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    Default Jacksonville Fire Department

    So anyone know what is going on?
    I got a background packet from them to fill out. Anyone know anything about them. As in how many they are hiring.

    I do understand they serve the biggest city in Florida and they are just as big as MDFR.

    Anyone now anything else about them?

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    When did they open up?

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    i applied and received a packet as well. I don't know how many they are hiring but Im pretty sure they haven't hired in a while.

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    It would be nice to know. I do know they are a great place to work for. If they haven't hired in a while and they are such a big department. It must be a lot of positions. I city like that is not going to spend the money for only a few spots. I wouldn't think at least.

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    I completed my background package and turned it in a few weeks ago. I have heard several different stories from people on the dept. Bottom line is they are looking at putting together a hiring list for future hirings. No "official" word on when that will be though. They have already hired one small class. This was a group they were supposed to hire a few years ago and couldn't, due to the budget. But that group had already completed their background, interviews, and physicals.

    From what i'm hearing this list will be good for a few years and they are looking at possibably one more class late this year, one early to mid next year, and one late next year.

    I've also heard the first class will be prior military only, the 2nd class will be all medics, and the third class will be EMT's. I'm sure that is subject to change, but that's the story I have heard from a few officers and current employees. So we will see what happens.

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    Yea I sent my packet in as well. I wonder if they are going to give preference to those of us who are already working as FF/medics for other departments. For experience and what not.

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    It won't get you any "preference" points, but it will certainly help when it comes down to experience and training. The only "preference" points JFRD gives out is to millitary vetrans and current city of Jax employees.

    But if what I hear is right about medics being all that are hired for one of the classes, it will certainly help there. I'm still in medic school, so it may help me down the road. It just depends on how soon they are looking to start classes :-)

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    Thats friggin awesome...we will just have to wait and see then.

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    Any idea on how long the process is going to take?

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    More then likely it will be a few months long. They are just working on putting together a few lists to hire from. But things seem to be moving along. The paperwork has been going out to those that applied. It sounds like they have been sending it out in the order that people applied. I'm sure once all the paperwork is in, then they will start scheduling for the PT test. Then interviews once all of the PT tests are done.

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    Hey does anyone have any information about what is going on?

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    Nothing as of yet. Lots of rumors going around, but nothing solid. I would imagine they are waiting to receive a specific number of packets back before scheduling PT tests.

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    Just got my letter in the mail for my interview. Anyone else hear anything?

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    I haven't heard anything yet. When is your interview?

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    First week in July.

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    From what I have heard, they are sending out interview letters alphabetically.

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    Is there a phone number on the letter you got? I moved and for some reason the postal service hasn't been sending mail to my new address.

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    Check on the city of Jax webpage under Fire employment. There is an email address for the Firefighter in charge of recruitment. She is the one you would want to contact to update your address and check on the status of your letter.

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    Has anyone that has received a letter for interview been an EMT? Or are you all medics? Any other word on the interview progress and how the process is going? Thanks.

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    I am a FF/EMT and I had my interview recently. I've had friends who are medics and EMT's that have both gotten letters for interviews. As far as I know interviews are still going on this week. I don't know much past that.

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    Do you have veterans preference? I haven't received a letter, although I did mail my background packet in a while ago. Thanks for replying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chizzle1986 View Post
    Do you have veterans preference? I haven't received a letter, although I did mail my background packet in a while ago. Thanks for replying.
    No, I don't have vetrans preference. I have heard they are sending out letters in the order you applied. But, I don't know if there is any truth to that or not. I have a few friends who have gotten interviews and a few others who haven't yet. So I am not sure of how the process is being ran.

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    Anybody else hear back after there interview? I'm in band 1 for the new hiring list. I'm also a ff/pmd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tonybenso1990 View Post
    Anybody else hear back after there interview? I'm in band 1 for the new hiring list. I'm also a ff/pmd.
    From what I heard, there won't be any hirings till after the city council approves the "pension reform". That was straight from the recruiter with JFRD. Well the city council didn't approve the Mayor's pension reform, so I'm not sure where that leaves us at the moment. It was originally expected to be approved and the next class would start Mid October. But who knows at this point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tonybenso1990 View Post
    Do you know how many are in band 1? Like if this was a new list they were making
    I've heard numbers ranging from 130 to 300 are in band 1 now. So who knows what the true number is, maybe somewhere in between?? Still pretty good odds as they are planning on at least 3 classes over the next year or two (budget permitting). The list is a new list and good for three years from my understanding.

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