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    Quote Originally Posted by ncoliva1200 View Post
    Looking for the same info. Also, Fairfax is testing on the same day. Anyone else facing that dilemma?
    Fairfax usually hires a significantly higher amount of people. They also have the best USAR teams in the nation(only 1 of 2 in the US that will go over seas) if that's something you're into.


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    Thanks for the advice!!

    Quote Originally Posted by sully343 View Post
    Fairfax usually hires a significantly higher amount of people. They also have the best USAR teams in the nation(only 1 of 2 in the US that will go over seas) if that's something you're into.
    “The garbage man doesn’t get excited when he turns the corner and sees trash. You shouldn’t get excited either; you should be expecting fire on every run.” - FDNY Lt. Andrew Fredericks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Siklude View Post
    What has been the average amount of recruits to apply in the past few years? Would definitely like to get an insight on how many applicants normally apply.
    Typically it's been between 1200-2000 people who apply every year and they hire two classes of 15 a year on average. There has been some rumors that they may not hire as many this year due to the possibility of losing the airport. That's just the rumor that's been floating around the last few months so I'm not really sure how much water that story holds.
    Every year there always seems to be a new rumor about what they are looking to do hiring wise as last years rumor was they weren't going to hire any out of state applicants but I believe there were a handful hired last year from out of state. It's just best to take the test and hope the odds are in your favor and you move along the process and get an offer at the end. Charlotte is a highly desired department and getting hired isn't easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingTut99 View Post
    Typically it's been between 1200-2000 people who apply every year and they hire two classes of 15 a year on average. There has been some rumors that they may not hire as many this year due to the possibility of losing the airport. That's just the rumor that's been floating around the last few months so I'm not really sure how much water that story holds.
    Every year there always seems to be a new rumor about what they are looking to do hiring wise as last years rumor was they weren't going to hire any out of state applicants but I believe there were a handful hired last year from out of state. It's just best to take the test and hope the odds are in your favor and you move along the process and get an offer at the end. Charlotte is a highly desired department and getting hired isn't easy.
    Great information to know KingTut99. Thanks for sharing...

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    Good luck, everyone. I'll be there Saturday. Fortunately no long drive for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingTut99 View Post
    It's just best to take the test and hope the odds are in your favor and you move along the process and get an offer at the end. Charlotte is a highly desired department and getting hired isn't easy.

    I think you hit the nail on the head. I was fortunate enough to make it to the end last year, with the exception of the most important part you speak of... If I can be of any assistance to anyone feel free to hit me up. Good luck to everyone, see you in the morning!
    Last edited by carolinablueff; 01-24-2014 at 11:06 PM.

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    Hi guys... Just wondering how the written test is and what is on it. I will be testing next year. I am from up north and will be moving to the Charlotte area. I want to start a fire career. I am 41 and been a voly for awhile now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vpops View Post
    Hi guys... Just wondering how the written test is and what is on it. I will be testing next year. I am from up north and will be moving to the Charlotte area. I want to start a fire career. I am 41 and been a voly for awhile now.
    When you figure out what area you're moving to, research the local fire departments requirements. Most career jobs have an age cutoff usually between 35-40. Find this info out as soon as possible as it could determine your next move. Good luck brother.

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    Thanks Bro

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    Just got my email. - Passed the test! On to the CPAT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TowerRescue View Post
    When you figure out what area you're moving to, research the local fire departments requirements. Most career jobs have an age cutoff usually between 35-40. Find this info out as soon as possible as it could determine your next move. Good luck brother.
    Charlotte has been known to hire older guys in the past. I think it was just a year ago they hired a guy who I believe was either 40 or 41 at the time of hire. Not saying it will be an easy task at an older age but not necessarily out of the question. If you have a military background it will help you as Charlotte does seem to like applicants with at least some military in their background.
    If your from NY prepare for your certs not to transfer but if you are from a state where your fire certs will transfer and have your NREMT there is plenty of part time fire work in the Charlotte area with volly houses and combination houses.

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    Where can i find out about those departments that hire part time work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vpops View Post
    Where can i find out about those departments that hire part time work?
    There are a bunch. It depends on where you want to live. Most places you will have to join as a volunteer first. You can't go wrong with the Cornelius/Huntersville area though. Good luck.

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    Will be heading back to Charlotte 4/14 for the CPAT testing... It was a long drive for the written test but worth it. Ready for the drive again. Good luck everyone...

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    How was the written exam? Can u study for it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Siklude View Post
    What has been the average amount of recruits to apply in the past few years? Would definitely like to get an insight on how many applicants normally apply.
    I do not work for the department, but I work with plenty of guys who do and from what they say its consistently around 2,000 every year give or take.

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    Doing the orientation tomorrow. - Any idea what the typical dress-code is for an orientation session?

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    Quote Originally Posted by IrishCannon View Post
    Doing the orientation tomorrow. - Any idea what the typical dress-code is for an orientation session?
    Any type of long pants and closed toed shoes. Most everyone wears some type of sweat pants/wind pants, sneakers and a t-shirt. Don't be that guy that wears some obscene t-shirt or one one from your vfd or another department if you are affiliated with one.

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    I guess I had the wrong idea. I figured for an orientation and not the actual CPAT I'd be dressing in button down and slacks. Good thing I asked. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by IrishCannon View Post
    I guess I had the wrong idea. I figured for an orientation and not the actual CPAT I'd be dressing in button down and slacks. Good thing I asked. Thanks!
    Yes. The orientation is a chance to go out to the CPAT course and do a touch and feel on all the stations in the event and get an understanding as to the actual layout of the course.

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