Hey everyone, I just found out that LAFD has a sub page on a website called Reddit, and their account seems to be relatively active. I started a topic there to ask their personnel questions, and I think they'll respond if we get a bit of activity over there. Here's the link: http://www.reddit.com/r/LAFD/comment...in_the_mayors/
I'm sure it does suck for those who were getting their affairs in order to start an academy. Again, that is not the mayor's fault. The fault lies with those who approved the process or looked the other way knowing full well of its ramifications.
I think the problem that most people are having is with the word "cutoff". Those that did not make the first round of interviews were still in the process and would be interviewed at a later date. Not everyone passed the interview, backgrounds, the panel, med/psych. Some may have been picked up by other departments. There was a good chance that more people would have been interviewed considering the amount of people the department needed to hire.
Are people going to make a big deal if County decides to do the lottery again like they've done in the past? That really is a"cutoff".
I'm not defending his actions. I don't live in LA and don't even live in the county.
I do know that it doesn't help that LAFD was under a federal decree for a long time because of proven favoritism and nepotism.
If FD's were serious about an objective process to recruit and hire the most qualified they would do away with the interview and weight the written and physical and establish a list using those criteria.
But it was stated. CPATs WILL BE PROCESSED IN THE ORDER THEY ARE RECEIVED. People had three options: email, in person, or regular mail. It's common sense that email would be the fastest. You're going to tell me that people are able to pay $150 to take the CPAT and not willing to go to a library or spend a couple bucks to go to FedEx/Kinkos, or borrow a friend/Family members computer?
Also, there was no one minute cut off. They reached the number of people needed for the first round of interviews in the first minute. There is a difference. One states: we will keep the window open for the first round for ONE minute. The other: we will take x number of people for the first round of interviews. It just so happened that they reached that number in about a minute. Back to CPATs WILL BE PROCESSED IN THE ORDER THAT THEY ARE RECEIVED.
Again, the level playing field that is the purpose of Civil Service was not in play.
I don't get why people are still arguing with this person, they've clearly made up their mind that they are right and you are wrong regardless of what your argument may be.
I'm not saying that there shouldn't be an investigation to definitively prove/disprove that something wrong is/isn't going on. I'm just saying that wasting thousands of tax payer dollars, at a time when the department is desperate for new firefighters is wrong and irresponsible.
Article I found on recruit911.com:
New statement by UFLAC:
IAFF doing their part to get the word out on Garcetti's "fatally flawed" decision.
hey everyone looking to contact the 70 recruits that were supposed to be in the june academy. Please private message me your contact information.
Trying to contact u but the iphone makes it most difficult. I'll get you back tomorrow when I actually have a computer handy.
Any new info/insight?
LAFD Fire commission had a special meeting on 4/23 but no audio has been posted as of yet.