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    Default Am I disqualified?

    I'm considering applying to the Los Angeles county fire dept.
    and I just wanted to know how big of a factor does having a marijuana misdameanor from 3 years ago play a part in the hiring practices of a department?

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    You might have a small shot. Since the process it long and slow, you could meet the 5 year window. Or atleast test and make the list.

    Atleast for now you not going to smoke it anymore, right?

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    Default On line application

    You can easly find out if you would be considered by filling out the LA City Personal History Questionaire (PHQ) here: http://www.lacity.org/per/psb/lafd_applyHow.htm

    Preliminary Background Questionnaire
    So you take an on-line Preliminary Background Questionnaire (PBQ) and when you try to continue it flashes PERMANENT DISQUALIFICATION! or, There Could Be a Delay in Your Background. What happened?

    Well, you probably answered correctly or incorrectly yes to a question that had a threshold that was an automatic disqualification. You still might not be out of the woods on some of your answers. They could come back to haunt you later in the process. Make sure you go back and double check your answers. You would be surprised what percentages of candidates are being disqualified from this process.

    The Preliminary Background Questionnaire is designed to eliminate candidates early on in the hiring process before they spend lots of time and money on those who they would tank later.

    More on the LA City hiring process here:

    "Nothing counts 'til you have the badge . . . Nothing!"

    More Tips on getting hired and promoted by Firehouse Contributing Author Fire “Captain Bob” Articles here:

    Fire "Captain Bob"


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    since we are on the topic of backgrounds and pasts i was planning on putting them onto my application, but was wondering if i really need to. I have had a couple of Equipment tickets that have been fixed and were cleared, do i need to put them on the application. I have put them on other applications just mailny wondering if it is necessary?

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