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    West Hartford has its application out for firefighter.

    I had a couple of questions if anyone knows.

    Top step for pay?
    25 years for retirement? @ what % of pay and does it include overtime?
    Health bennies after retirement?

    thanks for any info


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    Thanks for the info

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    Taken from the town of west hartford web page: http://westhartford.org/TownServices...ighter2007.pdf

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    The new guys will be on a tiered contract. 25 years to retire with full bennies and age 50. pension is calculated to be 2 1/2 % a year including OT but not exceed 85% of your base salary. Also there is a cola for the new guys.

    Starting pay is $51,298 plus 12 holidays
    Top step will be in the mid $70k when you get there. (Our contract hasn't been negotiated that far)
    We have 5 steps (Equal to 5 years)

    Full health care bennefits for retirements and their families.

    FF II & Paramedic are prefered but not required. Rumor has it they are trying to save money by skipping the accademy. We do not currently run a paramedic service.
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    Thanks Keith. Sounds like a sweet heart dept to work for. Seems if you havnt gotten your cpat before theres no time allowed to get it for application deadline.

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    Too bad I don't have my CPAT card yet :-( Otherwise my app would already be in.

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    The cpat thing is going to be an issue. I would put in the app in anyway and attach a note stating you have an appointment for x date. I think they will find a very small pool of candidates otherwise. They posted this test with no chance of anyone obtaining a cpat card in the allotted time. I'm not sure if they realize that or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KeithA8 View Post
    The cpat thing is going to be an issue. I would put in the app in anyway and attach a note stating you have an appointment for x date. I think they will find a very small pool of candidates otherwise. They posted this test with no chance of anyone obtaining a cpat card in the allotted time. I'm not sure if they realize that or not.

    I called Human Resources the other day. Since I am taking the CPAT in November. The person I spoke with said no dice on applying without a current CPAT card. We will have to see how the whole thing pans out

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    Quote Originally Posted by KeithA8 View Post
    The new guys will be on a tiered contract. 25 years to retire with full bennies and age 50. pension is calculated to be 2 1/2 % a year including OT but not exceed 85% of your base salary. Also there is a cola for the new guys.

    Starting pay is $51,298 plus 12 holidays
    Top step will be in the mid $70k when you get there. (Our contract hasn't been negotiated that far)
    We have 5 steps (Equal to 5 years)

    Full health care bennefits for retirements and their families.

    FF II & Paramedic are prefered but not required. Rumor has it they are trying to save money by skipping the accademy. We do not currently run a paramedic service.

    keith what do you mean at age 50? And what is cola for the new guys?

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    I think cola means a "Cost of Living Allowance". Def seems like a really great department to work for.

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    Our last contract was tiered for the new guys hired after 2005. They must have 25 years and be age 50 to receive all the retired benefits. This is not an issue for most people unless you get on before you are 25 years old. Most guy stay 25-30 years anyway. Our pension max's out at 30 years. The new guys have a cola which we do not have. What that means is that you will continue to get a raise every year after you retire. Your max pension will not excede 80% of your base salary. Mine is 95% but I don't have a cola.
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    Thanks for the info, much appreciated. is there alot of opennings?

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    Sounds like a really decent set-up. Does anyone know if they are putting a list together just to have one to draw from or if there are any actual or anticipated openings?

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    I'm not sure how many they will hire. We currently have 4 vacancies.

    West Hartford is a GREAT dept to work for. We don't get the fires Hartford gets but everthing else considered it's a great job!!! We run 2 engines, 3 quints and a battalion chief out of 5 stations. Fantastic benefit package, top pay, many promotoinal opportunities. Promotions include driver, Lt, Capt, BC, Lt mechanic, Capt of training. We run a 3 days on - 3 days off - 3 nights on - 3 days off schedule. Which equals to a 42 hour week. Four person companies.
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    If you are serious about getting on the job anywhere, you would already have your CPAT.

    What is your current top step?

    How many OT's do you avg./year?

    Are you paid straight time or 1.5?

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    I believe current top step is 64.

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    How about call volume? Fire load?

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    A friend of mine is one of West Hartford's Battalion Chiefs. I ran into him the other day and he said there are currently 2 openings and 1 or 2 more in the next few months. As far as the CPAT goes, they are doing exactly what New Britain did last year. You must have a CPAT card WITH your application turned in by the posted deadline. If you don't have one or you are not signed up for the test this coming week you are SOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CTJAKE View Post
    If you are serious about getting on the job anywhere, you would already have your CPAT.
    I would like to second this statement. It helped me out alot when I was testing. I was just about to take it a second time as most departments only honor it for a year. But it will definatly help you all out in being prepared for any dept. that tests.

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    are they just looking for paramedics?

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