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    Default Cobb County, GA is Hiring

    You have until Dec. 23rd, 2011 to apply. Click on the link below for all the information you might need. Questions?

    http://fire.cobbcountyga.gov/employment.htm
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    Just wondering if they are just making an eligibilty list or if they actually plan on making a class?

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    The list is exhausted as of right now. We usually get around 1,000 applicants every time we hire. They pick the top 200 of the written test to move on to the physical agility test. The remaining get booted throughout the rest of the process. I believe they'll be hiring 25 this go around.
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    Judging from where your from, do you work for CCFES?

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    Yeah, for Cobb.
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    Do you know when they plan on having the next class?

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    The class is scheduled to start in August.
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    Put my app in on the first day it opened up...

    @IronsMaiden does Cobb County do Civilian Ride A Longs?

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    HazMat 20,

    Ride alongs are only done with the battalion chiefs.
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    Wonder if you ever run across this guy working in Cobb County?

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    @IronsMaiden What all needs to be done for a ride along?

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    Just call Fire HQ at 770-528-8000 and ask.
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    1. Does Cobb County give preference to local applicants and/or veterans, or is it based soley on written test scores and the 11 event PAT?

    2. Is the work schedule 24/48 and are their opportunities for overtime? What about Kelly days?

    3. Does Cobb County offer job security?

    4. Does Cobb County run any Medics or strictly EMTs?

    5. After successful completion of the academy, are you just assigned at any house throughtout the county? Is residency requirements anywhere within the county or is it based on a certain number of miles away from your station?

    6. Do they have a manadatory retirement age or after so many years?

    7. How are pensions determined?


    Any answers would be greatly appreciated.

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    is it paid training?

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    Here are the answers to some of the questions I have received. Sorry for the delay.


    1. Does Cobb County give preference to local applicants and/or veterans, or is it based soley on written test scores and the 11 event PAT?
    -- Veterans, past FF experience, EMS experience, fire science degrees, county employees transfering to the fire dept. from another job in the county all get an extra boost. They also like to see applicants that have experience in team sports...shows character and the ability to take orders well. I'm not certain if that boost comes before the written test score placement or not.
    (Example: I was a firefighter/emt-b in Arkansas with 10 years experience, I have a 4 yr Fire Admin degree, and I played women's rugby. I was an EMT-B and was FF2 certified through IFSAC. I still had to attend the entire recruit school to change my IFSAC FF2 to NPQ FF2 and change my EMT-B to an EMT-I. There is talk about starting a fast track recruit school for recruits that already have their NPQ FF2 and EMT-I.)


    2. Is the work schedule 24/48 and are their opportunities for overtime? What about Kelly days?
    -- We work a 24/48 (no Kelly days). There are tons of OT opps (fire education, Q&A, etc.)


    3. Does Cobb County offer job security?
    -- Based on senority...


    4. Does Cobb County run any Medics or strictly EMTs?
    -- We have medics and EMT-I's...no EMT-B's. Recruit school is 6 months long (3 months fire, 3 months emt-i). If you're already an emt-i or above, you go straight to the field after the three month fire school.


    5. After successful completion of the academy, are you just assigned at any house throughtout the county? Is residency requirements anywhere within the county or is it based on a certain number of miles away from your station?
    -- There is no residency requirement. After recruit school, some recruits get lucky when they pick/receive the battalion/shift of their choice. You will change stations at least twice during your probationary period, but you will stay in your batt/shift.


    6. Do they have a manadatory retirement age or after so many years?
    -- No mandatory retirement or hiring age limit.


    7. How are pensions determined?
    -- You can contribute to the GA FF's Pension fund monthly, along with other forms of def. comp, 401K, etc.


    8. Is it paid training?
    -- Yes, full pay during recruit training. Your pay increases once you finish your probationary period.


    9. Specialty pay? There's a 5% increase in pay for being a medic, being on the hazmat team, being on the techincal rescue team, and being on the medical ops team (swat medics).


    10. Is there a yearly physical agility test?
    -- Yes, everyone takes it once a year and you must pass.


    Other plus points: College course reimbursement, great diversity (race, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation), new equipment/trucks, great advancement opps, shift swap opps, family environment. When I got hired on, Cobb was in the top 5 of county FD's in the nation. We're a very progressive fire dept. Of course we suffered b/c of the economy, but who didn't. We never let any employees go. We had two furlough days last year, but we have gotten past that and no more furlough days are in our future.

    Note: The hiring process is grueling. DO NOT LIE AT ANY POINT. If you have ever smoked pot, it's ok to admit it...I did. The psych test is an all day process and the lie detector test is nerve wracking, even if you're sweet and innocent like me! The county has a strict policy on lying. If you lie, you're fired...simple as that. If you're a liar, I don't want to work with you anyway. The county has an internal affairs dept. that will look at everything you have ever done. This is why the hiring process takes 7-10 months. If you lie, they will find out. A few years ago, they fired an entire police recruit class b/c some of them cheated on a test.
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    That's weird; I've never been turned down from just the initial application process... even have 3 or 4 more processes that I am in the middle of. Wonder if they have incredibly high standards? ...Maybe I checked a box "yes" that I meant to check "no" or something, strange though.

    Good luck ya'll! It was a little far from home for me anyway.

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    Just checked the mine, and it says In Progress.. You get an e-mail saying you were rejected?

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    If you're interested, you can call and find out why your application was rejected.
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    Yeah, got an email stating that I did not fit the requirements. Does it say anything about needing NREMT or any pre-fire experience? I have a bachelor's but no experience.

    I'll probably give them a call after the holidays pass just for future reference, thanks.

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    Anyone who applied get an email about the test date yet? I know the test date will be between Jan 10th - 12th. But I haven't seen anything yet. The website does have an email address to follow up with if we don't hear anything by Jan 6th.

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    Got mine today

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    I just got mine today...

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    i also got mine today. wish i would have had more notice though seeing as i live in ohio, but can't win if i don't play

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    got mine today also

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