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    Hey I am from a small career department in central Ohio, would like to know from everybody what their department's process is for promotional processes. Especially the reading list for the different rank's (Lt, Capt, Chief Officer) any info would be appreciated.

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    I work in a small (about 62 paid) department as well. We have just begun to "revamp" our promotional process, including requiring college credits for different levels.

    Acting Lieutenant/ Lieutenant- 5 years of service, Fire Officer I, Inspector I, Intructor I, and I believe 30 hrs of college

    Captain- all of the above as well as: 2 years as a Lieutenant, Fire Officer II, Inspector II, and 60 hrs of college

    Assistant Chief- all of the above as well as: 5 years as a Captain, Fire Officer III, Intructor II, and an Associates Degree

    Deputy and Chief I am unsure of, and these are just the bare minimums to be included in the process. Hope this helps

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    I too am on a small career department. Our promotion happens 2 ways. 1 someone retires and the next guy with the most time gets moved up, kinda like the domino effect. 2 the mayor changes and the chief goes back in the ranks and everything gets moved around again.

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    Here is the info on my department's upcomong testing process:






    TALLAHASSEE FIRE DEPARTMENT

    ANNOUNCEMENT OF PROMOTIONAL PROCESS
    FOR THE CLASSIFICATION OF FIRE LIEUTENANT AND FIRE CAPTAIN

    Application Deadline: MAY 23, 2007 (5 p.m.)
    KEY DATES: Written Examination: JULY 9, 2007 - LT
    JULY 11, 2007 - CAPT
    Eligibility List: SEPTEMBER 1, 2007 – AUGUST 31, 2009

    The Tallahassee Fire Department will conduct the promotional process for the classification of Fire Lieutenant and Fire Captain in accordance with the terms and conditions of this announcement. A two-year eligibility list will be established.

    MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:

    In order to be eligible for promotion to Fire Lieutenant, a candidate must:

    1. Have a high school diploma or an equivalent recognized certificate. Have four years of full-time firefighting experience, one of which must have been with the Tallahassee Fire Department.

    2. In order to participate in the Fire Lieutenant promotional process,
    candidates must meet the minimum training and experience requirements during the life of the Eligibility List, September 1, 2007 through August 31, 2009, and must have completed one year with the Tallahassee Fire Department prior to September 1, 2007.

    3. Must possess a Chauffeur/Class "D" State of Florida Driver License at the time of appointment. Must possess and maintain an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certification at the time of promotion. Must successfully complete the Fire Department’s Fire Driver-Operator Certification Program before being promoted to Lieutenant.

    In order to be eligible for promotion to Fire Captain, a candidate must:

    1. Graduation from a two year college with course work in fire science, fire, business or public administration, medical technology or a related field, and four years of paid fire fighting experience in a department comparable in size to the Tallahassee Fire Department, two years of which must have been in a supervisory capacity. A Bachelor’s degree in fire science, fire, business, medical technology or public administration may substitute for one year of the required paid fire-fighting experience.



    The following equivalencies are applicable only to personnel hired by the Tallahassee Fire Department prior to December 01, 1999: One year of college with course work in fire science, fire, business or public administration, or a related field, and five years of paid fire fighting experience in a department of comparable in size to the Tallahassee Fire Department, two years of which must have been in a supervisory capacity; or possession of a high school diploma or its equivalent and six years of paid fire fighting experience in a department comparable in size to the Tallahassee Fire Department, two years of which must have been in a supervisory capacity.

    The following equivalency is applicable only to personnel to be assigned to the Emergency Medical Services Division: Up to two years of paid emergency medical services experience may be substituted for the required paid firefighting experience.

    In addition to the requirements stated above, personnel assigned to the functional areas designated below must possess the additional training or certification indicated:

    Fire Prevention: Must possess Florida Fire Safety Inspector Certification.

    Investigations: Must possess Florida Fire Investigator and Florida Law Enforcement Certifications.

    Emergency Medical Services: Must possess Paramedic Certification by the State of Florida and attending privileges, as approved by the Leon County Medical Director, and maintain same as a condition of continued employment in the job class.

    2. In order to participate in the Fire Captain promotional process,
    candidates must meet the minimum training and experience requirements during the life of the Eligibility List, September 1, 2007 through August 31, 2009, and must have completed one year with the Tallahassee Fire Department prior to September 1, 2007.

    3. Must possess a Class “E” or higher State of Florida Driver License at the time of appointment. Must possess and maintain an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certification at the time of promotion.

    Candidates must successfully pass the written examination in order to participate in the oral assessment interview. Candidates must successfully pass the oral assessment interview in order to be placed on the eligibility list.

    NOTE: Education cannot be substituted for the required years of experience.



    All candidates meeting the minimum eligibility requirements are urged to apply for promotion and to participate fully in the promotional process. Qualified, on-duty personnel will be given the opportunity to participate in the promotional process.

    APPLICATIONS:
    Applicants must apply at Station 1, front office. Applications will be accepted between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., May 8 through May 23, 2007. A new application must be submitted. Photocopies of applications are acceptable. Please complete the attached form regarding whether you are keeping your current score(s) or retesting and attach it to the application. Applications received or post marked after 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23, 2007, will not be accepted.


    ELIGIBILITY PROCESS:

    The eligibility process will consist of a written examination, an oral assessment interview, seniority, and education. Education points will be given as follows: One point each for Florida Fire Officer I, Florida Fire Safety Inspector, Florida Arson Investigator, Associates of Arts (A.A.) or Associates of Science (A.S.) degree or higher, and Florida Paramedic Certification. The weights for each of the eligibility criteria are as follows:

    Written Examination- 45%
    Oral Assessment Interview- 40%
    Seniority Points- 10
    Education Points- 5
    Maximum Possible Score- 100%

    Candidates must successfully pass the written examination in order to participate in the oral assessment interview. Candidates must successfully pass the oral assessment interview in order to be placed on the eligibility list. The procedure for establishing the minimum passing score for the written exam will be spelled out later in this announcement. All individuals who pass both the written and oral assessment interview will have seniority points added to their scores in accordance with the procedures set forth later in this announcement.


    WRITTEN EXAMINATION:

    A written examination, prepared and administered by the Tallahassee Fire Department Training Division will be conducted for all eligible Lieutenant candidates on Monday, July 9, 2007. The exam will be held at the Amtrak Building located at 918 Railroad Avenue. There will be 2 exam sessions, one from 8:30 am to 10:30 am and the second from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.


    A written examination, prepared and administered by the Tallahassee Fire Department Training Division will be conducted for all eligible Captain candidates on Wednesday, July 11, 2007. The exam will be held at the Amtrak Building located at 918 Railroad Avenue. There will be 2 exam sessions, one from 8:30 am to 10:30 am and the second from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

    You will be notified as to which session you are assigned prior to the test date. Candidates are encouraged to arrive (15) minutes early. Any candidate arriving after the start of the exam, respectively, will be denied entry and the opportunity to take the examination.


    READING LIST AND CANDIDATE STUDY GUIDE

    The Reading List (attached) will provide additional assistance in preparing for the written examination. Questions on the written examination will be referenced to specific study material available at each station in the Tallahassee Fire Department.


    TEST ADMINISTRATION:

    The Tallahassee Fire Department Training Division and TFD Human Resources will administer the tests. A representative from the City Human Resources Department will be present at the beginning of the written examination and will periodically monitor the assessment center. A representative of Local 2339, International Association of Fire Fighters, may attend the written examination. Only scheduled, qualified candidates will be admitted into the testing area.

    The identity of all candidates will be concealed by use of a candidate identification number system. Each candidate will fill in an identification form containing name, date, and signature. Each candidate will then verify that the identification number on the answer key is the same as it is on the identification form. The identification form will then be sealed inside an envelope. This number will then identify the candidate’s answer sheet only. The sealed identification envelopes, the only document that matches number to name, will be collected and placed in a larger envelope. The larger envelope will be sealed and given to a representative of the City Human Resources Department for safekeeping until the written examination process is completed. No one will know the identity of any of the candidates until after the Training Division has scored the examination.


    WRITTEN EXAMINATION REVIEW:

    All candidates will have an opportunity to review their examination after all exam sessions are complete. See the All Personnel memo for dates, times and locations of the review sessions. Only qualified candidates that participated in the written examination will be admitted into the examination review area.


    PASSING SCORE:

    Passing score for the written examination is 70%.

    After receiving the written examination results, the identification number envelopes will be opened and the scores will be assigned. Representatives of the City of Tallahassee Human Resources Department and Fire Department will be present. A representative of Local 2339, International Association of Firefighters may also be present when the identification envelopes are opened and scores assigned.


    NOTIFICATION TO CANDIDATES:

    The Fire Chief, or her designee will notify all candidates, individually and in writing, of their written examination scores. Candidates who successfully complete the written examination will be eligible to participate in the oral assessment interview. The scores will then be posted by identification number.


    ORAL ASSESSMENT INTERVIEW

    Each candidate who successfully completes the written examination will be invited to participate in the oral assessment interview. The oral assessment interview is scheduled for the week of July 30, 2007, and each candidate will be notified of the exact date, time and location of the assessment interview, after the written examination results are posted. Candidates not present at their scheduled times will be denied entry. Candidates shall arrive promptly for their scheduled times.

    Information concerning the oral assessment interview will be available to those candidates successfully passing the Written Examination. Candidates may be videotaped during the oral assessment interview process and their performances evaluated at a later date.

    The Oral Assessment Interview Board may consist of a management consultant, or someone in a related field, fire officers (holding the rank of Fire Captain or higher for the Lieutenant assessment and Battalion Chief or higher for the Captain assessment), from a career fire department, and a representative from the Tallahassee Fire Department.



    NOTIFICATION:

    Candidates will be individually notified, in writing, by the Fire Chief or her designee, of their oral assessment interview scores. The scores will then be posted by identification number.


    SENIORITY POINT AWARD:

    All candidates who pass both the written exam and oral assessment interview will be awarded additional points for on-the-job experience as follows:

    Seniority points will be calculated using the department seniority date for the employee as it appears on the Department’s Seniority List. Using that date, each person on the list will be given .5 point for each 6 months of service with the department to a maximum of 10 points, beginning after Year 4. Seniority points are calculated from the seniority list date to August 31, 2007.


    ELIGIBILITY LIST:

    A final eligibility list score for all candidates who pass both the written exam and assessment center will be computed in accordance with the weights set forth earlier in this announcement. Eligibility lists for the ranks of Lieutenant and Captain, naming all qualifying candidates, will be posted in descending, final-score order, by identification number.





    2007 Promotional Exam Study List
    for Lieutenant and Captain Exams

    Lieutenant

    IFSTA Fire Department Company Officer 3rd Ed.
    Chapters 5,6,9,13,16,17,18,20,21,22

    IFSTA Hazardous Materials for First Responder 3rd Ed.
    Chap. 2,3,5,6,7,8,9

    Fire Command, Brunacini, 2nd Ed
    Chapters 1,2,3,4,6,8

    Firefighting Principals & Practices, Clark, 2nd Ed.
    Chap. 14,15,16

    IFSTA Essential of Firefighting 4th Ed.
    Chapters1, 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,19

    City of Tallahassee Policies and Procedures Section 706 http://cotweb/citynet/hr/Personnel_Manual/hrd.htm

    Tallahassee Fire Department SOPs Sections 200s, 600s, 700s, 900s
    http://cotweb/newcitynet/content.asp...tType=Download

    Collective Bargaining Agreement Articles 9, 15, 18, 19, 24, 28
    http://www.iafflocal2339.org/contract2006.htm - agreement


    Captain

    IFSTA Fire Department Company Officer 3rd Ed.
    Chapters 3,4,5,6,7,9,12,13,16,17,18,20,21,22

    IFSTA Hazardous Materials for First Responder 3rd Ed.
    Chap. 2,3,5,6,7,8,9

    Fire Command, Brunacini, 2nd Ed
    Chapters 1,2,3,4,6,8

    Firefighting Principals & Practices, Clark, 2nd Ed.
    Chap. 14,15,16

    IFSTA Essential of Firefighting 4th Ed.
    Chapters1, 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,19

    City of Tallahassee Policies and Procedures Section 706
    http://cotweb/citynet/hr/Personnel_Manual/hrd.htm

    Tallahassee Fire Department SOPs Sections 200s, 600s, 700s, 900s
    http://cotweb/newcitynet/content.asp...tType=Download

    Collective Bargaining Agreement Articles 9, 15, 18, 19, 24, 28
    http://www.iafflocal2339.org/contract2006.htm - agreement


    2007 Promotional Exam for Lieutenant

    Employee Name: _________________ Date: ___________

    __ First time taking test

    If you are on the current promotional list, please indicate below which action you wish to take for the written test and the oral assessment. There should be one check mark in each column. Please refer to AP Memo #023 for additional information.


    Action Written Oral Assessment
    Keep current list’s score
    Take test



    Employee Signature ___________________________


    This form must be attached to the application when you turn it in to the front office.
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