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    Hopefully! The email says by 5 April, so we should find out in a week or so!


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    To those of you who have been selected to take the PAT, I wish you good luck. I looked at the video that was posted to the HFD's website. It looks pretty tasking, but definitely do-able.

    I also ask that you keep us updated with any information you may have for us candidates that still may be in the running for any future PATs that may be scheduled.

    Thank you, and once again, good luck.
    Nash

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    Default Haven't heard anything

    I scored an 88 on the written exam but haven't received any mail/email. I contacted Department of Human Resources and politely asked them what the qualifying score was for the physical and if they could double-check my records since I hadn't receieved anything yet. The woman on the other line said she couldn't help me--she told me she had no information for me and she couldn't tell me anything. She then referred me to HFD. I called HFD and the woman on the line told me to call Human Resources. I explained to her that I had called them first and they referred me to HFD. So she tells me she can't help me and that it's Human Resources I should be talking to. So, basically just waiting in limbo right now. If anyone can shed any light on what is currently taking place, please let me/us know.

    Aloha

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    How's it going guys. Just wanted to fill you guys in on what's been happening regarding the tests. I scored a 92 on the test and took the Swim/dive on April 29th, passed, and took the 10-event PAT on May 2nd. Passed everything and was given a slip of paper which read that Human resources were now referring our names to HFD and we will be called in order of written test scores for an oral interview. I heard from multiple people taking the PAT that they took people with a written test score of 89 and above. They physically tested about 80 people from what i seen. I'll let you guys know any news as soon as I find out.
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    Congrats Nalu! Thanks for the info too. 89 was the cutoff?? I guess one more year until the next physical. Good luck on the interview Nalu.

    Aloha

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    To those that have tested and passed the physical portion, how far along in the process are you? Have you been scheduled for interviews yet?

    Nash

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    Nash, didn't hear back from HFD yet. I'm not sure if they interviewed anyone with higher scores. I scored 92 for the written.

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    I've got an interview scheduled for next tuesday. I think they scheduled most of the interviews during next week

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    How's it guys. Just had the interview. It was a formal interview consisting of about 10 basic questions. Didn't take longer than 20 minutes. We are supposed to receive word by October 4th as to whether or not we are moving on to the next step (background check, drivers abstract).
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    Anyone heard when they are doing the PAT again?

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    No word on the next PAT, but all abstracts were due yesterday, and fingerprinting and physicals are happening next week and the following weeks.

    Class tentatively starts Jan 13, 2014

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    Anybody have an idea of how many candidates they will be taking in for the training class?

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    Just signed my Offer letter today. HR rep said they are trying to get about 23-25 recruits in the class. Next step is to go buy uniforms, and go to the Orientation on 11-Jan-2014, then class starts on 13-Jan-2014.

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    Aloha guys,

    I'm considering taking the next upcoming written exam that the HFD will conduct. Had a few questions for the guys in the HFD or currently in the recruitment class:

    - Is it highly suggested to take the Fire Science course at HCC?
    - Get EMT-B certified?


    Although I have read and heard that it is not necessary to have those certifications, I'm sure it would look great on my resume. But because I currently have a full-time job and have (2) young kids at home, I'm not sure if I'd want to tackle 2-years of college (if it's not necessary).

    At the least, I was planning to get EMT-B certified and do tons of prep-exam studying so I'll be mentally primed come exam time.

    Looking forward to all your advise and suggestions, Mahalo!

    - Joe

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    Hey Joe,
    The best advice I can give is to actually focus on your test preparation that literally does not require any fire science or EMT knowledge. The test focuses on reading comprehension and mathematical/logical principles. You have a handful of map reading and visual logic as well. The key is to be fast and accurate as after the last written test in July 2012, the initial cutoff score was 89 out of 100 (correct answers). You can find a few "prep tests" online and your hard earned money might be better spent initially on test preparation than HCC or EMT-B cert.

    From the written exam selection comes out "the list", every step after that is pass/fail so your recruitment ranking is based on the written test.

    The Fire Recruit position does not require the HCC course of EMT-B certification. For the panel interview, I would focus on how your life experiences (employment, volunteering, sports, family) have prepared you to enter this career.

    I hope this helps. Ask away if you have more questions,

    Arnaud
    I will be joining the 100th HFD Recruit class on 7/21/14

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arnaud Adam View Post
    Hey Joe,
    The best advice I can give is to actually focus on your test preparation that literally does not require any fire science or EMT knowledge. The test focuses on reading comprehension and mathematical/logical principles. You have a handful of map reading and visual logic as well. The key is to be fast and accurate as after the last written test in July 2012, the initial cutoff score was 89 out of 100 (correct answers). You can find a few "prep tests" online and your hard earned money might be better spent initially on test preparation than HCC or EMT-B cert.

    From the written exam selection comes out "the list", every step after that is pass/fail so your recruitment ranking is based on the written test.

    The Fire Recruit position does not require the HCC course of EMT-B certification. For the panel interview, I would focus on how your life experiences (employment, volunteering, sports, family) have prepared you to enter this career.

    I hope this helps. Ask away if you have more questions,

    Arnaud
    I will be joining the 100th HFD Recruit class on 7/21/14
    Thank you for the advice Arnaud!

    I just ordered "Norman Hall's Firefighter Exam Preparation Book". Is there any other prep-exam books that are relevant to the HFD exam(s)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhip View Post
    Aloha guys,

    I'm considering taking the next upcoming written exam that the HFD will conduct. Had a few questions for the guys in the HFD or currently in the recruitment class:

    - Is it highly suggested to take the Fire Science course at HCC?
    - Get EMT-B certified?


    Although I have read and heard that it is not necessary to have those certifications, I'm sure it would look great on my resume. But because I currently have a full-time job and have (2) young kids at home, I'm not sure if I'd want to tackle 2-years of college (if it's not necessary).

    At the least, I was planning to get EMT-B certified and do tons of prep-exam studying so I'll be mentally primed come exam time.

    Looking forward to all your advise and suggestions, Mahalo!

    - Joe
    Hey Joe,
    I wouldnt worry about getting EMT or taking a FS course. Most of the present recruit class doesn't have or hasn't had EMT-T or Fire Science courses under their belt.
    Focus on getting a high score on the test and a chance to sit in front of the interview panel. Have they released the next testing date yet? Last I heard they were going to try to take another 40 or so off the present list for another class starting at the beginning of the year.


    Quote Originally Posted by jhip View Post
    Is there any other prep-exam books that are relevant to the HFD exam(s)?
    Unless they do something drastically different for the next test, it should be 100 multiple choice questions that aren't fire specific. Norman Hall's is what a lot of people use. You should be good!

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    Howzit everyone,

    Have a quick question for those of you in the current recruit class; What has been the most challenging aspect in your training so far? (mental/physical?) And if you could go back before the start of it, what would you have done to better prepare yourself to meet those challenges you now face?

    Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Aloha!

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    Just an idea, if you can afford to take the test on the outer islands I would highly recommend doing so. I took the most recent Maui fire exam, which had many of same questions (word for word) as the last HFD test. The outer islands also seem to test more frequently than HFD. I believe I ended up waiting 4yrs for the last one to come around. Either way it wouldn't hurt getting in as much practice as you can. Study hard and good luck!

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    I believe the HFD personnel are trained to the first responder level.

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