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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 05:22 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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    Sorry you weren't selected, clark. Anyway, I just wanted to clarify what you said about women. I know that there are certainly women who have graduated from the tower since 2000. In fact, the last class had at least two (judging from pictures of the graduation ceremony I saw.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JLam77 View Post
    Sorry you weren't selected, clark. Anyway, I just wanted to clarify what you said about women. I know that there are certainly women who have graduated from the tower since 2000. In fact, the last class had at least two (judging from pictures of the graduation ceremony I saw.)
    Oh, thanks for clearing that up. Must have heard wrong. I thought I read it in a clip from the newspaper. I think I saw the link on firecareers.com.

    Hopefully I'll get it next time. I can schedule an interview next Feb since I'm still technically on the list for two years. The only reason that I didn't make it was my driving record. So hopefully as time passes, it's already been almost 3 years, I will pass. They didn't really list any reason other that that. I would really love to work for LAFD, so I'm definitely going to be trying again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clark918 View Post
    Oh, thanks for clearing that up. Must have heard wrong. I thought I read it in a clip from the newspaper. I think I saw the link on firecareers.com.

    Hopefully I'll get it next time. I can schedule an interview next Feb since I'm still technically on the list for two years. The only reason that I didn't make it was my driving record. So hopefully as time passes, it's already been almost 3 years, I will pass. They didn't really list any reason other that that. I would really love to work for LAFD, so I'm definitely going to be trying again.
    Good outlook to keep tring. We all have things in our past we are not proud of, if you don't mind me asking what is it on your driving recored they did not like. It might save me a trip out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SPARKYMN View Post
    Good outlook to keep tring. We all have things in our past we are not proud of, if you don't mind me asking what is it on your driving recored they did not like. It might save me a trip out there.
    Didn't say specifically, but I did have an OWI three years ago. I tried anyway because I was a minor when it happened. After this summer I should be 3 years without a ticket. Most people out there say it just takes time so that they know you learned from your mistakes. I definitely learned from it. I only did it that one time and I don't drink at all anymore. I was still kind of expecting it. I'm only 20 so I'm sure they figured that I didn't mature much. It hurts because I put so much effort into it and it didn't work out because of a few bad months when I was a kid. I know that if I keep up the hard work that I'm doing now and stay out of trouble, that instance will be forgotten.

    I say go for it. If you do get the job, you will be happy. There are so many things that I love about LAFD. I'm actually considering moving out there next spring to get my 4-year degree in Fire Administration at CSULA after I graduate from college over here in December.

    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clark918 View Post
    Didn't say specifically, but I did have an OWI three years ago. I tried anyway because I was a minor when it happened. After this summer I should be 3 years without a ticket. Most people out there say it just takes time so that they know you learned from your mistakes. I definitely learned from it. I only did it that one time and I don't drink at all anymore. I was still kind of expecting it. I'm only 20 so I'm sure they figured that I didn't mature much. It hurts because I put so much effort into it and it didn't work out because of a few bad months when I was a kid. I know that if I keep up the hard work that I'm doing now and stay out of trouble, that instance will be forgotten.

    I say go for it. If you do get the job, you will be happy. There are so many things that I love about LAFD. I'm actually considering moving out there next spring to get my 4-year degree in Fire Administration at CSULA after I graduate from college over here in December.

    Good luck.
    Just give it time is right, I too did the same thing when I was younger and got a DUI it's now been 12 years, but it still comes up in every interview I'm in, and I hate it the state I live in keeps it on your record for life. I know it has hurt me in the past to have it on my record but I have been doing good ever since so in a way I look at it as I got it out of my system when I was young. Any way when I first started applying for fire jobs 4 years ago I had a lot of people tell me not to bother tring with that on my record, and if I would have listen to them I would not be where I am today I don't have the badge yet but I am #1, #17 and in the first bands of some of my dream departments just keep tring your young, you have time to make it happen.
    Just keep your nose clean.
    GOOD LUCK!!!
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    Hey everyone,

    I don't mean to sidetrack the discussion (though it's been dormant a few weeks), but I just found these forums and I thought this might be the appropriate thread for my questions.

    I'm a university student and I'm writing a paper about the LAFD hiring process. My research and writing are nearly done, but I'm having a hard time finding actual statistics on the number of applicants every year and the number of hirings.

    I've visited just about every LAFD website and called a few different city & department numbers and haven't had much luck.

    Thanks!

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    Hey,

    I'm writing a paper on the LAFD hiring process and I'm in search of a few statistics. I can't seem to find info on the number of applicants and hirings for LAFD for the past couple years.

    I've visited several LAFD websites and called numerous department and city numbers and haven't had much luck.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Hey guys,

    I'm going to to LA next weekend to take the written exam and I wanted to do a station visit while I was down there. What is a good station I will get good information from out of the 106 stations?

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    hey guys,

    I'm going down to Los Angeles next weekend for my written exam and I wanted to do a station visit. What is a good station that I can get good information from and help from for the hiring process?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmiqueowfa3 View Post
    hey guys,

    I'm going down to Los Angeles next weekend for my written exam and I wanted to do a station visit. What is a good station that I can get good information from and help from for the hiring process?
    Any station will be a good one, but the busier stations tend to have rookies, and it's really the rookies you want to be talking to, as they have just gone through the process.

    What area of the city are you staying in? That will help narrow it down. LA is a big place. It's more than an hour long drive between the stations in San Pedro and the stations in the northwest San Fernando Valley.

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