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    Seeing so many math questions kinda threw me off guard for a second, but i eventually got in my groove and finished rather quickly... Like stated before nothing real tricky just common math and reading comprehension....

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    Default just some friendly advice...

    Quote Originally Posted by JLam77 View Post
    Can I make a small request?...Please stop *****ting up my thread.
    Wow...your thread? Testy aren't we?

    I'm not looking to start anything, but try to be a little more respectful of the officers and chiefs here. You were only just thanking them for their help and insights just four months ago.

    Good luck,
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    Quote Originally Posted by ffbam24 View Post
    Wow...your thread? Testy aren't we?

    I'm not looking to start anything, but try to be a little more respectful of the officers and chiefs here. You were only just thanking them for their help and insights just four months ago.

    Good luck,
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    And I will continue to thank them for their help and insights, and as I said I may even buy their products. But it seems that some folks can't let a single thread go by without dropping an ad into it.

    Respect goes both ways, and there's a fine line between help and spam.

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    Does anyone know about how long it takes to receive the results of the written exam?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JLam77 View Post
    Does anyone know about how long it takes to receive the results of the written exam?
    Just got mine today... Good news travels fast supposedly with LA City...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ADlBOO View Post
    Just got mine today... Good news travels fast supposedly with LA City...
    I got my letter today too. I'm scheduled for my oral interview on Oct 25th.

    Here's some info on the LA City orals that was posted on this forum a few months back. The following quote was pulled from this thread:

    Okay, you get to the Personnel Department on Temple Street. Bring quarters because there are parking meters. Come somewhat early but not too early. Some guys don't show and they might call you in early, but I also noted the desk staff looking... what might have been annoyance at one fellow who came way too early and was disturbing them.

    Bring your interview letter, your Driver's License, and several copies of your polished resume. Hopefully, you've already done the mock interview and had your resume looked at, because the resume you need is not the traditional resume.

    You'll sign in, be given a paper stating the guidelines of the interview. On a board on the wall to the right of the check in desk, there are the names listed of the interviewers that day. If you see a person you know on the list, or who may know of you, inform the front desk staff.

    Then you sit and wait. A person will come out and greet you. This may or may not be one of your interviewers. If you've taken the initiative to memorize those names listed, you'll know. Either way, be courteous and confident because your interview has just started. You'll be escorted back, instructed to place all of your belongings down on a secure area, and will proceed to a private room with a table and chairs. You'll be introduced to the person(s) in the room. You will have no less than a Captain with LAFD and a civilian member of the Personnel Department. A community representative may also be present. All of them are scoring you. There will be a single chair on one side of the table in which you will be instructed to sit. They sit on the other side. Use all cordiality as expected of a gentleman when entering a room, being introduced, and being seated. If it wasn't your interviewer who escorted you, then be sure to thank the person who brought you in.

    The interviewers will already have your resume in front of them and have already scanned it over. Then the questions start. They may be either deadpan expression, conversational, or strictly professional. Regardless, your answers are being graded.

    Questions are asked which may or may not go into greater detail. They take turns asking, but all are audience to your reply.

    You'll be offered a concluding statement. Refer to the experts as for what is best at this point.

    You then are asked to wait outside. They come out and tell you what to do next.

    A couple of other things to add:

    The others in the waiting room may or not be there for Fire Recruit. Some are promoting and others are there for city works. Beware anyone running their mouth off as the staff and interviewers are within earshot.

    How thorough were your station visits? Can you say where the nozzleman sits and why? The full daily activity of a recruit, probationary, and fireman? Do you know the type of drills you'll be running? Do you know what Volume 3 is and it's importance? Can you explain the full range, structure, and divisions of LAFD? If not, go right back into the stations and ask. This isn't to say that any of this will be asked in the interview, but it will make a world of difference in your ability to confidently speak about LAFD. It will show.
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    Thanks for posting that link, some good info in there... I have mine october 19. Definately scheduling some mock interviews...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JLam77 View Post
    I got my letter today too. I'm scheduled for my oral interview on Oct 25th.

    Here's some info on the LA City orals that was posted on this forum a few months back. The following quote was pulled from this thread:

    So when you say polished resume, you need to have a resume made and ready to give them in the inverview??

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    so when you say to bring your polished resume, you need make and bring your own resume to the interview?

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    Default so you need to have and take a resume for the interview?

    so you need to have and take a resume for the interview?

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    I think you'd be making a huge mistake by not bringing a resume with you.

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    Smile Pretty far in the Process

    Hey guys, I'm new to this forum but I'm willing to help with any questions anybody has...My background investigator finished with my case and turned it in for review 2 weeks ago...so I'm just waiting to hear word.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moondee74 View Post
    Hey guys, I'm new to this forum but I'm willing to help with any questions anybody has...My background investigator finished with my case and turned it in for review 2 weeks ago...so I'm just waiting to hear word.
    Hey Moondee, can you enable Private Messaging in your user CP?

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    Hey moondee
    Thats great that you are done with your backgrounds. I finished my background interview back in Augest and have not heard anything back yet. I did get a letter that said I scored a 105 on my oral interview, I got the extra five points because I am a Vet. Can you feel me in on how long it took for your back ground investigater to contact you. I do not have any thing bad on my background and I am just wondering how long it should take to hear from my investigator.
    I am new to firehouse.com, But I am going to try and enable my PM, feel free to drop me a line.
    thanks

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    If you are not given a background packet after the Oral Does that mean you failed or were not good enough to advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FFMike357 View Post
    If you are not given a background packet after the Oral Does that mean you failed or were not good enough to advance.
    Pretty much. It doesn't necessarily mean you failed, but unless you get a 95 or 100 you're probably out of it. Only those with 95 or above get a packet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FFMike357 View Post
    If you are not given a background packet after the Oral Does that mean you failed or were not good enough to advance.

    Quote Originally Posted by JLam77 View Post
    Pretty much. It doesn't necessarily mean you failed, but unless you get a 95 or 100 you're probably out of it. Only those with 95 or above get a packet.
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    When I finished my oral interview for LAFD they handed me a background packet. 2 weeks later I got something in the mail saying that I received a score of 90% on my interview. So, not only those with a 95 or above get a packet. WHo knows...
    Last edited by FF2005; 02-03-2008 at 06:22 AM.

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    Just thought I'd bump this thread in case anyone has any more to add to the discussion.

    I had my background interview on 12/12 and on 2/1 I got a letter stating I passed my initial panel review. I'm just now waiting for an investigator to contact me.

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    Thanks for the update JLam. I'm in LA right now. I had my oral at 8:00AM and passed. Then my background at 11:30AM and passed that as well. So it's on the that long initial panel wait.

    The interview was easily the most comfortable interview I've ever had. About 3 minutes in, I felt like I wasn't even trying to impress them. It seemed like a normal conversation with some friends. That was great because it kept me relaxed and I thought of things then that I didn't even think of when preparing.

    It also helped that I prepared more for this interview than I did for anything. I went the night before for a mock interview.(Was supposed to be the morning before, but the damn flights got delayed and I got stuck in Memphis for the night) Me and the recruiter were going to talk for about 45 minutes, but he stopped after about 25 and said, "I really don't know what I can tell you. You already know even more than you need too." So I felt pretty confident.

    I talked to one guy who was getting some stuff done.(Not sure what) He said it took him 3 months from the written to the psych test. Pretty fast.

    Well good luck to everyone else in the process!

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    I am newly registered to the site, but a frequent viewer. I have a few questions regarding LAFD. I have not taken the CPAT or any other FD test, but I am very confident that I will pass with flying colors. I am in the USMC currently stationed in Iraq awaiting a long wanted return to the US of A. I am signed up for EMT-B and a ambulance company to work for until Medic school. I have some family who is retired from the FD who are helping me on the oral ,but some questions they can't answer. Hopefully some of you can. I have been in the Marine Corps for 4 years going on 5. I will be going into the reserves because my mandatory enlistment is way up but would still like to stay in. What, if any is the service credit for retirement in the FD? Also, what are my chances of getting hired having veterans points and being in the service so long? Would that also help the process go faster? I will pass a background check (currently have TS) and have no problems with my health. Thank you all for the help.

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    Does LAFD do service credit for retirement? Also, can a deployment and having a TS clearance make a hiring process go a little faster?

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    what are my chances of getting hired having veterans points and being in the service so long?

    LA City gives 5 points credit to veterans. It's possible to get a top score of 105% on your oral.

    Would that also help the process go faster?

    Not really. LA City is like a black hole. It doesn't seem to make any rhime or reason how the hiring process goes.

    You can find out more about the LA City hiring process here: http://www.eatstress.com/la_city_test.htm

    "Captain Bob" www.eatstress.com

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    Hi, I just filled out my application and I should be taking my CPAT in a couple weeks. I read from one user that the application process takes around a year, but then another user said its a pretty fast process....around how long is the application process? I am a female FF applying from Indiana, so I was wondering how many times will I have to travel to LA in the next year? Also, how many days should I plan on staying for? Flights are expensive, so I was just trying to figure out how much money I need to set aside, for flying/hotels/etc.

    :-( applying for several out of state departments can get costly! especially when they only hire a handful out of thousands!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by semperfivmi07 View Post
    Hi, I just filled out my application and I should be taking my CPAT in a couple weeks. I read from one user that the application process takes around a year, but then another user said its a pretty fast process....around how long is the application process? I am a female FF applying from Indiana, so I was wondering how many times will I have to travel to LA in the next year? Also, how many days should I plan on staying for? Flights are expensive, so I was just trying to figure out how much money I need to set aside, for flying/hotels/etc.

    :-( applying for several out of state departments can get costly! especially when they only hire a handful out of thousands!!!!
    I've been in the application process since August of 07. I finished my field investigation last week and am waiting to see if I get a job offer, so it's been 8 months so far, and I've gone through the process fairly quickly (it would have been 7 months, but my original interview date was pushed back a month because of the October wildfires...they didn't have anyone available to do interviews.)

    Here was my timeline, hope it helps:
    Applied and submitted CPAT certificate 8/9/07
    Written 9/15
    Oral 10/25 (pushed back to 11/20 because of the fires)
    Background interview 12/12
    Notified I passed the Initial Panel Review 2/1
    Field Investigation started early March, Ended 4/8. Now waiting on a job offer (keeping my fingers crossed.)

    You can count on coming to LA for the written test and then for the oral the next month. If you pass the oral, the next step is the background interview, which normally takes place the following month. However there's a guy on the boards here who arranged with the Personnel Department to have his oral and his background interview on the same day, since he was coming from Wisconsin.

    I would suggest for the written test getting here a couple of days beforehand. That will give you time to visit a few stations and learn about the department. In your interview, you'll be expected to know what the daily life of a rookie LAFD firefighter is like. The more you know about how the department operates, the more you'll impress the interview panel.

    Any questions, feel free to ask. I've been knee-deep in the application process for a while. I can't answer specifics about what is on the test or what questions get asked in the interview or background interview (it wouldn't be fair to other applicants) but other than that fire away.

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    Well I just heard back today with the results from the Initial Panel and I wasn't selected due to my driving record.

    I'm the person JLam was talking about who did the Oral and Background in one day. I contacted personnel and had my oral at like 8:30AM. Then after finding out I passed, I had a scheduled background interview at 12:30PM. One of the recruiters also met with me the day before to go over things with me.

    From what I heard, the process moves much faster for women. A captain for LAFD said that it takes a woman about 8 months to get through the process. It takes a man about 22 months. He also said that instead of letters, women get called after each step of the process. They seem to really be pushing for women since they haven't had one make it through the academy since I think 2000. I'm not trying to scare you. I'm just trying to let you know what I've heard from people out there.

    Good luck. It's a great department. If you have any questions, just PM me.

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