The City of Los Angeles, Calf. is now giving fire exams on a monthly basis.

Below is the exam process.

FIREFIGHTER SELECTION PROCESS

Step 1: Preliminary Background Application All candidates must complete a Preliminary Background Application (PBA) as part of the application process. After completing the PBA, you will receive instantaneous information on issues you should resolve before beginning the selection process and you will be told if you have a realistic chance of success in some of the common areas of the background investigation portion of the selection process. If you decide to continue the application process, you will be instructed to fill out additional application information on-line.

STEP 2: Minimum Requirements If you decide to continue the application process, you must meet the minimum requirements, which include maintaining a current passing score on the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) from the time of your application to the time of appointment as a Firefighter. A CPAT score is valid for up to 12 months. If you meet the minimum requirements, you will be further instructed to fill out additional application information on-line. The CPAT is not administered by the City of Los Angeles. Candidates must schedule and pay for their own CPAT.


Minimum Requirements:
Current passing score on the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)
Completion of the on-line Preliminary Background Application
18 years old (at the time of applicaton)
High School diploma, G.E.D., or CHSPE certificate
Valid California Driverís License is required at the time of appointment
Additional Job Information:
Excellent health
Excellent vision
Non-smoker

STEP 3: Written Test (Multiple-Choice) The written test is made up of two test parts, Parts 1 and 2. Only when passing Part 1 will Part 2 be scored. A passing score in both test parts is valid indefinitely. If candidates fail Part 1 or 2 of the written test, they may take the entire written test again two years from the last written test date.

STEP 4: Interview Candidates must pass Parts 1 and 2 of the written test to be invited to a panel interview (consisting of representatives from the Fire and Personnel Departments and the community). A passing score on the interview ranks candidates on the eligible list. Names may be removed from the eligible list after one year unless the eligibility of candidates on the list is extended. Candidates may re-interview two years from their last interview date.

STEPS 5: Background Investigation A Background Investigation will be conducted based on a candidateís ranking on the eligible list and the hiring needs of the Fire Department. The Background Investigation form may take up to 4 hours to complete.

STEPS 6: Initial Panel Review of Qualifications Candidates who pass the initial Background Investigation will be competitively evaluated during a review of qualifications by a panel consisting of a Chief Officer, Fire Captain and a Personnel Department representative.

STEP 7: Field Investigation A Field Investigation of a candidateís background will be conducted for those selected at the Panel Review (Step 6). A Field Investigation may take from 30 to 180 days, depending on the complexity of investigation required.

STEP 8: Final Panel Review for Tentative Job Offer When the Field Investigation is completed, a final review of candidatesí qualifications will be completed by a panel consisting of a Chief Officer, Fire Captain and a Personnel Department representative. Based on this review, candidates will be selected to receive a tentative job offer.

STEP 9: Medical and Psychological Evaluations. Selected candidates who receive a tentative job offer will be scheduled for a medical and psychological evaluation. Those successfully completing these evaluations will be appointed in accordance with their date of completion and City hiring needs.


Additional information on the exam process can be found at the link below.
http://www.lacity.org/per/safety.htm


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Brent Collins is an Assistant Fire Chief with the Cleveland Fire Department and President of Don McNea Fire School. Go to www.fireprep.com for more information on test taking strategy and advice.

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