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    I'm a full-time FF/Paramedic working in N/E Ohio. I've been on the job for 6 years. I would like to relocate to the Portland area. Anyone out there from PF&R willing to take with me about the department and area. I can be reached at chfd@cox.net Thanks

    My Website: http://www.clevelandheightsfire.com

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    PF&R is actually accepting applications starting today through Oct. 16th. I just applied myself

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    I just applied too. I'm just not sure it's worth giving up almost 7 yrs. seniority, security, etc. Yet... I don't know if I want to spend the next 20 yrs. in Cleveland, Ohio.

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    I've Been On For 5 Yrs., What Would You Like To Know?

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    Hi, is anybody able to provide any insight as to what type of questions are on the entrance exam? Thanks in advance for the help.

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    id like to know which one i should shoot for, trainee or FF/EMT. Im 22, have my california EMT and am going through school with my fire classes. any advise is greatly appreciated.

    Jason

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    Hi Ogomez,
    O.K. Here it goes.
    Is there a residency requirement (do you have to live in the city?)
    How is the housing?
    Are there affordable places to live on the salery?
    How long does it take to get to full pay?
    Do you think layoffs are likely in the future?
    Does it rain every "F"in day in the fall and winter?
    I've heard that OR schools are not great. Are there burbs close to the city with good schools and safe neighborhoods. (I have 2 young children.)
    Do you like your job? Good bunch of guys?
    I like my job here, I like my dept. but Portland sounds like a cool place.
    What's one thing in the city I should check out if I fly to Portland for the test?
    Thanks!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason6368
    id like to know which one i should shoot for, trainee or FF/EMT. Im 22, have my california EMT and am going through school with my fire classes. any advise is greatly appreciated.

    Jason
    you will have to go for ff/emt

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cabulance
    Hi Ogomez,
    O.K. Here it goes.
    Is there a residency requirement (do you have to live in the city?)
    How is the housing?
    Are there affordable places to live on the salery?
    How long does it take to get to full pay?
    Do you think layoffs are likely in the future?
    Does it rain every "F"in day in the fall and winter?
    I've heard that OR schools are not great. Are there burbs close to the city with good schools and safe neighborhoods. (I have 2 young children.)
    Do you like your job? Good bunch of guys?
    I like my job here, I like my dept. but Portland sounds like a cool place.
    What's one thing in the city I should check out if I fly to Portland for the test?
    Thanks!!
    no residency
    housing in the pdx area is very high. The median price is well over 250,000
    no it does not rain everyday. It does however rain most of fall and winter. We really dont have seasons.
    THe schools in portland are in crisis due to budgets. The Burbs are close but you cannot escape problems.
    If you can handle the rain in the fall and winter. Dark gloomy days. PDX is a beautiful city with a diverse population.

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    Is there a residency requirement (do you have to live in the city?)
    How is the housing?
    Are there affordable places to live on the salery?
    How long does it take to get to full pay?
    Do you think layoffs are likely in the future?
    Does it rain every "F"in day in the fall and winter?
    I've heard that OR schools are not great. Are there burbs close to the city with good schools and safe neighborhoods. (I have 2 young children.)
    Do you like your job? Good bunch of guys?
    I like my job here, I like my dept. but Portland sounds like a cool place.
    What's one thing in the city I should check out if I fly to Portland for the test?
    Thanks!!


    I originally moved from Miami, FL and the winters can be grey and rainy but it's more of a light rain and when it rains here its snowing in the mountains. PDX is 1.5 hrs from the mountains and the coast, 3 hrs from the desert and 4 hrs from seattle. We have the 2nd largest city park in the US, hiking is a 30 min drive away.
    -I live in Tigard, OR where the schools are better than Portland. Other areas are Beaverton, Tualatin. We have guys that live in Washington (Vancouver, Ridgefield, La Center)
    -I love the job, great bunch of guys.
    -Layoff aren't likely in the near future
    -You start at 11-something an hour in the academy and then go to 16-something at the end of the first year. From there the bumps are annual and at the end of 5 yrs go to 24.25/hr
    - the training goes
    EMT 2-3 months
    trainee 2 months
    academy 4 months
    training station 6 months ( 3months on the engine/ 3 months on the truck and retesting EMT and running calls on a 24/48 schedule. It is a long proccess and ALOT of academic studying/testing. 2-3 test/week with an 80% pass score required. Physically also very taxing, PT everyday and alot of evolutions.

    On your visit do a brewery tour,w e have over 200 microbreweries and a great winery selection. I would be glad to show you around.

    To the PDX guy, give me an e-mail

    gomez2@comcast.net

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    Hi, is anybody able to provide any insight as to what type of questions are on the entrance exam? Thanks in advance for the help.
    The test is the basic public service type of exam. I studied the BArron's and ARCO study guides and did fine. The passing grade is in the mid to high 90's

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    When I applied I went for the trainee instead of the FF/emt. I need to get my EMT and experience before I shoot for the career. I figured it was the best option

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    Quote Originally Posted by ogomez
    The test is the basic public service type of exam. I studied the BArron's and ARCO study guides and did fine. The passing grade is in the mid to high 90's
    Is it really that high? I also applied for TVFR and order a book for their test. Is there something that I should be studying for the PF&R test?

    Also when I applied to PF&R I only filled out an online section that asked for name, adress, phone number, and social security. Is there another application that is more indepth and ask for a resume/refrences?
    Thanks,
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    I don't think there is anything else but call the recruiting office

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    I just called human resources and they told me that was all they were collecting at the moment. After the test they will start accepting more information

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    go COUGS:

    Are you in Pullman?

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    Yes I am.

    Also does anyone know how long the test for PF&R is?

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    I think it is 4 hrs ( don't quote me)

    if you pass then a 3 person interview, pass then the PT test, then the capt interview.

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    Ogomez, can you tell us what the structure of the test is for PF&R? Is it an open book type test, or memorization-recall type test? Any info you can give would be helpful. Thanks.

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    I believe that it is a memorization-recall type of test. I might be wrong though

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    Get the ARCO and BArron's study guides. It isn't an open book, it's a typical civil service exam: read comp, math, sciences, no fire ?'s

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    ARCO and Barron's? Where can I get these?

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    And your saying that there are no fire questions? On the TVF&R there is nothing but fire questions from their study guide

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    You can get them on line at amazon.com or if in the PDX area, Powell's books may have them. I'm 98% sure there isn't any fire questions. Check with the recruiter for specifics

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoCougs
    ARCO and Barron's? Where can I get these?
    Most any bookstore in the self-help/study guides/reference area.

    Good luck,
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