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    There's a stop that stops at the convention center. It's on the green line and i believe the yellow line too. It's the 7th street/convention center stop

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    When do you think they will open the doors to the convention center to accept applications?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NVetro View Post
    When do you think they will open the doors to the convention center to accept applications?
    According to the flyer that saefirebird1856 posted, the doors will be opened and applications will be accepted at 10 AM.

    I guarantee there will be tons of people there!
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    Thanks guys. I'd probably be coming in on the Green Line anyway from PG County.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ltparadise View Post
    Saw a couple of people ask about Medics, I dont know the details but I am a medic and called in oct 07 they told me to mail my app in that week and i did as they said they were going to have a test that month for medis. I didnt hear back until about a month ago when they called for a copy of my medic license. The lady said they were going to have a test very soon, thats the last iv heard. thats all I know about that, interested to know if anyone has any further info on that. I think if you are a medic you can apply by mail anytime, just call to make sure of that.
    I have the medic flyer, but cannot post it until tomorrow. It states that they are expecting recruiting to begin in April 2008.

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    Just out of curiosity, where did you find the DCFD hiring flyer? I can not seem to find it online anywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBruno View Post
    Just out of curiosity, where did you find the DCFD hiring flyer? I can not seem to find it online anywhere.
    I stopped by the recruitment table at the EMS Today Conference in Baltimore. I spoke to one of the recruiters at the event, and picked up their flyers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saefirebird1856 View Post
    I have the medic flyer, but cannot post it until tomorrow. It states that they are expecting recruiting to begin in April 2008.
    I'm alittle confused. Does this mean they are having a seperate entrance exame for already certified fire/medics??? I would definitely be interested in this if this was the case...

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    Does anyone know if you can only apply for the Firefighter/Paramedic position if you have National Reg, or would a DC paramedic license be acceptable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VESmedic View Post
    I'm alittle confused. Does this mean they are having a seperate entrance exame for already certified fire/medics??? I would definitely be interested in this if this was the case...
    They are currently recruiting medics into dual role Paramedic/Firefighter positions:

    Follow the link (View Current Openings) to find the Paramedic / Firefighter posting.

    https://erecruit.pshcm.asmp.dc.gov/p...NAVSTACK=Clear

    Details:

    Job Title:
    PARAMEDIC FIREFIGHTER

    Location:
    Fire & EMS Training Academy
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    General Job Information
    "Pay Plan, Series & Grade: FS-0081-1C
    Salary Range: $48,731- $69,998
    Closing Date: Wednesday, December 31, 2008
    Tour of Duty: Rotating Shifts
    Area of Consideration: OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC

    Number of Vacancies: Several
    Agency: Fire & EMS Services Department -FB
    Duration of Appointment: Permanent
    Collective Bargaining Unit (Union): This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by IAFF Local 36 and you may be required to pay an agency service fee through direct payroll deduction.
    Opening date: Thursday, March 27, 2008
    Duties
    Brief Description of Duties: Paramedic/Firefighter is assigned to one of approximately thirty-three fire stations throughout the District of Columbia. Incumbent will primarily travel by Medic Unit or Fire Unit in a prompt and efficient manner in response to calls for emergency medical care of critically ill or injured patients. Incumbent assesses, evaluates and stabilizes patient's condition at the site of the emergency. Stabilizes critically ill and injured patients through the application of advanced life support techniques such as intubation, peripheral intravenous insertion, defibrillation and administration of pharmaceutical agents, etc. Reports verbally and in writing, observations and emergency care given to the patient at the scene and in transit to the receiving facility for record keeping and diagnostics purposes. Drives and operates firefighting apparatus of significant complexity, including pumpers, aerial ladder trucks and rescue trucks. Removes persons from fires, entrapments or other hazardous situations. Incumbent makes forcible entries. Operates hose lines and hydrant systems.
    Qualifications
    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS: TO QUALIFY FOR APPOINTMENT, ALL APPLICANTS MUST:

    * Be a U.S. citizen at the time of appointment
    * Be at least 19 years of age and must not have reached his or
    her 31st birthday on the closing date of this position vacancy
    announcement
    * Possess a high school diploma or a certificate of equivalency
    (GED) issued by a recognized department of education or have
    at least one (1) year of experience as a sworn member of
    principal municipal firefighting force of a city with a population of
    500,000 or more persons
    * Pass an assembled examination
    * Must possess a current valid NREMT- Paramedic
    certification
    * Pass a scheduled physical ability test (PAT)
    * Pass a urinalysis test for absence of substance or drug abuse
    * Pass a thorough medical examination (including x-rays,
    hearing , vision, and other laboratory tests)
    * Pass a thorough background investigation of character and
    personal history (e.g., prior employers, law enforcement
    agencies, etc.) to determine suitability for appointment as a
    Firefighter (Paramedic).

    OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Applicants must be proficient in the use and comprehension of the English language. Persons with foreign language skills are encouraged to apply.

    Hiring Bonus

    A $7,000 dollar hiring bonus will be awarded to all newly hired employees. Before receiving a hiring bonus, the employee must enter into a service agreement with DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department for a period of two (2) years. For the purpose of the Hiring Bonus Program the phrase "newly hired" refers to an individual's initial (First) appointment with the District government, or reappointment after a break in service of more than three (3) years. An employee who moves from a District government agency to another without a break in service will not be considered "newly hired" by the agency he/she moves to and, for that reason, will not be eligible to receive a hiring bonus with that agency.
    Ranking Factors

    Conditions of Employment
    Other Significant Factors: Clinical skill in the knowledge and application of pre-hospital basic and advance life support emergency medical care should be performed at an expert level of competency. Examples include: (a) expertise in the identification and interpretation of life threatening symptoms, (b) ability to record patient history and provide appropriate care and treatment, (c) experience in working under severe environmental and physical conditions.

    The incumbent must successfully complete the Basic Probation Training Course and Evaluation Program, and will maintain the following minimum certifications for the duration of employment: Firefighter I and II, hazardous materials awareness and operations, or Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic (EMT-P), cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) Basic Life Support card, and Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) card and any other certifications that may subsequently be required to maintain qualification as a Paramedic/Firefighter. Must maintain ability to pass self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) face-piece fit testing as required by OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard 29CFR1910.134. Must maintain physical fitness as defined by ability to successfully complete annual timed fitness testing via job-related fitness test.

    Maintenance of a current valid driver's license is required
    Residency Requirement
    Residency Preference Amendment Act of 1998: An applicant for a position in the Career Service or for an attorney position (DS-905) in the Excepted Service who is a bona fide resident of the District of Columbia AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION, may claim a hiring preference over a non-resident applicant. To be granted preference, an applicant must: (1) be qualified for the position; and (2) claim preference at the time of application. Except for employees entitled by law to preference, preference will not be granted unless the claim is made at the time of application.
    Information to Applicants
    Veterans Preference: Applicants claiming veterans preference must submit official proof at the time of application.
    Drug-Free Workplace: Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of or a plea of guilty to a violation of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.
    How to Apply
    Where to Apply: Candidates can apply online by selecting "Apply for this job" in the vacancy announcement. Candidates may also apply in person by completing a DC 2000 job application at the D.C. Office of Human Resources located at the Reeves Center: 2000 14th Street, N.W.; 4th Floor; Washington, D.C. 20009. DC 2000 employment applications may also be mailed to the Reeves Center address by the closing date of the position.

    Contact Information: All inquiries related to employment and job applications should be directed to HR Answers at (202) 442-9700.
    Disposition of Resume: Resumes received outside the area of consideration and/or after the closing date will not be given consideration. You must resubmit your resume to receive consideration for any subsequent advertised position vacancies.
    Closing Statement
    Job Offers: Official Job Offers are made by the D.C. Office of Human Resources Only.
    EEO Statement: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
    Equal Opportunity Employer: All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.
    Notice of Non-Discrimination: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 et. seq., (Act) the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, disability, source of income, or place of residence or business. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is also prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

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    Will May 15th be the only day you can pick up applications??

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    Quote Originally Posted by evanbell View Post
    Will May 15th be the only day you can pick up applications??
    I'm pretty sure it said you can print them off the internet. You don't have to pick them up in person. You will only have to drop them off in person.

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    do they only want NR-p's? or can you have your I?

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    Anyone heard when the next class is to start?

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    Couple questions if anyone knows. What is the starting salery for ff/emt and does that salery start at academy or does it start when you graduate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PoconoFF View Post
    Couple questions if anyone knows. What is the starting salery for ff/emt and does that salery start at academy or does it start when you graduate?
    Money grubbers need not apply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PoconoFF View Post
    Couple questions if anyone knows. What is the starting salery for ff/emt and does that salery start at academy or does it start when you graduate?
    I believe the current starting salary is in the $44k range. I am sure someone currently with the department can give a more accurate figure.

    Like most departments, the salary should start while in rookie school. A former co-worker of mine went through rookie school last year and he received his paycheck while in school.
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    starting salary is 44,301 for new recruits who are emts, and it does start in the academy, but if you are goin to start the academy plan on saving enough money for at least 3-4 weeks, you wont see your first check until then, plus just hope to god the fools at paperwork dont mess your paperwork up cause it can take even longer, show up with a voided check as well if you want direct deposit, the first day is all about paperwork, but dont be an idiot show up early, sleep in your car if you have to but dont start out being a ***** bag cause there are plenty on the dept

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    Thanks for the real replys. Just wondering because FDNY starts you out at a very low wage through academy then you jump up when you graduate. I just cant take a huge paycut from my current salery. Gotta think of my family too and not just of myself. Right Teabag.

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    can anyone truthfully tell me if dcfrs is still as great as it was in the past? I'm planning on applying regardless, but I"ve heard that a good amount of people, already ff's, are very displeased with the politics. I have heard many changes are being made to the dept. and am now curious if it's the best place to attempt to get into. I've also applied to Moco, Fairfax, and am planning on applying to to Fred and Howard. Just wondering if dcfrs is would be a good place to work. Any advice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by justsomeguy17 View Post
    can anyone truthfully tell me if dcfrs is still as great as it was in the past? I'm planning on applying regardless, but I"ve heard that a good amount of people, already ff's, are very displeased with the politics. I have heard many changes are being made to the dept. and am now curious if it's the best place to attempt to get into. I've also applied to Moco, Fairfax, and am planning on applying to to Fred and Howard. Just wondering if dcfrs is would be a good place to work. Any advice?
    My young friend, no matter where one earns their green, that said department or organization will have their fair share of issues or unfavorable policy changes. One must take into consideration all of the positive aspects of the fire departments they wish to work for.

    Unfortunately, we live in a society that concentrates on negativity rather that putting things into perspective by considering all the great things about a person, an issue, or a fire department. This way of thinking, in my opinion, stems from the media always reporting negative news. When was the last time that you heard on the news of all the progress that our men and women of the Armed Forces have made in the Middle East as opposed to insurgent violence or civilian deaths? When was the last time you heard on the news of brave firefighters making multiple rescues or saving a piece of property as opposed to the latest scandal? Hopefully, you understand what I am trying to emphasize.

    Politics? I can not think of a workplace that does not suffer from politics, especially fire/EMS departments. If politics are that big of an issue to some, then they should sow their oats elsewhere.

    DCFD is a fantastic department. The department stands high as one of the best in the nation. They are a very traditional, agressive and dynamic fire department and should be relished and applauded for these qualities.

    Remember, a career fire department is a para-military organization. They are bound to upset some with politics and regulations.

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    I have been looking into DC for a little while now, and I have a few questions that hopefully someone can answer. I am a Medic, how does DCFD work with their FF/Medics, do they work the Medic engines only or do they do time on the ambulance? I know other department like Baltimore City; the FF/Medics do two shifts on the Engine and two shifts on the Bus (ambulance). And does anyone know how the department is with helping Medics recertify their Paramedic when it comes time to refresh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PoconoFF View Post
    Thanks for the real replys. Just wondering because FDNY starts you out at a very low wage through academy then you jump up when you graduate. I just cant take a huge paycut from my current salery. Gotta think of my family too and not just of myself. Right Teabag.
    You are worrying about furnishing your home when you still got a pile of wood and bricks laying in font of you. Worry about making the cut first. Don't worry about how much you feel like getting paid. There are droves of men who will gladly step right around you. All they care about is getting their dream job.

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    Default I have been looking into DC for a little while now, and I have a few questions that h

    well i can tell you for a fact the medics do ride engines, there is a plus and minus to this, i am only an emt-b, dc only staffs for now 2-2, 1 chauffeur, officer and 2 on the backstep, at full staff an engine company will be staffed with 7 guys, but only four ride the engine, so the others get detailed out and have to keep track of details, as a medic you will be riding on a paramedic engine, which means you show up to work and you never get detailed and you always ride your piece, if you show up early to grab the line position, granted there is no rookie on your step, you will always have the line (now you could be a good guy and after 12 hours of your 24 shift you could give it up, but thats if your a team player) thats one plus of being a medic on this job but it always brings some hostility, because, out of all your backstep guys, when your at work it only leaves one open spot to ride your engine (DC runs a lineman and a layout man on the back step) so the other men are always getting detailed, some guys get ****ed at this some dont, this is one way to promote getting medics to the dept, plus there is a rumor floating around about a sign on bonus, but that hasnt happend yet. a negative side of being a medic, is you will never ride a truck company or go to a rescue company, for now, you will only be an engine man, now this is only my opinion, but a negative about being a medic, is that you never get detailed so you never meet the other men of this great dept, and when your name floats around whether it be a positive or a negative no one will ever know who the f&ck you are, and like i said before, if you think you are some truck man hero, you will never be able to ride one, so take this post as you will, as for renewing your license i have no idea, i do know you cant let it expire or crap happens to you, so good luck

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