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    Academy training is 5 days a week. Classes begin at 8:00 a.m. However, you are required to be there at least one hour early. The training day will end anywhere between 3-6 p.m. depending on the days schedule, and how well you do throughout the day. You will have off for every recognized federal holiday (Memorial Day, Presidents Day, MLK Day, 4th of July, etc.). While there is no "Official" weekend training, you will be asked (code for required) to volunteer at various CFD sponsored or CFD attended events on the weekends (parades, ceremonies, study groups). The first three months are a Beast. The next three (or however long they take to get you through) are a Bear. None of it is easy, but at times can be very fun.

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    TRCO2H, Do you take details while on probation or do they keep you in your house til your off?

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    Is there anyone else in here that would be first generation firefighter? I'm very excited to be part of this but it seems very overwhelming. I'm ready to do whatever it takes to make it through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slimd125 View Post
    TRCO2H, Do you take details while on probation or do they keep you in your house til your off?
    Not a CFD guy, but got a lot of friends on the city. You can take trades at the discretion of your Captain....basically if you're good and won't **** up, you'll go places. They do their best to try to make sure there's only one Candidate on a rig at a time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ATFDFF View Post
    Not a CFD guy, but got a lot of friends on the city. You can take trades at the discretion of your Captain....basically if you're good and won't **** up, you'll go places. They do their best to try to make sure there's only one Candidate on a rig at a time.
    Thanks, my question was more about going on details to other houses on your shift, but all the same, if they let candidates make trades across shifts I would assume they also make you available for details. Thanks for the info

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    TRCO2H, Do you take details while on probation or do they keep you in your house til your off?

    How the details work will vary on where you go, what type of rig you are on (ALS/BLS), and who your officer is. In my case, my Chief wanted all candidates in house for a year before they started taking details. That did not apply to Ambulance details, which you will be taking right away. However, we had a candidate medic assigned to my company (which is not ALS), and he's been detailed more than he's been with us. At the end of the day when your Company Officer feels you can go on the road and not embarrass yourself or the company, and not get anybody hurt, that's when you will be able to take details. As far as trades go, you may only take in house trades while you are on probation. After that, you are free to trade wherever you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TRCO2H View Post
    TRCO2H, Do you take details while on probation or do they keep you in your house til your off?

    How the details work will vary on where you go, what type of rig you are on (ALS/BLS), and who your officer is. In my case, my Chief wanted all candidates in house for a year before they started taking details. That did not apply to Ambulance details, which you will be taking right away. However, we had a candidate medic assigned to my company (which is not ALS), and he's been detailed more than he's been with us. At the end of the day when your Company Officer feels you can go on the road and not embarrass yourself or the company, and not get anybody hurt, that's when you will be able to take details. As far as trades go, you may only take in house trades while you are on probation. After that, you are free to trade wherever you want.
    Thanks trco2h

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    how often does a candidate or once ur off probation do u detail to a bus?

    Do basics get sent off as often?

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    I was in the Academy with a guy who used to be a CTA driver, not sure if he drives a bus anymore. If you are referring to AMBULANCE details, our new contract states we will a do a maximum of four (4) Ambulance details per quarter. And no one says "basic", were EMT's or Medics.

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    I've been away from this forum for quite some time now, I tried going back through the last few pages but couldn't find anything...

    Anyone know what numbers they're on now? What are the last numbers to get the letter?

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    Well No one has gotten the letter yet. But i believe they are processing up to the number 1500 now for fp and are at up to 2400s for pat no one but the jan 09 interest card group has gone beyond pat. This is all non vet numbers. I Could be off on my number ranges

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    Anyone local got any mail yet??

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    Yesterday I talked to a firefighter and he said the class is for sure going to start as everyone has rumored, April. So we should all be getting those FP letters soon. He also mentioned that there are 3 openings for engine 1 which is downtown right off the 290. So a hand full of guys will probably end up together. As far as where you get placed he said the top 3 guys get to pick which house they'll end up @. Also the instructors have a say in where you go based on your productivity and basically if they like you or not.

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    not in Chicago but still no letter..

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    Not sure about you guys but I don't want downtown... sounds boring.

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    And nothing today guys. I just stopped in at home and no letter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seditiondp View Post
    And nothing today guys. I just stopped in at home and no letter.
    g-dammit c$ck f*ckin b$tch ***** m#therf@ckin sh^t

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    Quote Originally Posted by seditiondp View Post
    Not sure about you guys but I don't want downtown... sounds boring.
    They get alot of medical calls vs fire calls. It's in a nice location I wouldn't mind working there. I would imagine the most fit guys would go there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockgod View Post
    g-dammit c$ck f*ckin b$tch ***** m#therf@ckin sh^t
    My sentiments exactly. Only throw a few more "f*ck"s in there. Has anyone heard any rumors of this being pushed back again...for a month, for a few months, for a year...?

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    Downtown is a different kind of place. First, there is not a whole lot of fire, but there are plenty of fire alarms, so alot of those companies are running all day. And of course, you have a lot of high rise, so get used to the stairs. The thing to remember about fires downtown is this: there isn't a whole lot of fire, but when there is, it tends to be BAD. Lasalle Bank, The County Building, and just last year on Chestnut Street. All no joke fires that put the boys of the 1st District to the test. Also you have everything down there...high rise, low rise, apartments, theaters, warehouses, business, LSD, the highways, the lake, the rivers...so you will get exposed to a variety of situations and learn the ways to deal with them, which will only make you a better fireman. And yes, due to the high amount of people in the downtown area, you will get alot of EMS runs.

    Being so prominently in the public eye can give rise to a lot of petty BS, but I know alot of guys who love working down there. Good houses, good equipment, lots of tourists stopping by to say hi. Yes, all eyes are on you cause let's face it, you are protecting the tourists we so depserately want to keep coming back. Also, since the downtown are is most likely where real bad things are bound to happen, those guys have the opportunities for all kinds of speicial training compliments of the Fire Department. I guess the last thought I would leave you with is that the last three Fire Commissioners (including Commissioner Hoff) were the District Chief down there at some point in their career. Should give you an idea of what importance the city places on the protection of the downtown area.

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    Again, as much as I love downtown and all, its not for me. I know it is higher profile and I know they are busy so I didn't mean "boring". I just meant it is not for me. Not that I really care because this job and department I would take whatever is thrown at me. I was just making an offhand statement that should have no impact on anything.

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    at this point i dont think it matters where to be placed its more of lets get in first. then worry about where after.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nbsmith28 View Post
    at this point i dont think it matters where to be placed its more of lets get in first. then worry about where after.
    I completely agree. Get me in a class already. I will work my *** off while there and then put me where you need me.

    Going off of the 3 openings in District 1. Does anyone on the job have any idea as to the amount of openings out there in general? Just trying to get an idea of the current state, which would give a good indication if this academy is a must and maybe the future as well for the many of us waiting on this forum.

    Someone also mentioned that the top 3 of the academy choose their house. Are there other benefits for being in the tops of the class besides placement?

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    Default Top 3 and other myths...

    Who were the top 3 in my class? I couldn't tell you. There is no way of judging. There is an award given out to the guy who has the highest EMT test average, the highest Fire test average, the best PT , and the Leadership Award that is voted on by the class. Of the four guys who won those awards in my class, 1 got a "good" spot. The guys who got "really good" spots had dads on the job, or "knew a guy". And quite frankly I have no problem with that. If I've given twenty years or more to the Department the least I could expect would be to help my kid out in regards to assignment.

    As for the myth of "good" companies. When we say good, what we really mean is busy. And truth be told there aren't a whole lot of real busy fire companies anymore. And if you don't get one out of the Academy it is a long time coming before you get any chance of getting assigned to one. But I am here to tell you, you do not have to be a busy company to be a good, or real good company. It all depends on your officer, the guys, and you. You can be a slower house full of guys who love to train, love to talk about the job, constantly looking to improve, so when the time comes to go to work, you are ready to go. And there are plenty of places like that. There are a ton of officers and men out there relieving right now, and assigned to slower spots who are awesome firemen. Use those guys to your advantage. Pick their brains, ask about their careers. If there is something you want to learn or train on, ASK! They will tell you. And if you get stuck at a house full of loads, well, don't let them get you down or get drawn into their misery, and get out the first chance you can. \

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    anything today...........?

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