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    Quote Originally Posted by bnilsson View Post
    I have done it before, it's also called the biddle, its used by a few southern california fire departments. It is harder than the CPAT. The hardest event in my opinion is the hose hoist at the end.
    Did you have the same time limit? And did you make it under time?

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    Yep, same order of events, same time standard. I did it in around 7:20.

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    Smprfi0231, are you taking the PAT this Saturday?

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    Yes I am. Should be interesting

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    What time? I'll be there too.

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    5am. Where are you staying?

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    Damn thats early lol, mine is scheduled for 10am and I'm staying with my bro, he lives in North Charleston.

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    Yea tell me about it. Driving in from Northern VA the night before . I'll beat the heat though.

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    That drives gonna suck, I made the drive last time from Jersey and i'll never do that again lol.
    Did you get an E-mail last night about having to call a number and check to see if there still doing your PAT?

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    That drives gonna suck, I made the drive last time from Jersey and i'll never do that again lol.
    Did you get an E-mail last night about having to call a number and check to see if there still doing your PAT?

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    Yea. Storm has already passed through the city and is hitting northern VA right now so shouldn't be an issue.

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    Good luck to everyone testing this weekend for the PAT and the interview, the average time that you need to get on the PAT is 12 minutes, for those that haven't heard yet. This physical exam is a mere tiny percentage of the physical effort that you will have to put in during the academy, so if you haven't already, start training....heavily

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    So how does everyone feel about the test and the interview?

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    I BEAT IT! lol

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    Yea. I liked the test. It was truly firefighter based and I think showed a lot of people how to pace themselves. Rumor is that 13 people didn't pass the agility test yesterday and I know one of the guys who was supposed to be at my interview time slot didn't show up. So right there is 14 out of 130 out of the process.

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    HR didnt give a number, but said more than expected didnt show for interview either..

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    Seems like it might be more of a 50/50 chance

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    Just throwing out for opinions. At 9/hr for the academy. With south Carolina deductions and taxes that equals out to around 1275 take home. Assuming about half of that would be towards rent/housing how do you plan on making things work with a vehicle payment etc? Just curious on opinions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smprfi0231 View Post
    Just throwing out for opinions. At 9/hr for the academy. With south Carolina deductions and taxes that equals out to around 1275 take home. Assuming about half of that would be towards rent/housing how do you plan on making things work with a vehicle payment etc? Just curious on opinions.
    Very good question...ive still had my doubts on how ill make the move...

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    yeah 9/hr is not anything you can live on, especially if you plan on living in Charleston County..

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    I am a little confused on this though, How is this an entry lvl posistion, yet people are able to do testing when they are already employed by other fire departments.. doesnt seem very entry lvl to me when i have to compete against people who know and what to expect
    Last edited by c0d3x5; 06-10-2013 at 09:19 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by c0d3x5 View Post
    I am a little confused on this though, How is this an entry lvl posistion, yet people are able to do testing when they are already employed by other fire departments.. doesnt seem very entry lvl to me when i have to compete against people who know and what to expect
    Bahahaha Ok this definitely made me laugh. But seriously. I have a truck a bike and a cell phone. All that alone runs just shy of the take home for payments. Realistically I gotta get rid of the bike. And my dog which I really don't want to and even with all that the local homeless camp is looking close to affordable.

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    Copy of the current pay plan for anyone interested

    http://sc-charleston.civicplus.com/d...nter/view/1501
    Last edited by smprfi0231; 06-11-2013 at 04:11 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smprfi0231 View Post
    Just throwing out for opinions. At 9/hr for the academy. With south Carolina deductions and taxes that equals out to around 1275 take home. Assuming about half of that would be towards rent/housing how do you plan on making things work with a vehicle payment etc? Just curious on opinions.
    Are you saying 1275 a month or each pay cycle? Because you will not be getting that for a pay cycle.
    Also, the 9 an hour is rough, but people do it, several guys in the last class had families and made it work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PickHead54 View Post
    Are you saying 1275 a month or each pay cycle? Because you will not be getting that for a pay cycle.
    Also, the 9 an hour is rough, but people do it, several guys in the last class had families and made it work.
    Yes I was saying 1275/month. I dont doubt people do it...just curious their situations ie. car payments? fuel, food, where they were living etc. The room shares I was looking at people seem to want a minimum of 500/month for a room...thats almost half of your monthly pay.

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