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    Default the waiting game

    It's been six weeks now for me and like everyone else here is saying...it's the hardest part. Keep yourself busy (mentally & physically) and time passes by a little easier...at least that's working for me so far.
    Good luck everybody.

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    Exactly. Stay busy. Not just with Fire related activities, but with life. Everything you do reflects on your candidacy for this job. I heard in the last Drill Tower, only 36 graduated and they started with over 50. 4 quit (?!?!) , and the rest just couldn't cut it. I asked what was the main reason and it was physical strength. Their bodies weren't in shape enough for the 18 weeks of non-stop work.

    Keep busy, work out. This far in the process you shouldn't be "getting" in shape, you should be "staying" in shape.

    Good Luck and try not to wait by the phone and mailbox everyday, it adds a lot of stress you'll need to keep reserved for the Drill Tower and Probie year!!!

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    Thumbs up im confused

    im currently attending a community college to get my general out the way and then i will transfer to a community college that offers fire science as a major.

    i have worked as a volentier firefighter ( smoke diver/ nozzleman/ air supply)
    on a cruise ship. i only did that for about 6 months.
    anyways im noticeing alot of people saying that people are applying with out any emt, and fire 1 cards. and end up getting hired or put into academy.

    since i am going to school for my certifications, am i wasting my time ?

    also is there any age requirements ? as that i am 24.

    i am so focused to get to my goal of being a fire fighter. i want it more than anything.

    also are thier height requirements. i am a short guy 5 ft 7in weighing about 140 ... im not exactly the biggest guy... but i can bench a good 180 lbs. i know i need to work out continuously ... and i know im strong enough for the job... i can pass the cpat test easly.

    anyways any info would be heighly appreciated.
    i am a new member here and im really happy i found this place where i can post my concerns and questions.

    i hope one day i can work with you guys.

    its my calling

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    hello everyone,

    well, i thought id give you an update on my process. as i know there's a few of us waiting around to hear back from the panel with its final decision. my time line goes something like this :

    Jan: written test
    Feb: interview

    then had background

    then the end of april heard back and selected for further processing (field invest)

    and finally after that on the 6th aug heard back that my field invest had been completed and that the panel meets in 4-6wks to review my application and to either make or not make a job offer.

    its been a VERY long process with alot of waiting. does anybody know of people not getting offered jobs from this point on?? if you have a clean background and your EMT cert, it seems crazy to not be offered a job after they invested time and money into researching you. i'm keeping my fingers crossed that it all works out for all of us! hopefully we all get to meet at the next drill tower! good luck everyone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davison27 View Post
    im currently attending a community college to get my general out the way and then i will transfer to a community college that offers fire science as a major.

    i have worked as a volentier firefighter ( smoke diver/ nozzleman/ air supply)
    on a cruise ship. i only did that for about 6 months.
    anyways im noticeing alot of people saying that people are applying with out any emt, and fire 1 cards. and end up getting hired or put into academy.

    since i am going to school for my certifications, am i wasting my time ?

    also is there any age requirements ? as that i am 24.

    i am so focused to get to my goal of being a fire fighter. i want it more than anything.

    also are thier height requirements. i am a short guy 5 ft 7in weighing about 140 ... im not exactly the biggest guy... but i can bench a good 180 lbs. i know i need to work out continuously ... and i know im strong enough for the job... i can pass the cpat test easly.

    anyways any info would be heighly appreciated.
    i am a new member here and im really happy i found this place where i can post my concerns and questions.

    i hope one day i can work with you guys.

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    Your age and size are not a factor. Having a degree is not a requirement for most deparartments.

    Even though LA City will allow you to test without your EMT, they will not hire you without the certification like many other agencies because it shortens the academy by several weeks.

    If you're looking into LA City you can find more about the process here:
    http://www.eatstress.com/la_city_test.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by millertime130 View Post
    hello everyone,

    well, i thought id give you an update on my process. as i know there's a few of us waiting around to hear back from the panel with its final decision. my time line goes something like this :

    Jan: written test
    Feb: interview

    then had background

    then the end of april heard back and selected for further processing (field invest)

    and finally after that on the 6th aug heard back that my field invest had been completed and that the panel meets in 4-6wks to review my application and to either make or not make a job offer.

    its been a VERY long process with alot of waiting. does anybody know of people not getting offered jobs from this point on?? if you have a clean background and your EMT cert, it seems crazy to not be offered a job after they invested time and money into researching you. i'm keeping my fingers crossed that it all works out for all of us! hopefully we all get to meet at the next drill tower! good luck everyone!
    Well, from everyone that I've spoken to, there are plenty of factors involved other than just having a clean background and your EMT cert. Most of which are not divulged to the applicants. I would imagine, however, at this point we're on a "short list" for a conditional job offer. I hear some of the biggest cuts are during the initial panel for review. Hang in there! This goes without saying but it's a great job and well worth the wait! for the record, I took the written exam last November...I'm still waiting to hear from the final panel.

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    I Live in Illinois. I have an NREMT-B card, and my Fire II.
    I would like to apply for LAFD and would like to know if a CPAT card from this state will allow me to move on in the process.

    Other than that I would like to talk with someone about what living conditions in LA are like and what the LAFD is like for a rookie.
    Last edited by MTGillinois; 09-03-2008 at 06:38 PM. Reason: edit

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTGillinois View Post
    I Live in Illinois. I have an NREMT-B card, and my Fire II.
    I would like to apply for LAFD and would like to know if a CPAT card from this state will allow me to move on in the process.
    That is a question I would call and ask the Personnel dept. to get the answer. The number is (213) 473-9060

    Quote Originally Posted by MTGillinois View Post
    Other than that I would like to talk with someone about what living conditions in LA are like and what the LAFD is like for a rookie.
    Living conditions in L.A.? Wow this could fill up a few pages. The cost of living will be much higher than it is in IL I am sure but LAFD's salary will also be higher. The pace is very fast and everyone is always in a rush. Some love it, some hate it but the truth is, L.A. has everything you could ever need. Food, entertainment, shopping...all top notch depending on where you live. It's one of the most diverse cities in the country and the best part about the city is...the Fire Department is one of the best in the country!

    As far as life as a rookie . . . all I know is that they are very traditional. You will have a 1 year probation after the Drill Tower (academy) which will consist of spending 4 months at 3 different stations.

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    Has anyone ever interviewed twice? I interviewed last Feb. I passed, but was dropped after the Initial Panel. After a year, we are able to go again starting with the Interview(skipping the written). Just wondering how to go about this. Do I have to wait until Feb to schedule one? Or can I make it so my actual interview is IN Feb again? Thanks.

    MTIllinois... definitely go find out what it's like as a rookie for yourself by visiting some stations. If you don't know what it's like, you will not pass the interview. When going to a mock interview, they will always recommend this.

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    Wow guys! I got the call today!!! I've been scheduled for my med & psyc next week...I'm literally doing a handstand right now
    Hey, for everyone still in the process...hang in there and I'm rooting for all of you! GL

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    Helo guys well first of all this is my first post here, but i have read every single post on this theread.

    I did cpat, written, oral prep, 3 station visits, moc oral, real oral and handed a background package.

    What I would like to know is, do you have to be a US citizen in order to get hired with LAFD? I am a permanent resident and in process of getting my citizenship. On the LA county fire web site it states that you have be a citizen or eligible for citizenship and have applied 90 days prior to your application. Some other fire departments require you to be a citizen before you apply. On LAFD website I cant find any information regarding to this subject, I was wondering if anyone else knows.

    Oh and is there possibility to have a background package and not to pass the interview? I am just scared that I am going to recive a letter saying that I passed but it was not good enough.

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    Congrats eyeatus! A glimmer of hope since I'm a week behind you. Fingers crossed. Are they trying to fit you into this months academy?

    Did you get a letter or an actual phone call?

    Again, congrats, I'm stoked for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emmex510 View Post
    Congrats eyeatus! A glimmer of hope since I'm a week behind you. Fingers crossed. Are they trying to fit you into this months academy?

    Did you get a letter or an actual phone call?

    Again, congrats, I'm stoked for you.
    Thanks! I got an actual phone call from personnel and she told me a letter was also being sent but it's much quicker to call and schedule the appointment. I would love to be part of the upcoming Drill Tower in SP. I live in Long Beach so the commute would be perfect! I take my exams on Wednesday...I'll probably have more info then as to possible start dates. I hear a late September/early October date is likely. Hopefully you'll get the call soon...who knows, we may end up in the same academy.

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    Hi! I just had my oral interview and I received a card that had a #2 marked on it, does anyone know what this means?

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    Yeah an congrats, my background interview is sept 18th, I am hoping that it wont take too much for the background but we will see.

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    I had an interview with LAFD yesterday, has anyone gone through the process recently with LAFD? Couldn't get a read from the panel as to how well I did. I was given a form to hand to a staff member and the form had a "2" on it. The staff member had two boxes, one with a 2 and one with a 3. The 2 packet was given to me and it just stated that my results will be sent via mail. Does anyone know about this and what is in the 3 box? I felt my interview went really well, however, I'm just waiting in anticipation and it is unclear as to how the panel felt. Anyone out there know anyone or has gone through this? Thank you!

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    I just got the call!!!

    Going to Med/Psych next week. I'm in shock right now...can't believe the dream is finally coming true.

    Thanks for everyone's help on here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gladis99 View Post
    I had an interview with LAFD yesterday, has anyone gone through the process recently with LAFD? Couldn't get a read from the panel as to how well I did. I was given a form to hand to a staff member and the form had a "2" on it. The staff member had two boxes, one with a 2 and one with a 3. The 2 packet was given to me and it just stated that my results will be sent via mail. Does anyone know about this and what is in the 3 box? I felt my interview went really well, however, I'm just waiting in anticipation and it is unclear as to how the panel felt. Anyone out there know anyone or has gone through this? Thank you!
    I don't remember any boxes but did they give you a packet or a card? In other words, if they gave you a background packet you should have been directed to go to another room and schedule a background interview. If you were just given a slip and not sent to schedule a background interview then unfortunately, that means you did not move on. Hopefully, you got the packet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emmex510 View Post
    I just got the call!!!

    Going to Med/Psych next week. I'm in shock right now...can't believe the dream is finally coming true.

    Thanks for everyone's help on here.
    Congrats emmex!! It's kinda surreal isn't it?

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    LA City has you complete a written psych evaluation. If the psych doc is satisfied with the profile you’re finished with this step. If they want to know more they will schedule an interview with the doc. Some do. It doesn’t mean you’re in trouble or being DQ’d. They just want to know more.

    Most candidates are more than surprised when I tell them up to 40% fail the psychological test given by many departments. You can find out more about the psych evaluation process in this previous Firehouse.com article: http://cms.firehouse.com/web/online/...me-Out/8$51941

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    Quote Originally Posted by gladis99 View Post
    I had an interview with LAFD yesterday, has anyone gone through the process recently with LAFD? Couldn't get a read from the panel as to how well I did. I was given a form to hand to a staff member and the form had a "2" on it. The staff member had two boxes, one with a 2 and one with a 3. The 2 packet was given to me and it just stated that my results will be sent via mail. Does anyone know about this and what is in the 3 box? I felt my interview went really well, however, I'm just waiting in anticipation and it is unclear as to how the panel felt. Anyone out there know anyone or has gone through this? Thank you!

    You said they gave you a 2 package, is this 2 package about 10-15 pages of paperwork stapled together that says LAFD background check? Cause if not, it sounds like you did not move on. I was handed the same card as yours and it had a 2 and a 3 on it, I am not sure which number was checked on mine because they told me to go to room 510 and when I went there they gave me my background package, I think they probably have me on camera jumping up and down, so I forgat which number was checked on my card. So I hope your paperwork says LAFD background check on it.

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    Thank you for your help! Good luck to all of you!

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    eyeatus how did your med and psych go?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nmortaza View Post
    eyeatus how did your med and psych go?
    Long...very long. The medical took about an hour or so and the psych test took roughly 4-5 hours! It's over so now I wait yet again...hoping for the good news shortly. How did you fair? You were taking it the same day, right?

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    Hi everyone,
    I'm new to the forum. I got the call last Friday that I passed the Final Review Board and I am going in for my Med on the 26th. I was just curious to see if anyone knew the schedule of upcoming drill towers and also if after the med exam chances are you will go to the next drill tower or is it still a waiting game?
    Thanks

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