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    I think I'm worried just like the rest of you. This is something that I'm really hoping for, If I don't get it I know there is always next year.

    I am a little worried about the last question they asked, "Do you have any questions or comments"? I told them I didn't have any questions but I commented about my fathers death. He was a fireman for the Memphis fire department and was killed in the line of duty in 2003 in an arson fire. There were a couple law suits involved and I thought they might need to know that information. Do you think this could possibly hurt me?

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    Hey, is there a program of study at UT to get a fire science degree? Any colleges nearby w/ fire service degrees? I have a two-year degree from Cleveland State and IF... I get hired, I'd like to try and continue my education. Isn't there an incentive of continuing your education there?

    And is anybody getting letters or packages in the mail, yet? I interviewed on the 2nd of Oct. and haven't heard a thing... That's only two and half weeks, though.

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    No I interviewed on Oct. 1 and have not gotten anything. I'll post when something comes in.

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    Hey cmfireguy. I had a few random questions I have been wondering about. How often does the city burn? What areas get the most fire? I know in my department it is the low income areas. Since the KFD has a long past, are you guys, as a department big on traditions? Do you think the city will take over EMS transport or will they continue to contract with RMA? I know the starting pay is around $26-27K but are there any talks of raises? Does the city have a step plan or are the raises solely cost of living 3.5% What does the avg. FF/PM make? Thanks for reading.

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    UT doesn't offer a Fire Science Degree. My wife works in the Advising Office there at the University. She told me that they are looking into a program. However it could take a few years for the University to develop the program. On the other hand, If you already have your AS from Cleveland State you can complete your BA or BS degree online at the University of Memphis, They have a great Fire Science in program.

    I will be honest with you though. It really doesn't matter what type of degree you have. They just want to see that you spent the extra time and effort to go to school. It will also help out in the promotional process. When I went through the Academy we had a guy that had his Masters in Chemistry.


    They haven't sent out the Post Interview forms as of yet. They are still in the pocess of ranking candidates. It will be approx. another 2-3 Weeks before they send out the post packets.


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    If I can help out in any other way please let me know.

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    Hey guys, good luck on the process. From what we are hearing around here, letters and packets should be going out sometime in November if you were chosen to continue in the process. Academy start date looks to be sometime after the first of the year (Mar-April). Good luck and check out our site for more info below:

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    KFDengine6 I like the website. Do any of the other houses have their own website that you know of? Also, looking at the station staffing... what are the differences with FF/Master/Senior? Is it education, years of service, pay?

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    Default question for cmfireguy??

    Well, so far so good, I got my letter in the mail saying I was selected to continue through the rest of the process. Thanks for the help along the way. I go November 2nd for the info workshop. How do things work from there. I know the remaining parts of the process, just wandering how long till you really know if your in for the academy. I have talked w/ my friends that work for KFD and they had told me that I should be selected pending I pass the polygraph. I know from last years hiring posts on this that they dropped alot of people during the polygraph. I told the truth to my fullest, but some of my questions are open ended, I just dont want any room for doubt. Also I had talked to the rep. from the civil service to find out if I was on the hired list or the reserve list. She said if you received a letter the you were slated for the academy pending I pass the requirements. True or not? As always thanks for the help, and any pointers you can give for the remainder of the process would be great.

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    Default Brandon 32251:

    Are you from Florida? I see your 32251 and that looks like a Florida zip code... Just wondering. I however, have not got a letter yet. Hopefully I'll see one in the next couple of days. I hope you live in Tennessee because that would mean there's STILL a chance since I live a few hundred miles away... Sheesh.

    I'm no medic but I'm hoping my EMT-B cert. and veteran's status looks good... We'll see. Good luck!

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    I haven't got my letter yet but I have a question... brandon32251 you said you got your letter and the info. work shop was Nov. 2, that's this Friday. That's not much notice. When did you get your letter in the mail? Well I'm hoping to get my letter in the mail tomorrow 10/31, but if the workshops Thursday that's not much notice considering I live in Memphis. Is there more then one workshop?
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    hey guys, ansewering your questions--- I recieved certified letter in the mail Friday the 26th of this month. But the postal service first tried to deliver it the 19th. It told me that I was selected to continue through the process and the first step is a mandatory info workshop on Friday the 2nd. I dont know what it is about, but I hear there is a drug test after. To ansewer someone elses question , I am from east Tennessee. I dont know if there is more than one workshop. That would be a question for cmfireguy. I wish you guys luck and hope you get your letter soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CNSR58 View Post
    KFDengine6 I like the website. Do any of the other houses have their own website that you know of? Also, looking at the station staffing... what are the differences with FF/Master/Senior? Is it education, years of service, pay?
    None of the other houses have sites yet...there are a few that are working on getting them up. As far as different ranks go, we have FF (private), Senior FF (Assistant Driver--can ride the back or drive), Master FF (Driver), and Fire Officer (Captain). FF to SFF = 2 years, SFF to MFF = 2 years and MFF to Captain = 2 years. That is assuming that tests are given in that time period and in order. The time table above is just when you are elidgible to test for the next rank. If they offered promotional tests every 2 years for each rank, we would move fairly quick. But, like with anything, if you do well and test well on promotional tests, you will move up...it's like that anywhere.

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    I was worried too after reading brandon's posting. Nov 2 isn't much notice, so I called and found out that civil service already mailed the letters to the ones who were selected to move on. There could still be hope for you if you call. I found out I was on the alternate list and only need 1 person to fail a portion of the test to continue in the process. They told me that last year they went through all 15 alternates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brandon32251 View Post
    hey guys, ansewering your questions--- I recieved certified letter in the mail Friday the 26th of this month. But the postal service first tried to deliver it the 19th. It told me that I was selected to continue through the process and the first step is a mandatory info workshop on Friday the 2nd. I dont know what it is about, but I hear there is a drug test after. To ansewer someone elses question , I am from east Tennessee. I dont know if there is more than one workshop. That would be a question for cmfireguy. I wish you guys luck and hope you get your letter soon.

    Nope, there shouldnt be more than one workshop. This is just to say congrats, give you some information, give you more things to fill out, the formalities basically.

    Letters go to the guys that are selected, FIRST. Then, letters go out the rest saying, THANKS FOR YOU INTEREST, PLEASE TRY AGAIN NEXT YEAR. But, the alternate list is a good thing, there are ALWAYS people that do not make it throug the polygraph or the background and most times the alternate list is exhausted as well just to fill the holes left from the ones that fail out of the process.

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    I started sweatin' bullets when I didn't get a letter for this Friday's workshop so I called to see if I needed to be there on Friday if, by chance, there was a possibility that the Post Office was late getting me the letter... She said that the human resource dept. is working on co-ordinating a day that people living far from Knoxville will be able to come and do EVERYTHING in one day (polygraph, urinalysis, etc.) that is IF you're one of the selected candidates. She said that info has yet to be sent and will be shortly. She also said you'll get a letter either way...

    Just thought I'd share...

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    So does that mean the out-of-towners still have a chance at a workshop? It's Wed. and still no sign of any letter, even a rejection letter. Same can be said for a buddy of mine who interviewed, nothing yet. Again we are from Memphis so maybe we will get a letter referencing a different workshop. If not there's always next year. Thanks for the info. Please keep me updated on any new news.

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    Default Out-of-towners still have a chance...

    Yhea, I talked to Vikki and she said they're co-ordinating it so if you live out of the area, you'll get a letter asking you to come in and do the workshop thing and all the other things at the same time. Just like when we took the civil service test and physical agilities test on the same day. All the locals had to do it two separate days. I bet because there will be such a LARGE number of people from K-ville, there's not enough time for them to do all the things in one day like they can with us, since we're a select few... And yes, she said you'll get a letter whether you're wanted or not. So I would wait for your letter... and I got the impression that they've yet to send them out because they're trying to figure out how they're going to co-ordinate all the paperwork and tests.

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    Davesoutside- Thanks for the info. Let me know when you get your letter. How far away are you from Knoxville?

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    I live in Jacksonville, Florida... raised in Cleveland, Tn. though. The wife grew up in Knoxville, too. We're hoping to be moving back to God's country soon!

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    I know. My wife and I have been wanting to move Knoxville for about 3 years now. Getting this firefighters postion would give us a reason to. I've been trying to get on with Memphis but they are only in need of medics right now and I only have my EMT. Well good luck, and again keep me updated if you hear or receive anything.

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    I just got back from the info. workshop. It went exactly like you said it would(formalities). One thing that really concerns me is the HR rep. kept saying "if you pass the polygraph". She said that they started w/ 30 people last year and droped 15 during the polygraph. That was the reason for all 15 alternates getting in last year. Like i've said in my previous posts, I told the truth to the best of my ability. I have done some mild drugs and took some money from my parents when I was younger,and stole some road signs, but, thats about it. I did tell them about it in my background packet. What kind of questions do they ask you? Im just curious because it seems like a stretch that the original 15 last year failed and all 15 alternates passed the polygraph. Any heads up would be great. Also I heard that they will ask you "Have you done anything to get you disqualified from the hiring process". What are the asking for because that seems to be a pretty open ended question? Thanks for the ansewers!

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    Thumbs up For those still waiting......

    Hey guys, When they were handing out the packets to everyone today there were a total of 26 people there, but, there was still alot of packets in the box. I dont know if there were supposed to be more people in the room today or if those packets were for alternates. I am really not sure....but you never know.(if you get what im saying)Good luck guys!

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    Hey guys sorry its been a while since I've been on. There may be another mandatory meeting depending on the need. IF you received a letter for the mandatory meeting, all you have to do is pass the 3 reqirements and your into the Academy. that easy. the polygraph is not to gig you. he will just ask you questions that you submitted on your packet that they had you filled out. Pretty Simple. Just don't LIE. They really don't care what you did prior just tell them. and be honest about it.

    If you haven't received a letter yet don't panic quite yet. It just means your on the alternates list, and you will get a letter when your selected to continue or if all of the positions have been filled.

    They have slotted for 27 positions into the academy. Any other Questions?? I will be checking on a daily basis from here on.

    Good Luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by brandon32251 View Post
    I just got back from the info. workshop. It went exactly like you said it would(formalities). One thing that really concerns me is the HR rep. kept saying "if you pass the polygraph". She said that they started w/ 30 people last year and droped 15 during the polygraph. That was the reason for all 15 alternates getting in last year. Like i've said in my previous posts, I told the truth to the best of my ability. I have done some mild drugs and took some money from my parents when I was younger,and stole some road signs, but, thats about it. I did tell them about it in my background packet. What kind of questions do they ask you? Im just curious because it seems like a stretch that the original 15 last year failed and all 15 alternates passed the polygraph. Any heads up would be great. Also I heard that they will ask you "Have you done anything to get you disqualified from the hiring process". What are the asking for because that seems to be a pretty open ended question? Thanks for the ansewers!
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    Tell the truth. They will ask you things both from what you put on your information packet other questions that are not on the packet. For the most part, they have heard it before if you have done it--just tell them about it. Also, last year, they pulled more than 15 alternates because having a group of 45 (30 original and 15 alternates) were not enough to field a class of 30. They kept pulling names until they got 30 qualified people. That's how it happened. And they do ask you open ended questions--just be sure to answer them entirely. Knoxville's polygraph is probably one the most indepth
    around but as long as you answer honestly, you won't have a problem, and that's the type of person KFD is looking for.
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    If I something to add to the questionnaire pertaining to STEALING something, should I and will they give me a chance to? I've stolen stuff when I was a kid and TOTALLY forgot about it... That junk was over 13 years ago! Other than that, I don't really have alot of bad stuff to declare... Should I speak up or no?

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