Wow, this whole thread took a turn. Not that I'm surprised - some websites have been sued for less than what appears here. I am with Fuss and Philly10 - I don't give a F what color you are outside, it's your character that counts. Workers and bums come in all colors. There's black guys on this job I'd give my left nut for, there's white guys on this job that - well, I can't say it because then it's "premeditated". That said, there does appear to be a concerted effort by some in power to try to manipulate various portions of the process to benefit black candidates. It is ironic though - the ones who keep saying blacks can't compete are black, so who's the racist? There is racial tension in this job, in this city, and I think it fair that any candidate know that prior to applying. Suffice to say, it's not enough for me to dissuade anyone from going for it, we're still the best job in the world.
ANYWAY, there have been a few questions thrown out about the hiring process, academy, etc., so let's get this back on track.
Hiring prospects - have had numerous PMs and questions about "How many openings? Are they really gonna hire, or this making a list just to make a list? How many classes? How many in a class?" Etc., etc., etc.
This is simple and difficult to answer. The simple part is, we have (a lot of - maybe 200?) openings now, and are projected to get many more openings. Each month there are some who retire. In 2013, there is a big projection of I think 150+ who are going to "DROP" at the same time. So over the course of the list, there will be HUNDREDS of vacancies. Typically we get about 5 classes from a hiring list, and put about 80-90 in a class.What's the academy like? Etc.
The complication is what the City does in terms of cuts. The current mayor has permanently cut 5 engines and 2 ladder companies, to the tune of 120 ositions lost. Additionally, they permanently cut some 57 unfilled vacancies in companies that had the minimum or less assigned. That doesn't even mention the 3 companies we "brown out" everyday - no positions were lost by that move. There are all kinds of rumors about the possibility of more cuts, reductions, and so on. So while there are hundreds of vaccancies planned, we may reduce by attrition instead of replacing those members.
As mentioned above, "Disney on the Delaware" (your interpretation, it's fun to go train, or it's a Mickey Mouse operation) is still in the NE and is a bootcamp-style academy lasting about 5 months. The typical day starts with formation, then PT, then classroom and/or practical work and ends with housework. PT is usually 1/2 hour of calisthenics then a group/formation run. "Push'em ups", leg lifts, mountain climbers, sit-ups, etc. As you go further in the academy they build the run to greater distances, first day is I think a mile, at the end you're doing a couple miles. Hiring process - "Will this test be easy? What is the test format? How does this test compare to others you have taken?" Etc.
It's been mentioned, the first so many weeks are EMT class, even if you're an EMT, a paramedic, a nurse, or a trauma surgeon you still have to sit there and become an EMT again. The fireside takes the remainder of time, and by the end now you get FF-II, HazMat OPS, BVR, etc.
I don't know much about this test coming up, other than what is on the City website. I have never seen the test of the type they are now using, so I cannot compare it to what I took. The only test I took was the old "coloring book" test. It was a study guide as stupid as a coloring book, and if you memorized the book , you got 100 on the test. I took it once, didn't really study that hard, and got 96. I was hired with no vet points, etc., so it can/could be done.
I have heard some horrible things in the last few days, I don't know if they're true. The new one is a two part test (TPM and WSI) - one has a study guide (and presumably real, defined answers), the other has no study material AND "no correct answers". The rumors I hear: The study guide part will be 100 questions, and pass/fail. No word on what exactly is pass or fail, though. Maybe you need to get 10 right, maybe you need 85 right. The other section, with "no correct answers", will be 6-8 questions and will be graded. But instead of a straight grade, and corresponding ranking, the grades will be "banded" so maybe a 85 is consdiered the same as a 90, etc. Of course with so few qestions in this section, that won't matter because everyone will be in the same grade/rank groups from the get go. I really hope I'm wrong (and my source as well) about that.