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    Quote Originally Posted by proofyeq View Post
    A couple hundred applied last year. Very few applicants for a city its size and popularity.

    Heard that there's only around 130 applications, and they want to hire at least 30 and POSSIBLY another class off of this process so if you do well on the written and have a clean record your chances are very good


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    Quote Originally Posted by hookandcanman83 View Post
    anyone know how they run the physical test. CPAT or their own course?
    This is the first year they've done a physical ability test. The test is from an outside company, similar to the CPAT but not exact, don't know specifics beyond that.

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    130 applicants!? Theyre only taking the top 130 test scores to interview...sooo essentially if you pass the written, you get an interview. Either way, everyone check your emails. I got my test date just now...

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    I'm heading down from northern Virginia. Anyone else from this area going?
    Last edited by smprfi0231; 05-08-2013 at 11:27 AM.

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    Per hr only 250 are expected to test....just asked today.

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    Im heading down on a train from Virginia. Im getting to Charleston at 5am tomorrow morning. I need some time to kill between 5am and noon. Anyone have any recommendations for that. Also, after the test until 9:30 that night I will be wandering until the train leaves to take me back home. Restaurants, sites, anything that will keep me occupied.

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    Theres a little tiny cafe, i think its called meeting street cafe or something, its on a corner. Looks like a run down quik mart but they sell killer crepes, and also on the main drag (which can kill most of your time just walking around) theres hymens (tourist spot but great food) and an oyster bar which if i recall has an afternoon oyster happy hour, like half off. Other than that just walking around donwtown and hitting the pier and some local joints is worthwhile. Maybe stop by a station or something...

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    Took my test this morning...way easier than the last cwh test i took...to anyone about to take it. The building is a little tricky to find. Near the end of geoege street (going away from the water) theres a big iron gate on the right. Its through there on the right. Luckily i ran into another lost tester and we found it...just a heads up to give ample time to park and walk...other than that good luck! 20 didnt show for my set so that narrows down the comp even more!

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    I was told this morning by a capt at one of the stations I stopped in at that only 170 applied. Rumors are flying but regardless I'm happy with my chances. I'm heading to the test site now.

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    Well 50 people exactly in the afternoon session. Not sure how many didn't show

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    Tested this morning, around 60 people were there. The proctor said 35 no shows yesterday.

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    If you didnt see the email by chance, looks like notifications will be sent out on the 25th...

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    Excellent video, thank you for posting this.

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    Great video, looks like cfd is taking some great steps forward. Whats your thoughts coming from the inside cfd11?

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    New social media policy in place
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    I would have loved to have tested with Charleston both last and this year but the pay while you're in the academy is not practical for anyone who has established their life and needs to support more than just themselves. Even a single person would have a pretty rough go at it for $8 an hour. It's a great opportunity for the younger guys fresh out of high school with little to no financial responsibilities. This is also why their testing numbers are so low. I know everyone I mentioned the test to replied more or less the same. "I can't afford to take the job?" If you can swing 26 weeks at just a tick over minimum wage it's a great opportunity because the competition is so low unlike their neighboring city of Charlotte where you're competing against 1,800 to 2,000 other applicants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CFD11 View Post
    My thoughts are as the same as last testing cycle the guys are great, the pay is not and Charleston is expensive to live so be prepared to live in Berkeley or Dorchester county or be broke. We don't have a lot of fire and thats about it.
    Whats the average fire load?

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    New social media policy in place
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    Scored in the top 130, moving on...going the 8th and 9th!

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