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    Quote Originally Posted by Truck-10-VES View Post
    Awesome man. Congratulations. Now set up a deferred comp.
    Can't stress that enough. County pays 3% of your salary into the account. Even if you dont contribute (which you should!), they put 3% of your salary in. Free money!!!
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    Just out of curiosity, being from out of state but holding a paramedic license, coule you apply at HCFR as a single role paramedic and evetually transfer over to the fire side? I noticed that they take applications for paramedic only, was wondering since my fire certs are from out of state that I could get hired as a paramedic and eventually go to the academy and obtain my ffII in FL

    Thanks guys

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    Quote Originally Posted by tp0916emt View Post
    Just out of curiosity, being from out of state but holding a paramedic license, coule you apply at HCFR as a single role paramedic and evetually transfer over to the fire side? I noticed that they take applications for paramedic only, was wondering since my fire certs are from out of state that I could get hired as a paramedic and eventually go to the academy and obtain my ffII in FL

    Thanks guys
    Not sure how it is now, used to be 3 years after you achieve standalone status (roughly a year, 1196 hours on the box you could test), then I heard just one year. But FMI us a promotion for HCFR now, not just automatic.
    Give them a call, look them up on facebook. They are very accessible and ready to answer questions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tp0916emt View Post
    Just out of curiosity, being from out of state but holding a paramedic license, coule you apply at HCFR as a single role paramedic and evetually transfer over to the fire side? I noticed that they take applications for paramedic only, was wondering since my fire certs are from out of state that I could get hired as a paramedic and eventually go to the academy and obtain my ffII in FL

    Thanks guys
    HCFR only hires firefighter/emt and paramedic positions now. both can apply for firemedic whenever there is an opening.

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    Anyone know what HCFR is looking for score wise on the fire team?

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    HCFR has opened up their hiring process again for the postion of Firefighter/EMT...

    Date Opened 5/3/2013 12:01:00 PM
    Filing Deadline 5/17/2013 11:59:00 AM
    Salary $38,663.00 - $58,381.00/year

    Minimum Qualifications MUST be attained before the recruitment ending date.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    Graduation from high school or possession of a GED Certificate; and
    Possession of a valid State of Florida Firefighter's Certificate of Compliance; and
    Possession of a valid State of Florida Emergency Medical Technician certification; and
    Successfully passing the National Testing Network (NTN) administered Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) within the past 12 months; and
    Completion of the NTN Fire Team Test within the past 12 months; and
    Possession of a valid Florida Driver License.

    SPECIAL NOTE: Hillsborough County Reserve Responders will be given preference.
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    Any idea how many they're looking to hire? They just put a class through.


    Quote Originally Posted by Westside_35 View Post
    HCFR has opened up their hiring process again for the postion of Firefighter/EMT...

    Date Opened 5/3/2013 12:01:00 PM
    Filing Deadline 5/17/2013 11:59:00 AM
    Salary $38,663.00 - $58,381.00/year

    Minimum Qualifications MUST be attained before the recruitment ending date.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    Graduation from high school or possession of a GED Certificate; and
    Possession of a valid State of Florida Firefighter's Certificate of Compliance; and
    Possession of a valid State of Florida Emergency Medical Technician certification; and
    Successfully passing the National Testing Network (NTN) administered Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) within the past 12 months; and
    Completion of the NTN Fire Team Test within the past 12 months; and
    Possession of a valid Florida Driver License.

    SPECIAL NOTE: Hillsborough County Reserve Responders will be given preference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bestcoast858 View Post
    Any idea how many they're looking to hire? They just put a class through.
    the rumor is 10 to replace those who didn't make it through orientation over the last few hires.

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    Yikes. So it will basically be all reserves then since they get first preference.

    Quote Originally Posted by reebokHCFR View Post
    the rumor is 10 to replace those who didn't make it through orientation over the last few hires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bestcoast858 View Post
    Yikes. So it will basically be all reserves then since they get first preference.
    you never know. "given preference" can mean a lot of things. I don't think it means they're guaranteed. I know of two reservists who aren't even applying.

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    Thanks for your input, I assume that you're on with them from your username.

    Are the engines BLS? Do they respond with the rescues? What station is the busiest in the county? Once again, thanks for responding.


    Quote Originally Posted by reebokHCFR View Post
    you never know. "given preference" can mean a lot of things. I don't think it means they're guaranteed. I know of two reservists who aren't even applying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bestcoast858 View Post
    Are the engines BLS? Do they respond with the rescues? What station is the busiest in the county? Once again, thanks for responding.
    basically everything is ALS. the only ones that aren't are the air trucks and tankers, and one engine way down south that runs less than one call per shift on average. we have a tiered response which is dispatched alpha, brave, charlie, delta. alpha gets a bls unit only (private company). bravo gets an engine and maybe a bls depending on the nature (medical alarm, person down, traffic crash). charlie is rescue only (there aren't too many of these). delta is engine and rescue (chest pain, difficulty breathing, etc.) these are the basic responses, but they can all vary in different ways. Station 14 is the busiest.

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    On probation, do they put the rookies at busier stations? Do they split your time up on a truck and engine?

    Quote Originally Posted by reebokHCFR View Post
    basically everything is ALS. the only ones that aren't are the air trucks and tankers, and one engine way down south that runs less than one call per shift on average. we have a tiered response which is dispatched alpha, brave, charlie, delta. alpha gets a bls unit only (private company). bravo gets an engine and maybe a bls depending on the nature (medical alarm, person down, traffic crash). charlie is rescue only (there aren't too many of these). delta is engine and rescue (chest pain, difficulty breathing, etc.) these are the basic responses, but they can all vary in different ways. Station 14 is the busiest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bestcoast858 View Post
    On probation, do they put the rookies at busier stations? Do they split your time up on a truck and engine?
    not really. I think we've hired 250+ in the last year or two, so you go where the need is. you have to be truck qualified now to be on a truck. and we only have 4 trucks, so...

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    Quote Originally Posted by reebokHCFR View Post
    not really. I think we've hired 250+ in the last year or two, so you go where the need is. you have to be truck qualified now to be on a truck. and we only have 4 trucks, so...
    Holy crap. What are they up to, badge #1400 or so?
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    right at 1300 now

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    Quote Originally Posted by reebokHCFR View Post
    right at 1300 now
    Wow. If I had stayed.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by bestcoast858 View Post
    Thanks for your input, I assume that you're on with them from your username.

    Are the engines BLS? Do they respond with the rescues? What station is the busiest in the county? Once again, thanks for responding.
    Let me start off by saying this is a great department to work for. One of the best in the nation. Like reebok said, with the exception air trucks and tankers and one engine down south, everything is ALS. With that being said, if you are planning on applying to work for Hillsborough, BLS should never to mind unless you want to ride backwards your whole career. For new hires, in order to be promoted anymore you have to have your paramedic.

    Station 14 is the busiest, with Engine 5 being the busiest out of station 14. From what I have gathered so far it seems like Bat 1 and 3 see alot of fire, but the county as a whole gets their share.

    Also like reebok said, with the amount of people hired just within the last 6 months, 3 classes 25+, mine was 39 people, we lost 4, they send you where ever they need you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Westside_35 View Post

    Station 14 is the busiest, with Engine 5 being the busiest out of station 14. From what I have gathered so far it seems like Bat 1 and 3 see alot of fire, but the county as a whole gets their share.
    Didn't 14A get listed as one of the nations busiest Engine Cos one year?
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    yeah. 14A is now engine 5. they built a new station 14, and they are remodelling the old one and that is going to be station 5 now.
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