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    Default Pros and Cons of Austin fire department?

    I am lieutenant for a fire department in Ms. I have been here over 10 years. However, I'm looking for something that pays more. I want to be able to provide more for my family. I currently make around 43k. I was looking at Austin pay scale I would make an extra $450-600 a month on top of what their firefighters make. I have been looking at federal jobs with FEMA then I saw Austin was hiring. I'm undecided on if I want to give up 10+ years to start over with another fire department or stick with applying for federal jobs. Could someone that works for Austin fire department give me some pros and cons of your department?

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    Heard nothing but cons

    They did have a hiring process a couple years ago, hopefully they have fixed it

    Also have you compared cost of living???

    Are you paramedic???

    Check weekly

    http://www.tcfp.texas.gov/job_postings/jobs.asp

    At lot less competition if paramedic

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    What cons have you heard? I'm not a paramedic. If its that hard to get on I might not take the test, because its going to cost me about $500 to get on. I have to take the bus there, which is cheaper than driving and pay to get my IFSAC transferred over to Texas. I did check the cost of living according to cnn magazine it's 8% more to live in Austin. What was the hiring process?
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    Do a search there are a few threads on Austin

    Like I said have not heard nothing bad, they just had a hiring process glitch

    If entry check some of the other tx jobs

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    I have tried to search for some thread and couldn't find anything. I will search again.

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    Good department, good operations and equipment, very good people. Big city, liberal ran, diversity style issues they have to fight through. I would be concerned about their retirement plan as the city hemorages money.

    Traffic in Austin is a bitch. They do shift change at noon, which helps.

    They do get paid very well.
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    Stand alone retirement


    http://www.afrs.org/history.htm
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    What do they mean by lateral hiring process? I figured I would be a shoe in if I passed the tests, being that I would already be a certified Texas firefighter already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FiremanLyman View Post
    Good department, good operations and equipment, very good people. Big city, liberal ran, diversity style issues they have to fight through. I would be concerned about their retirement plan as the city hemorages money.

    Traffic in Austin is a bitch. They do shift change at noon, which helps.

    They do get paid very well.
    Do you work for Austin fire department?

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    Quote Originally Posted by psilent_child View Post
    What do they mean by lateral hiring process? I figured I would be a shoe in if I passed the tests, being that I would already be a certified Texas firefighter already.
    You and a few others

    Should be some info in the thread, I think you do a modified academy but still have to go through the whole hiring process, and get a slot
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    Well I figure a few of us would be a shoe in lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fire49 View Post
    Stand alone retirement


    http://www.afrs.org/history.htm
    It is, they also can opt out of social security... nice option. But I have been hearing the rumblings of how they could bankrupt a city that already is thin on revenue with the number of people that could drop their retirement right now.

    Quote Originally Posted by psilent_child View Post
    What do they mean by lateral hiring process? I figured I would be a shoe in if I passed the tests, being that I would already be a certified Texas firefighter already.
    Lateral hiring is hiring of firefighters with two years experience currently with another department. They only did this a year or two ago as part of a contract. They still put them through an abriviated academy, and still come on line as a probie, regaurdless of the rank they held in their former department.

    Quote Originally Posted by psilent_child View Post
    Well I figure a few of us would be a shoe in lol.
    There are very few people that are a shoe in in Austin. A minority of people I would say.

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    Do you work for Austin fire department?
    No, live and work on the North side of "Weird".

    Don't get me wrong, I think Austin is a great place to work and visit.
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    This minority would be medics?

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    Great place to work. Good pay and cost of living if you commute is very affordable. Very progressive dept in that they are on the cutting edge of tactics used. They are not lateral hiring anytime in the foreseeable future. Does not matter if you are a medic or not. You will only be credintialed to the basic level.

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