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    Default Anybody a firefighter in or around Dallas?

    Hey, just wondering if anybody here was in or around the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

    Just lookin' for a show of hands.

    Oh yeah, and if you happen to be in the Mesquite Fire Department, Firehouse 3, I really wanna talk to you.
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    Yep...here in Bedford
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    Yes. Grand Prairie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jam755
    Yes. Grand Prairie.

    How is the FD enjoying running EMS down there? I used to dispatch for Rural Metro there and heard it was alot better since Rural Metro left.
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    Well, I have only been here for 3 months so I have a very limited knowledge. Most everybody I have come in contact with enjoys running EMS, but some of the older guys wish it would go away. I have heard that it is better than it used to be. So I guess that all in all it is going well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BFDLT32
    Yep...here in Bedford
    Do you know Doug Penland? He's a Chaplain somewhere in HEB.
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    Quote Originally Posted by reeveo
    Do you know Doug Penland? He's a Chaplain somewhere in HEB.
    He is in Hurst. I knew him when he was in Arlington as an investigator.
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    Hey Jam, you know a new guy there named Jesus Estrada?

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    As a matter of fact, Jesus and I started together. He is at station 1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JHR1985
    Hey Jam, you know a new guy there named Jesus Estrada?
    goodness. talk about a name.

    Jesus + Estrada = greatest name EVER!
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    Actually I just got hired with Dallas FD. I start the academy next Wednesday, the 19th of October. From what I understand you Mesquite guys did your Acadeny training there, right? Is there anything I need to know before I start?

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    Hey Gixxster, if you don't mind me asking, how long ago did you test for Dallas? I have been waiting for a long time for them to start hiring again. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jschmidt
    Hey Gixxster, if you don't mind me asking, how long ago did you test for Dallas? I have been waiting for a long time for them to start hiring again. Thanks.
    I actually got luckly because I applied on the last day that they were accepting applications which was in April 2003, then I took the last written civil exam they had which was in June 2003. I then took the polygraph, CPAT and another couple of test later that summer. Then this summer around July/August they said all my scores and test had expired so I had to re-take all of them except the civil exam. It all happened really fast, within two months I had re-taken all my test, had my final interview and then on 30 Sept. they offered me a position to start in this next class on 19 Oct.

    Honestly I'm not sure when they will start hiring again but I know that they will need to start taking applications before this next class ends. Just keep checking the site (www.dallasfirerescue.com) If I here anything after I start I will post it on here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jam755
    As a matter of fact, Jesus and I started together. He is at station 1.
    I went to the academy and paramedic school with him. Bout time he got a job. Hope he doesnt show up late like he did in the academy

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    Thanks for the info Gixxster, it helps very much. Good luck in the academy!

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    Default Best fire departments in DFW

    I am hoping to become a firefighter somewhere in the DFW area and was wondering if there were certain departments that were thought of as the best ones to work for based on pay, benefits, workload, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HookEm
    I am hoping to become a firefighter somewhere in the DFW area and was wondering if there were certain departments that were thought of as the best ones to work for based on pay, benefits, workload, etc. I've heard good things about Fort Worth but not so great things about Dallas. I'd also appreciate any info on the HEB departments because I haven't heard much about them. Also, does anyone know anything about the Allen fire department. Any info would be much appreciated.
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    Hookem-
    I've heard a lot of good about FWFD and Arlington. I have an uncle who used to be on Dallas and he stayed on the ambulance 75% of his career. I'm going to apply with FWFD the next time they test.

    ...yeah I know I'm late on the conversation.

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    Good luck testing on FWFD agavegrove. I'll try to post next time I hear that they are testing. They just started a class the first of this year and will begin a second class sometime this summer. Not sure when the next test will be, but hopefully soon.

    It is a great department.

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    it all depends on what your looking for. If you want to fight lots of fire, and quickly, Forest Hill or Kennedale would be a good choice. Kennedale has pretty good pay now compared to what it used to and you get lots of fire. Forest Hill gets lot and both forest Hill and Kennedale run mutal aid for each other. Fort Worth would be a good choice also.

    Dallas runs there butts of and if you want to be busy, go there. But, be prepared to ride the Medic A LOT. Bonus to working for Fort Worth, Arlington, and Forest Hill is that they have no medic units. But, if your like me, I love riding the box and getting the best of both worlds

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    Hey guys.....

    Im with the 896 rehab group in Dallas (Box4). Just found the forum.

    I was wondering if anyone could help me identify some folks from photos Ive taken. Id like to get them copies if i could or at least caption the photos and give them credit.

    Here's a link - many thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JHR1985
    it all depends on what your looking for. If you want to fight lots of fire, and quickly, Forest Hill or Kennedale would be a good choice. Kennedale has pretty good pay now compared to what it used to and you get lots of fire. Forest Hill gets lot and both forest Hill and Kennedale run mutal aid for each other. Fort Worth would be a good choice also.

    Dallas runs there butts of and if you want to be busy, go there. But, be prepared to ride the Medic A LOT. Bonus to working for Fort Worth, Arlington, and Forest Hill is that they have no medic units. But, if your like me, I love riding the box and getting the best of both worlds
    What dept. in DFW are you with? If you'd rather not post it on the board, you can send me a private message.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HookEm
    I am hoping to become a firefighter somewhere in the DFW area and was wondering if there were certain departments that were thought of as the best ones to work for based on pay, benefits, workload, etc. I've heard good things about Fort Worth but not so great things about Dallas. I'd also appreciate any info on the HEB departments because I haven't heard much about them. Also, does anyone know anything about the Allen fire department. Any info would be much appreciated.
    PM or e-mail me and I will get you information on the HEB departments. I can tell you about all of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by irishff513
    What dept. in DFW are you with?
    Box 4 is at station 28's with DFD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gixxster
    Actually I just got hired with Dallas FD. I start the academy next Wednesday, the 19th of October. From what I understand you Mesquite guys did your Acadeny training there, right? Is there anything I need to know before I start?

    How do you like it so far at DFD? I go to the physical on the 10th and polygraph after that.

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