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    I would like to know what the education requirements are to be a Lt at your respective fire departments. Thank you and have a safe day.

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    The lieutenant's on my job are required to become certified in aerial operator and pump operator within one year of appointment. Certification is through the CT Fire Academy to NFPA standards. While the lt's do not operate either the pump or the ladder, the information in the two courses is of value to them as officers. I would like to see company officer certification, but that has to go through the negotiation process with the union and can take years to change.
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    Must pass writte, oral and performance tests. Interview with the City micro-Manager to see if they fit into his public image mold. We have a pre-posted reading list for the written exam. I think it currently includes: NFPA 1021, Norman's Fire Officer's Handbook of Tactics (considered the Bible here), dept. SOP's, Vincients Dunn's Fireground Survival?, and Brannigan's Building Construcution for the Fire Service.

    The written test is purchased from acompany that takes questions from the reading list books and validates an exam.

    The oral test is conducted by the promotions board (Chief of Dept., 1 A/C, 1 out of town Chief Officer and two members of the City's personnel committee). The questions are the usual hypothetical scenarios, why are you the best, where do you see yourself in..., and then a few tactical questions and finalizing with a picture scenario making them the first due officer of an incident. Oh, my favorite is a list of new tools or trends in the fire service where we ask each candidate to explain what they know.(3-D fog tactics, Vindicator nozzles, Ferrara Strong Arm, National EMS Scope of Practice) No just looking at the pictures in the fire rags here: READ or ride!(the tailboard).

    This past time we employed a performance test. this is basically proof that you are good at your current job as a firefighter. Our theory is that as a Lt. you must be able to explain to your firefighters how to do many tasks and help them overcome obstacles. We made them pump the hydrant to a remote deck gun, flow two different size and length lines, get calss B foam started, and a few other little things. It went very well and showed the difference between studying the books and being a decent firefighter.

    We also "score" resumes and qualifications. They're all firefighter 2, EMT-Intermediates, Haz-Mat/WMD Techs, Confined Space Techs to start.

    In all we've been happy with the results.

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    To become a LT. you need to pass the written civil service exam (some depts. opt for an assessment center also). As for education, there is no department requirement, but you recieve extra points on the exam depending on your education level above high school.

    All new LTs. must attend a 2 week officer's program at the fire academy.

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    not a dang thing but more time than the next guy and i think its rediculous.

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    By our contract... a firefighter cannot take a promotional exam for LT until he has a minimum of 3 years on the job. The exam is civil service, given by the State on as yearly basis.

    For the other officer ranks, the candidate must have a year in grade as an officer before going for another promotion.
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    Certified Fla Company officer-many classes, Pump operator 1-2, Fla Fire inspector. I've seen many obtain these "certificates of atenndance" and still don't know their *** from their elbow. Isn't there a degree for "Firefighter Common Sense"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wag11c
    Certified Fla Company officer-many classes, Pump operator 1-2, Fla Fire inspector.
    Same here, except inspector (most Lts are however) + at least 3 years on the job and acting officer time. Then you can sit for a test, which includes interview, written exam, teaching a class and IC scenario. This is put on by an outside agency. Candidates are listed by score, and promotions are done by that list, highest score first. List is good for a max of 2 years, then the process starts over again.
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    Our LT's are drivers and they also fill in for the Capt. if they are off. To get promoted to LT you have to have worked here at least 3 years, pass a written and practical test. The certifications that you need are as follows
    1. NFPA 1001/1002
    2. NC Fire Officer 1
    3. NC Driver Operator (pump certifcation)
    4. NC Aerial Operator
    5. NC EMT
    6. NC Hazmat Operations Plus
    7. NC Class B license
    We are a combo dept. with 3 stations that runs close to if not 5000 calls a year. Sorry I am not sure of the exact numbers from last year.
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    In our system, Lt is the first company officer rank. Promotion is by straight dept seniority, with minimum requirements of Fire Officer I and 5 yrs experience. Firefighters are eligible for upgrade as Act Lt to fill vacant positions on a day by day basis once they have met these requirements.

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    We have firefighter, driver/operator, and LT.

    To promote to driver, you must have 2 years in OR if they test and no one is eligible they will lower it to one year.

    For a LT, two years in as a firefigher and hold the ranking of intermediate firefighter. Normally, they will also send you to fire officer 1 and 2 before promotion. Now, once again, if no one is eligable, they will open it to drivers who had their position for a year and are a intermediate firefighter.

    The problem is that we are a rapidly growing department with a very young crew. A person with two years in is not going to be forced but will quickly fall behind in promotional oppurtunities if he does not promote quickly. Granted, he might not have the skill that is wanted. But, he will quickly be passed by someone who has less years in than him with less skill. Catch-22 I guess

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    Five years on the job, then a written test and assesment center.

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    3 years, FFIII Illinois OSFM, completed 160 additional hours towards any OSFM classes.

    For Captain: Lt for 2 years, Fire Officer 1 Illinois OSFM, 120 hours towards Officer 2.

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