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    We kind of knew that the city was giving the women preference. Now it has been confirmed. It is frustrating since most of us have done everything that was asked. We passed the first physical then heard nothing or were in FP only to be told "Not now". Then we are told we need to take another, more difficult CPAT and we signed up and paid on our own so we could move forward. I want this job and hope I get it. But my wife told me "don't get your hopes up. We have been through this before". She told me she hates seeing me excited only to be disappointed over and over. So not only does it take a toll on us personally but on our families as well. I get tired of friends and family asking "heard anything yet?" I tell them "soon" only to be asked the same question 6 months later. I know people probably look at me like I am a fool for holding on to this. Right now I am at a crossroads. What to do, what to do.

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    I hear you Teddy and have the same thoughts regarding family/friends asking. Obviously good to have people concerned with what's going on in your life, but sucks to be continually responding to this madness and them thinking, seriously still!

    Like I said before, I guess we are all just a bunch of suckers.

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    I Think were going to be ok.. its a matter of when we start..not if..I know there won't be an all girl academy, so lets keep our heads high we did it.. we got through this process twice now for some of us.. and we didn't need someone to hold our hands..
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    Its just a matter of when for us. Unfortunately, the longer this drags out the more of us hit 38 years old. I still have 2.5 years left before that happens so as long as it happens before then I'm ok emotionally. One of my sources knows a women that is part of the law suit. I just text him to find out what she's hearing on her end or if she's even taken the CPAT yet. I'll keep you guys posted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadez View Post
    Its just a matter of when for us. Unfortunately, the longer this drags out the more of us hit 38 years old. I still have 2.5 years left before that happens so as long as it happens before then I'm ok emotionally. One of my sources knows a women that is part of the law suit. I just text him to find out what she's hearing on her end or if she's even taken the CPAT yet. I'll keep you guys posted.
    This just made something pop in my head. During processing they asked and took out anyone who turned 38 before November. Could you imagine if you turned 38 in December and now this gets delayed and you expire after going through this crap again?! 38 is of no concern to me, but couldn't imagine this BS for anyone that has already expired recently or is jeopardy, b/c they're turning in the next say 6 months.

    Anyone on here take the CPAT through the city route and know when the final test date was for SUFD and NIPSTA? I think the most optimistic spin is that they're waiting until that date passes to see how many women pass and then begin processing them along with us. Perhaps the city was advised that it would be in their best interest to still give preference to those women that did defer the December option and are attempting to pass by September.

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    So I just went down to Clinton to turn in my updated DL. I asked the person who helped me straight out if there was going to be an all woman class because of the lawsuit and if that is what is slowing everything down. They told me that there is no plan for an all woman class, and they never planned on a all woman class. But they did say that they are going to go ahead and wait for all the woman to have the chance to pass there CPAT, and will process them first as far as the on-going steps. I agree they will have to include some of us in the class to make a full class...but this seems like even more proof there won't be a class until after December if that is when the girls have to finish their CPAT. Looks like Jan is more likely for a class.

    I agree with what some others have said about not putting all of our eggs in one basket. Chicago would be great, but it is the job and tradition that we all really want to be doing with our lives. If you haven't done so already, we should all start looking to either start or continue testing for suburban departments or other large cities. It may be our only opportunity, and I know I don't want to look back in years to come and regret not having kept other options open.

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    I dont know the exact date of the last test, but I have a friend that failed round 1 and passed round 2. He said it was like 2 weeks out for the final one.

    when he was there it was about 8 guys, he said 6 of those 8 failed.

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    My source finally got back to me. He said that she hasn't heard anything after scheduling her CPAT dates. She took her first test last week and failed. Which means there's at least a month left of testing at the minimum (2 more tests scheduled 2 weeks apart). a January class sounds about right with those dates.

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    I still think it's possible that when they say, process the women first they just mean those processing with us who deferred for a September deadline meaning they start processing us all in Sept and it's possible to still have an academy before year's end, but as I said before, that's best case at this point.

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    My guess is if this is pushed until January then there will only be one class and then the list will be done. This is just to satisfy the women's lawsuit. Once they are done a few of us may be filler but thats it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teddyball View Post
    My guess is if this is pushed until January then there will only be one class and then the list will be done. This is just to satisfy the women's lawsuit. Once they are done a few of us may be filler but thats it.
    Well nobody knows anything, but I will say based on what we do actually know, this doesn't really seem too plausible. The tests are typically announced 6-8 months in advance of being held and then obviously they must create a list and process and hire from that list, which takes another 6-12 months min, then obviously 6 months academy. So personally, I don't really think the CFD can afford to have a 100 person academy and then be good for the next two years (minimum) until they get new FF through the academy from a new exam.

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    My source seems to agree with you. He said the process goes faster than we all think. He said they'll start processing us in September and the class will start December.

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    So when I spoke to miss Hammond yesterday she stated there will not be an all women class.. I was sure to display my disbelief of how this has been handled and how we were not given true information about this process yet again. Being lead to believe taking care of our cpat would benefit us moving faster. Don't fail your medical that's all I can say..

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    what did the medical consist of last time around?

    next time someone calls down to Ms. Hammond could they ask for an updated estimate of when the academy class may start?

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    I'm no longer coming here everyday to see what's going on. News seems to get worse each time I do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by keefus View Post
    I'm no longer coming here everyday to see what's going on. News seems to get worse each time I do.
    Who you kidding? You're sucked in just like the rest of us. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by keefus View Post
    I'm no longer coming here everyday to see what's going on. News seems to get worse each time I do.
    Who you kidding? You're sucked in just like the rest of us. LOL

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    Don't have to repeat yourself. Found out that a friend of a friend(lawsuit), has a home visit for next week. So things are moving towards a class this year and she also told me second class in March

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    Damn cell phone froze up. Lol

    That's great news. This is my favorite roller coaster ride ever. Hahaha

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    If BI's are being done for women right now, November academy is still very likely. Which one of us will be in it? Who knows? This is a perfect opportunity for higher-ups on CFD to shuffle in some clout babies since the numbers are completely off the grid.

    I'm turning 38 in the beginning of December. Might not be in the cards for me, so I am still planning my move to South California. Am I mad? Kind of, but the process has deadened my emotions so much, I learned to rely on myself more, and I have never, ever put anything on hold for the Chicago hiring circus.

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    Click click click.. as the carts head to the top of the first drop...

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    I heard from a good source that the men should start getting contacted after the 1st. They are waiting for the deadline for cpat. Also was told first class is still looking good for November.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bilyboy View Post
    I heard from a good source that the men should start getting contacted after the 1st. They are waiting for the deadline for cpat. Also was told first class is still looking good for November.
    I definitely think this is realistic and still in play, but not counting on anything, but we shall see. They'll probably call me to schedule my medical while I'm on my honeymoon and then pass over me.....now, that'd be some crap!

    In other news, my bachelor party this weekend....CFD won't cross my mind for a second for the next 3 days!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalsh321 View Post
    I definitely think this is realistic and still in play, but not counting on anything, but we shall see. They'll probably call me to schedule my medical while I'm on my honeymoon and then pass over me.....now, that'd be some crap!

    In other news, my bachelor party this weekend....CFD won't cross my mind for a second for the next 3 days!
    Three day bachelor party? Sounds like a good time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teddyball View Post
    Three day bachelor party? Sounds like a good time.
    That's what I was thinking. Live it up brotha!

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