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    Yea I have been. I was in the process last year and have family down there so it wasn't too bad...but Dallas or bust! I am already a career firefighter and dallas is where I want to end up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HanoverFF View Post
    Yea I have been. I was in the process last year and have family down there so it wasn't too bad...but Dallas or bust! I am already a career firefighter and dallas is where I want to end up.
    Plenty of towns in Dfw metroplex that are testing now and through the year, with less competition

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    els1377, You are correct. The entire hiring process is pass/fail. You aren't given a grade, but rather a status of pass or fail. The final rank is based on your panel interview score.

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    Guys I would reconsider working for Dallas it seems all good but I have worked for
    DFD for 7 years and have had one raise. We (the department) actually took a pay cut
    And I am only now making more than a brand new recruit. You can go to any other major city in the state and make more than we do. Also it's not just the pay you also have to ride an ambulance and we have historically had the busiest ambulances in the state and some of the busiest In The u.s. just an FYI for all of yall that are gungho about working for the big "D".

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    If you're going to be a firefighter, in any city, for the paycheck, you're in the wrong line of business. Dallas does not make it any secret that a majority of their work is on the box, and they make their pay scale public as well. I work for Dallas because I love the city, the history, and what DFD stands for. I joined this department to help people, and one of the best ways to do so is on the ambulance. If you're coming to Dallas to fight a lot of fire, you might be disappointed. However, if you want to join Dallas to become a part of something bigger than you, then you're in the right place. Go to work with a positive attitude, ready to help people, and you'll be happy. On the flip-side, go to work mad, because you haven't gotten a raise, other cities make more, and you have to ride the box....then maybe one of those other cities is better suited for you. Good luck to everyone in the hiring process. This is an awesome job and an awesome city. Don't worry about what a few bitter people say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kcam23 View Post
    If you're coming to Dallas to fight a lot of fire, you might be disappointed.
    Dallas does fight it's fair share of fires. Remember, much of Dallas' buildings are older and not going anywhere anytime soon. Most of the fires in Dallas, as in any other major city, are regular ole' house fires. Many of the multiple-alarm fires are in apartments. You'll find that most departments, nationwide, fight most of their fires in those two types of buildings. Ever so often, you'll see a big fire in a commercial building that makes the 5 o'clock news but those are few and far between.

    Piggy-backing on the original post, in Dallas you will ride (and run the tires down to a nub) the ambulance a majority of the time. The three or four shifts per month you ride the engine or truck, you'll be busy as well - usually chasing the ambulance around your first-in district answering medical runs as a first-responder. You'll answer a few box alarms per shift and most of these will be minor fires if anything at all.

    The point is in Dallas (and in any other big city), you'll be busy - very busy. You'll spend the vast majority of your time answering EMS runs (regardless of the type of apparatus you riding that day). When you are on the box, you'll miss every meal, be up all night, and hopefully be back somewhere around relief time so you can go home before rush-hour traffic gets to crazy. When you are riding the engine or truck, you'll be very busy with all of the fire "stuff" - inspections, plug maintenance, training, station chores, cooking, and etc.

    Dallas, as with any other big city, is busy. If you like to work, then you'll like the big city. If you want to lay around the station playing X-Box and have a hard time interacting with and taking care of citizens who are either too lazy or don't care enough to take care of themselves, then you will make yourself (and everyone you interact with) miserable.
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    Well said.

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    Kcam is crazy, crazy. Pamn.

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    The Craziest.

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    Don't get me wrong I love my job it's the best job in the world. The only thing I'm trying to say is after being beat down on the ambulance for nearly 6 yrs it would be nice to have the city have our backs and give us a raise, I still think Dallas is a great place to work im just trying to let these guys testing there are other cities in this great state that are willing to compensate their employees better. And when I got on I was not worried about the money this is what I have always wanted to do, but more money makes life easier. Plus I have the excellent pension to look forward to but these new guys get a crappy pension the same as tx municipal retierment system. I am proud to work for a big city and I still love my job, just trying to inform the next generation, and hopefully this will help them to make a more informed decision.

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    Thanks to you guys from DFR for the insight, it helps. Got my test date for the 25th. Anyone else?

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    I think everyone will be testing on the 25th this year since they are doing it at the convention center

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    I think you would be correct there sir

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    Does anyone know where you can find the ems protocols that DFR utilizes? I looked on their website but no luck.

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    @ Hanover we use the utsw Biotel protocol, I'm not sure if you can access it from outside their network

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    New to the site here. Found this forum last night and spent an hour or so reading over last years thread. Wow, just reading was making me nervous for you guys. It was like reading a 9 month story. Enjoyable to say the least just to read back on all your posts. I'll be testing on the 25th as well. No certs here, just a bachelors degree in business. I'm looking for a career change out of sales and being a firefighter for a big city has always been a passion of mine. Wanted to become a fireman out of college, but married a gorgeous woman and had to make money to support the family. Lately it has been burning at me inside to apply, and then I saw a buddy of mine post on facebook about Dallas hiring for 2013. So, here I am and hoping to make it to the end and wear that uniform with pride.

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    Good Luck BRCBRC. You're in for a great experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BRCBRC View Post
    New to the site here. Found this forum last night and spent an hour or so reading over last years thread. Wow, just reading was making me nervous for you guys. It was like reading a 9 month story. Enjoyable to say the least just to read back on all your posts. I'll be testing on the 25th as well. No certs here, just a bachelors degree in business. I'm looking for a career change out of sales and being a firefighter for a big city has always been a passion of mine. Wanted to become a fireman out of college, but married a gorgeous woman and had to make money to support the family. Lately it has been burning at me inside to apply, and then I saw a buddy of mine post on facebook about Dallas hiring for 2013. So, here I am and hoping to make it to the end and wear that uniform with pride.

    Get ff certified if you are in Tx and get paramedic , then start testing

    Fast way for ff cert;;;;


    http://www.trainingdivision.com/fire...ghter-academy/

    And if you are in Dfw area, it is local

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    Quote Originally Posted by fire49 View Post
    Get ff certified if you are in Tx and get paramedic , then start testing

    Fast way for ff cert;;;;


    http://www.trainingdivision.com/fire...ghter-academy/

    And if you are in Dfw area, it is local
    I appreciate that. If I put in about 2-3 hours a day how long would it take to get through the course?

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    not sure, best thing to do is give them a call

    great bunch of people, and there to help

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