I'll try to answer questions as best I can. Let me say a few things before I begin.
1st GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF A YOU! It's a great job!
2nd Unforfunately, I have to give you a little disclaimer about the biz here right now. I think it would be OK for anyone to drop by a firehouse and talk to the fellas, but I must warn you there is a lot of tension, and some disgruntled guys. There has been a 4 year battle over promotions, which should end very soon. I doubt anyone would be rude to you, actually the worst you could expect is they might try to encourage you to go somewhere else "better". It sucks about the promotions, but it's still a good job here. So, take that in stride, and concentrate on the business you have to take care of this week.....
Now on with the questions.............
Not within walking distance really. The center kind of sits on the border of a couple of Still Districts. Engine 2 (Union No. 2) is on Tucker and Spruce along with H&L 6, B2. The Shops and old training tower are behind the 2's. If you walk about 2-3 blocks East on Spruce, you will run right into the Stan Musial Statue at Busch Stadium. I would say yuo could come visit me, but my oldest turns 13 on Friday and we will be out of town. That would be the best house to visit downtown.Quote:
Are there any fire houses near the convention center? I'm coming in from Milwaukee a day early and was hoping to possibly visit one if I have some free time.
I'm told experience will help you, I don't know for sure. In my recruit class there were 4 of us that came from different departments. We were in the 2nd class off the list. As far as hiring minorities and women go, it's an even playing field now. 1 for 1 is gone. Full-time citty emploees get 5 extra points instead for hiring priority now. So if you are on your game, you have a pretty good shot.Quote:
Does St. Louis usually only hire people with a lot of experience?
Are they big in hiring minorities and women? Or is is usually about even?
My test was a modified "Combat Challenge", but i hear they may be giving the CPAT this time. I also hear they have hired an outside firm to do the whole testing process to keep some chronic complainers off their back, and keep it from being biased.Quote:
Is their physical test the CPAT or their own PAT?
-Ragazzis is good, actually, anything on "The Hill" is good.Quote:
I'm coming in from Florida a day early as well(testing Thursday coming in tomorrow) and am thinking about just exploring a bit of the city, any hot spots to check out(could be anything, doesn't necessarily have to be firehouse related)?
-Check out "The Landing" in the evening. Lots of good resturants and stuff.It's the earliest settlement in St. Louis right on the river front just North of the Arch.
-The Arch is cool of it's a clear day, and there is a pretty cool musem below the Arch.
-We have one of the best zoos in the world, located in Forest Park. Also a world class Science Center.
-Check out historic Union Staion located downtown on Market Street. Vist the Fudge Factory near the rear entrance.
- Out of towners....when you are dining out, you have to try toasted ravioli.
-Lots of good bar/grills in Soulard, and one of the oldest open air markets in the country.
-You can't complete a trip to StL w/out a visit to Ted Drewes located in south city on Cippewa. It's a famous frozen custard stand on historic Route 66.
Hey...gotta run my kid to a Dr. appointment. All of these and more can be found in StLouis Magazine that should be in your hotel room. I'll try to give more ideas later...any questions drop me a line.
Good luck, be safe..............................................