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    I'm glad that I'm good enough to go over to Iraq and bleed, but I don't have the personality to be a firefighter in Philadelphia. gotta live this America.


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    Upsidedown - Wow, that college degree was a really wise investment. Unfortunately, the $80K you (unwisely) spent learning how to form complete sentences and "streamline thoughts" is not helping you get on the fire department.

    You should have saved that money and spent $500 on an EMT cert class (and the extra points). When it comes to getting on the PFD, your diploma isn't worth the paper it's printed on. I'm guessing you weren't a finance major?

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    what about the residency? Does the city really check into it or could there be a bunch of "Philadelphia" residents on the list that just got an address?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randomname2 View Post
    Upsidedown - Wow, that college degree was a really wise investment. Unfortunately, the $80K you (unwisely) spent learning how to form complete sentences and "streamline thoughts" is not helping you get on the fire department.
    I'm sorry. I should have been more clear with you. When I used the term "streamline thoughts" I was refering to your previous couple of posts. They are all over the place. Seriously, go back and read them. So, seeing your random ideas, I thought maybe you might have been drunk. Well, it turns out your just stupid.

    You tried to insult me by saying I was only capable of obtaining a high school diploma because of the neighborhood I live in (which a good number of FFs live in by the way), then when I corrected you, you tried to insult me for the exact opposite thing you origionally went with.

    The problem with a guy like you is you don't know your a toolbox, and I'm probably going to end up working with you.

    I'm no longer going to continue this discourse with you after this post. We're wasting everybodys time. If we do wind up working together, I hope we get stationed in the Northeast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MDFF26 View Post
    what about the residency? Does the city really check into it or could there be a bunch of "Philadelphia" residents on the list that just got an address?
    Residency is usually confirmed when you are investigated. You are required to submit documents such as lease agreements, mortgage paperwork, utility bills, etc.

    Oh and one more piece of advice for everyone out there- when you do move into the city, or if you are a resident and have not, you need to immediately register as a democrat. Vote how you want, but register as a democrat.
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    Upsidedown - Start putting that degree to more use. Your rank (~700) given possible spots available over the next 2 years (allegedly ~ 300) = a very, very slim chance of getting on.

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    You potentially new hires for Philly keep on running your mouths on here. What you don't know is that they have folks that read the forums and usually can detect who you are.


    If I was trying to get a job fresh out of the box, this would be the last place I would be popping off on.


    If you get hired prepare yourself for hard days at the academy. It begins early and goes all day. They don't let up on you and try to get you to drop out.


    After all if you can't make it through the academy you wouldn't have been worth a dime in the fire house.
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    Hey, come on guys. Let's do our best to try and lay off of each other. Let's try and show some positive talk. Maybe some guys have some cool stories they can share about the PFD, or more advice regarding the hiring process or even the academy. I just have noticed that many of you guys are lashing out at each other. Is it really going to solve anything or get you any further in your journey to become a firefighter?

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    Lawsuits. They are the ONLY thing to which this city, this administration, and this department responds. If you took the test, and haven't at least consulted legal counsel, you're on your own and SOL.

    (And BTW, 2/3 of the dept. lives in the NE, so if you're going to insult someone for living there, you've got a LOOOOOONG road ahead.)
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    Hey guys i need helping getting in contact with the HR department, i simply want to change the email address i put on my app, ive tried calling and emails to the hr department but nothing worked. that old email is no longer active and i cant receive updates. i got my rank on that website and though i know top 800 isnt much i still want some updates. any ideas on what i should try?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptOldTimer View Post
    You potentially new hires for Philly keep on running your mouths on here. What you don't know is that they have folks that read the forums and usually can detect who you are.


    If I was trying to get a job fresh out of the box, this would be the last place I would be popping off on.


    If you get hired prepare yourself for hard days at the academy. It begins early and goes all day. They don't let up on you and try to get you to drop out.


    After all if you can't make it through the academy you wouldn't have been worth a dime in the fire house.
    I couldn't agree more. I never came to this site before the test was given,I thought that I might be able to help give some info to ppl (the little that I knew). But all that it has turned into is one big bi&$h fest, guys that are not on the job talking like they know whats going on,and ppl trying to get a postion arguing amongst themselves. The more I read the more I relize that most guys don't deserve to be on the JOB and will probably make things worse then they are. For the guys that do really deserve it good luck. This will be the last post for me I can't deal with the *****-holes anymore,if any of you are lucky enough to end up on my crew, one be prepared to run and two if you act like you do on here you won't last very long and more then likely will end up outside with more then one person. I guess what I'm really trying to get at is don't be a d#ck and if that's to hard for you don't take the job.

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    Default Preparing for the academy (If I'm selected of course)

    Hey guys, I just wanted to share a great workout program I have been utilizing to prepare for the academy. That and a ruck march once a week to get used to carrying heavy weight for distance. Rescue Athlete | Advancing Human Evolution

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    I've been following this thread for awhile now before the test was given and after everybody took the exam. Here are my thoughts about the requirements for the position: I think the test should only be open to city residents. If they want to open the test to non-residents, then they should not have given extra points to those with their EMT and firefighter certs. It's not easy for Philadelphia residents to go and get their firefighter certifications, considering our fire department is made up of professionals (people who get paid to do the job) and not volunteers. I also don't think extra points should be given to EMTs, considering the academy will certify you to be an EMT. Someone on here suggested taking time out to get your EMT cert if you are serious about getting the job. Sure that sounds nice on an internet website, but it is difficult to take time out to earn your cert when you have a full time job. Especially if your job is based on shift work involving different days off and different hours each week, it's almost impossible to get your cert. I also hate how a lot of the suburban volunteers on here are talking like they are some kind of expert firefighting god and look down on city applicants, and those who aren't volunteers in general. The majority of Philly firefighters were NOT volunteer firefighters prior to getting on the job. Prior to the academy, they had no experience in the field, but they learned how to do the job by the veteran guys after they graduated from the academy. If the city only kept the book portion of the test and gave out no extra points, then I and most people from the city would have a higher rank. We may not be volunteer firefighters, but most of us won't complain and bicker with each other once we were to get on the job. Just like many of our friends who are tradesmen in labor unions throughout the city, we would show up to work on time, listen to the older guys about how to do the job, and then work hard doing the job without complaining. That's my 2 cents about this whole test and hiring process. Thank god hundreds of veteran firefighters are going to be retiring within the next 2 years because now they won't have to put up with these new recruits' BS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phillybornapplicant View Post
    Someone on here suggested taking time out to get your EMT cert if you are serious about getting the job. Sure that sounds nice on an internet website, but it is difficult to take time out to earn your cert when you have a full time job. Especially if your job is based on shift work involving different days off and different hours each week, it's almost impossible to get your cert.
    What makes you think that it's any easier for non-residents? Don't they have jobs, too? It's not like those guys just went to a station and said, "hey, I'd like a EMT card, please!" and one was handed to them. They earned their cert by taking a class...an option available to everybody, regardless of where they live.

    If the city only kept the book portion of the test and gave out no extra points, then I and most people from the city would have a higher rank.
    It sounds like you are trying to justify thinning out the herd to give yourself better odds. That's the easy way out. Make the field smaller to increase your odds rather than work harder to obtain a higher score, correct? Maybe you should find a way to get your EMT? You're right, it will be difficult if you have a crazy schedule. But it is not impossible. Then, you will have an advantage over the suburban volunteers, as well as those residents have not put forth the same initiative.
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    You have to love how you try to email the city and the email address is wrong and is returned to sender, and how the phone number..no one picks up and the voice mail box is full...wow...wow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigGriffC12 View Post
    You have to love how you try to email the city and the email address is wrong and is returned to sender, and how the phone number..no one picks up and the voice mail box is full...wow...wow.
    If I have said it once, I have said it 650,000 times.....Any information you need to send to the City such as documents, change of address, or any other important correspondence that could affect your placement on the list or even if you get a job offer- You need to send it in writing, and via a registered letter with a return receipt.

    If you kids think that email is the cure-all, by all means, you go right ahead and continue to rely on it.
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    Well, today is the final day to send HR your emt and FF1 certifications. I wonder how long before they issue the next list and I wonder how many people who scored 100's on the test will be bumped up too 102 above me. Lets hope I don't drop 60 ranks because people didn't file them on time...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JonBomb6 View Post
    Well, today is the final day to send HR your emt and FF1 certifications. I wonder how long before they issue the next list and I wonder how many people who scored 100's on the test will be bumped up too 102 above me. Lets hope I don't drop 60 ranks because people didn't file them on time...

    Candidates must possess and must submit documentation of the above certifications no later than November 19, 2011.

    Requests for additional points submitted after November 19, 2011 will not be approved.

    I wonder if you have to show proof that they were submitted previously and not credited. Otherwise you are just late and they shouldn't be accepted. Right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FWDbuff View Post
    If I have said it once, I have said it 650,000 times.....Any information you need to send to the City such as documents, change of address, or any other important correspondence that could affect your placement on the list or even if you get a job offer- You need to send it in writing, and via a registered letter with a return receipt.

    If you kids think that email is the cure-all, by all means, you go right ahead and continue to rely on it.
    Buff, I understand..I just can't understand why with soo many people out of work, that people with jobs can't do them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stogie81 View Post
    Candidates must possess and must submit documentation of the above certifications no later than November 19, 2011.

    Requests for additional points submitted after November 19, 2011 will not be approved.

    I wonder if you have to show proof that they were submitted previously and not credited. Otherwise you are just late and they shouldn't be accepted. Right?
    Thats what I was thinking... Maybe this 30 day period they stated in the e-mail is for individuals who sent in the cert. with the application but never received the points due to error. I'd love to know the answer to that.

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