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    Exclamation Orlando is getting ready to test

    The city of Orlando fire department will be holding an exam for certified firefighter/EMT-B's in January of 2008. As all things in life, this is subject to change, but if you are interested please visit http://www.cityoforlando.net/ to put in a interest card for employment. You will receive more information from the city as the test date approaches.
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    do you mean Jan of '08?

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    Oops! Thanks for the catch. Sorry everyone.
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    Oops! Thanks for the catch. Sorry everyone.
    any tips on what to study?

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    Not sure man. They should send you an e-mail with the study material. I would start reading the latest essentials book though and start writing some notes. Some of the questions i had on my exam were very obscure.
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    thanks much.

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    possibly dumb question, but I assume this is open to firemedics too of course right? How many is Orlando planning to hire this time? I know the list from last year is about to, or has already expired, and with the growth in the city I assume a bunch, but just looking for a rough estimate...thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by PyroPat View Post
    possibly dumb question, but I assume this is open to firemedics too of course right? How many is Orlando planning to hire this time? I know the list from last year is about to, or has already expired, and with the growth in the city I assume a bunch, but just looking for a rough estimate...thanks
    I wish I could give you a number but I have no idea right now. We are planning on bringing a few rescues on line and there are a few promotional exams going on so it could be a high number. Word around the camp fire is that this will be the last test for a few years.

    The test is defiantly open to firemedics as well. I'll try to find some numbers for you on the amount of people that will be hired off the next list ASAP. The old list is satisfied and will no longer be used.
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    i heard it wasnt going to be until feb maybe i heard wrong im just getting out of standards all of my teachers work for ofd , but anyway how would i go about applying and what do they really look for thanks for the info in advance

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    Pat, the number we are down total according to the city's numbers is over 40 firefighters. So if you are interested in working for Orlando, this is going to be another good list to be on. We hired close to 50 off of the last list, so start studying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ffzmann View Post
    Pat, the number we are down total according to the city's numbers is over 40 firefighters. So if you are interested in working for Orlando, this is going to be another good list to be on. We hired close to 50 off of the last list, so start studying.

    Good luck
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    Rob,

    Thanks very much to you and rpferry for your help. I have another question for you. As frank as possible, how much does being a medic help in the hiring process for orlando? It just seems, you all usually have so many medics that apply as it is, that it wouldn't make any differance, but i hear conflicting opinions on this. Some say you all are down medics, some say you are very medic heavy. When i use to work at RMA, medic heavy would be the word I would use. 4 on an engine, usually 3 medics haha is what I remember. The only thing stopping me from applying this time around is that I am a probie at my department, and I'm sure that wouldn't look very good at all testing for the most sought after department in central florida.But if this is the last test for awhile........gotta do whats best for yourself right?

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    Pat, I donít know that it makes a difference one way or the other. We have hired both medics and EMTs in the last three hiring groups. You might say that we are heavy with about half the crew being a medic. When I was hired there was a push for medics but that chief is long gone. I would suggest that if you are thinking about Orlando in your future take the test and donít worry about the medic vs EMT thing, just score well on the written and practical tests. I would suggest following the other Robís advice and review the IFSTA book and the current EMT book. The practical has been a modified firefighter challenge, so think conditioning.

    Stay safe and good luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by ffzmann View Post
    Pat, I donít know that it makes a difference one way or the other. We have hired both medics and EMTs in the last three hiring groups. You might say that we are heavy with about half the crew being a medic. When I was hired there was a push for medics but that chief is long gone. I would suggest that if you are thinking about Orlando in your future take the test and donít worry about the medic vs EMT thing, just score well on the written and practical tests. I would suggest following the other Robís advice and review the IFSTA book and the current EMT book. The practical has been a modified firefighter challenge, so think conditioning.

    Stay safe and good luck
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    rob, i appreciate the info once again. I am a medic, just trying to get an idea if I will have an advantage. As far as the practical, isn't basically the exact same test mid florida does for every department that tests down at CFFA? SCBA donned for time, medical assessment, find the dummy in the maze, highrise pack to the 3rd floor, ladder, hosepull etc? ive heard the only difference is the ladder off the engine is kind of strange, thats the one part I've never had a chance to practice..

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    Pat, you have the practical information right on. Work the stairs hard in training and the test should be a piece of cake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PyroPat View Post
    Rob,

    Thanks very much to you and rpferry for your help. I have another question for you. As frank as possible, how much does being a medic help in the hiring process for orlando? It just seems, you all usually have so many medics that apply as it is, that it wouldn't make any differance, but i hear conflicting opinions on this. Some say you all are down medics, some say you are very medic heavy. When i use to work at RMA, medic heavy would be the word I would use. 4 on an engine, usually 3 medics haha is what I remember. The only thing stopping me from applying this time around is that I am a probie at my department, and I'm sure that wouldn't look very good at all testing for the most sought after department in central florida.But if this is the last test for awhile........gotta do whats best for yourself right?
    Pat,
    I am a medic as well and in my class of 20 there were only 5 medics. In the class prior to mine there were only 5 or 6 medics. In the new hire group coming on I know most of the class are EMT-B's. Does it help being a medic? I have no idea. Are we medic heavy? Half of our department is medics so it's all a matter of opinion. Furthermore, if you want this job now, go for it. Talk to your Lt and let him/her know ahead of time that you are going to make a push for Orlando. If they resent you for that and can't respect the fact that you want to work for the best then you are with the wrong department anyway. This is going to be a highly competitive process and the candidates coming through this time are hungry for the job. Get a start now by studying and training as much as possible. Good luck and keep the questions coming if you have more.
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    I've been able to get some info from people I know that work for OFD. The only questions I have left are:

    Which EMT book is the test from?
    (I was told Brady, but I'm not sure if that info is accurate)

    How EMS heavy was/is the test?
    (Being a medic sometimes makes it tricky for the BLS level questions. Trying to figure out how to balance my studies)

    Does your time on the physical really matter or is it just pass/fail?
    (In other words, should I focus on speed or just be very meticulous?)

    Do they give bonus points as far as expirence, degrees, certs, ect.... or do they just grade strictly on performance on their test?

    Good Luck to everyone, especially me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by imprezive View Post
    I've been able to get some info from people I know that work for OFD. The only questions I have left are:

    Which EMT book is the test from?
    (I was told Brady, but I'm not sure if that info is accurate)
    - As far as i know, Brady is the correct book. However, don't quote me on that.

    How EMS heavy was/is the test?
    (Being a medic sometimes makes it tricky for the BLS level questions. Trying to figure out how to balance my studies)
    -There will be quite a few EMS questions. I relied on my medic training and did not study for the EMT portion. In retrospect, I wish I would have as my overall score would have been higher.

    Does your time on the physical really matter or is it just pass/fail?
    (In other words, should I focus on speed or just be very meticulous?)
    -Speed and accuracy are both important. Don't forget the basics and do everything academy style.

    Do they give bonus points as far as expirence, degrees, certs, ect.... or do
    they just grade strictly on performance on their test?
    -The certs will make you look better int he interview but as far as grading goes they have no bearing.

    Good Luck to everyone, especially me.
    Study the books hard and shine during your physical and you will most certainly get through to the interview. Best of luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rpferry View Post
    Study the books hard and shine during your physical and you will most certainly get through to the interview. Best of luck!
    Thanks for the insights. I've got a promotional exam at my current dept, so I'm spread pretty thin with the studying right now. I've got a "team" that is going to help me prep for the OFD test, but every tidbit of info helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PyroPat View Post
    rob, i appreciate the info once again. I am a medic, just trying to get an idea if I will have an advantage. As far as the practical, isn't basically the exact same test mid florida does for every department that tests down at CFFA? SCBA donned for time, medical assessment, find the dummy in the maze, highrise pack to the 3rd floor, ladder, hosepull etc? ive heard the only difference is the ladder off the engine is kind of strange, thats the one part I've never had a chance to practice..
    pat,

    would you mind shooting me the info you have as far as the physical goes? We have a different regiment here in NeFla and Im interested in what i should be preparing for.

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    Human Resources just sent an E-mail that test will be posted in the next couple of days. There will only be a 30 day window to register for the test, thats shorter than usual, so dont delay.

    The test is scheduled for mid January, no exact date yet.

    Here is Orlando's HR web site where the information should be posted soon.

    www.cityoforlando.net/sigma

    Good Luck
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