various classes they're constantly working on filling. The only person you speak to in this regard is your investigator, and while it's good to have a good working relationship with them throughout the process, at the end of the day they're another civil service employee just like what you hope to be, they aren't the chief that makes the final call on whether to hire you or not.
re John Jay: I've gone to John Jay on and off for years. It's a good school, though you shouldn't go there just because you are hoping to get on FDNY. The college credit requirements for the department are fulfilled with credits from anywhere/anything, so do something you want to do, or something that could get you a side job (paramedic, RN, etc). That said, I have a BA in Fire and Emergency Services. I took classes at Randall's Island and at Fort Totten before I joined FDNY and the experience was rewarding and helped motivate me to keep working towards this direction. The degree is fairly useless though because it isn't fire science. A friend on the job got a fire science: arson investigation degree from JJay and it saved his career when he hurt his knee so bad that he would have been put out 3/4 in his 20s. Now he's getting fairly high up in investigations/prevention thanks to being able to take a job there when they said he could never go full duty again.
If you are going to go to JJay for undergrad there's a few things you should know. If you are going to do the fire related degrees: Fire Science probably has more real world applications, but it also requires some sciences, the science classes at JJay are f*cking tough. They use 1st year chem as a weedout for their forensics majors. I got through it with A's, but it was not easy. Fire and Emergency Services is a mix of fire science classes and public admin classes. I liked it, but I'm not sure what I would do with it other than go to grad school and get some sort of management degree. Coincidentally I started the masters of public administration program at JJay, intending to do emergency management. I still liked the public administration courses, but I really hated the emergency management stuff. Maybe it's an age thing, but at this age I just don't care to talk about big picture, boring management stuff like that.
Anyone OTJ (fire and EMS) can take undergrad classes at JJay and be reimbursed. It's not 100%, but it's still a substantial amount of money. They will not pay for grad classes.
is the dept stretched thing right now because of all the disaster? curious how bad they are feeling it.
Support Merit Matters, pray that NG gets canned and that #6019 is back in the Mix.
When are the people from EMS scheduled to start taking their medicials and CPAT?
I second that, it's going to be a never ending issue if we just don't move on.
On a separate note guys, consider doing whatever you can to help the folks down in Breezy Point/Rockaway. I went to high school with a lot of these guys, good people down there, and they have a HUGE community of FDNY guys that were probably affected by the hurricane pretty badly.
Anyone get any good workouts in at home while holed up during the storm? I'd imagine a lot of gyms are closed right now so lets all share any good at-home workout tips we've got.
Some ideas I came up with:
-Lots and lots of pushups. Regular ones, decline pushups (feet up on a coffee table), incline pushups (hands on a coffee table)
-Most ab work doesn't require a machine. Situps, Leg raises, etc
-Tricep dips. Try them off a coffee table or the side of your bed!
-Torturous exercises til failure (how long can you hold a squat, a leg raise, etc)
What else? Anyone know any exercises they do at the Rock that don't require equipment?
planks, pull ups if you have one of those things to hang in a door frame. kettle bells.
An abmat makes doing crunches more challenging and also less painful on your back. Kind of expensive for what it is though.
You guys talking about working out and I'm on my 5th week of rest after going gym crazy for 5 years straight lol. I must admit my body feels amazing. 3 more weeks to go and I'm back at it!
I may go ahead and get one then. I spend dough like a f'n Rockefeller these days anyway, I don't see the difference. Thanks for the heads up...
Anyone have gas they want to sell me?:eek:
The issue of granting retroactive seniority to candidates based on race and how that alone makes Garaufis' ruling impermissible since, if there are ever layoffs they would be effectively race based is a good point. Hope the second circuit court takes notice.
I'm just trying to not let my GI bill go to waste.. I have no interest in anything outside of the firefighting world..and I'm not going to go to school for something I dont want to do of what doesn't intrest me....I know the degree won't help me get hired here.. But the GI bill will pay me very well while I wait..