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    Quote Originally Posted by powerhouseoflp View Post
    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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    Has anyone gotten their application filled out? Even after making some phone calls, I still do not feel very comfortable leaving the two pages of ranking factors blank.

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    I applied to DC as a Medic/FF online, but I have not heard anything from them yet. Anyone know how long they usually take to even get back to the applicant?

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    Do you have to hand the application in in person? or can it be mailed in?

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    In person, June 14th at the convention center.
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    Question a few questions

    any information on the ranking factor section of the application? im not really sure what to put in this section, and also i have my certs and such will they be taking or looking at them and also a resume? this is the first time for dc for me and i dont want to look like a fool......thanks for the help!

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    I am applying for the test this month. I would like some clarification from a
    DC Fireman about FF/EMT's and ambulance duty. Do you ride it and for how long? Is it only if your in a house with a bus or can you detailed to one?
    Thank you very much.

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    Test taking strategies and exam prep for the 2008 Washington DC exm can be found at the links below


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    http://www.fireprep.com/test-taking_...s_for_fir.html

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    http://www.fireprep.com/firefighter_...ngton_dc_.html


    Good luck !!!!

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    I have heard that this is an extremely hard written exam? I have taken several civil service tests and this is aparently not like any other test, is this true? Has anybody out there used that test-prep site and bought the materials? Was is helpful? Thank you.

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    i used don mcnea test prep, it helped me out tremendously and got me the job, if i had to recomend one, that would have to be it

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    Quote Originally Posted by powerhouseoflp View Post
    i used don mcnea test prep, it helped me out tremendously and got me the job, if i had to recomend one, that would have to be it
    i just oredered from them....i hope your right...thanks...

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    Quote Originally Posted by powerhouseoflp View Post
    i used don mcnea test prep, it helped me out tremendously and got me the job, if i had to recomend one, that would have to be it
    Thank you for the information. In addition to the written test package (for DCFD), would you reccommend a psych exam/interview prep from Don McNea as well? And if so, which psych package?

    I am psyched about handing my application in!

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    i never ever used a psych test manual, i just went in and was honest, just make sure you dont make yourself look like you are a drunk, drug addict, or person who hears voices in your head, i will let you know that the psych test is around 700 questions and is an all day affair, because after you finish your test, they grade it or look it over, then you go and sit in front of a shrink and he evaluates the questions that came up "suspicious". But the psych is a long way away, just make sure you get to the convention center early camp out if you have to, thats what i did, from 7pm the night before in cold *** march weather, i was the 20th person in line. they said there is no limit on how many apps. they will be taking, but just to be sure get there early. make sure you have two forms of ID, when i handed mine in they didnt give you anything about handing your application in,(like a reciept or anything) so make sure you have two copies, i was so paranoid that boo accepting the applications would lose it, she just looked at my app, looked at my id's, stamped my app, and said good luck we will mail you your test day, and off i went, so good luck to everyone, and see ya on the job

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    In my experience there is no advantage to getting to the writen test site early. In fact it can be a major disadvantage. Most departments want as many applicants as possible and will not turn you away as long as show up before the time that they said they will no longer except applications. In bigger cities it is a major production that takes alot of time. It makes no sense to wait in line for 3 hours, be the first one in and have to wait another 2 hours while they sign in the other 3000 peolpe. Not to mention the half hour it takes them to get everybody to fill out their test form (and give instructions for the test). Then you have a 2-3 hour test to take. I did that my first year. I was totally focused and ready. By the time it was actually time to take the test, I was restless, starving and completly annoyed by the amount of time I had been there. Watching the few last people walk in (with the same focus and freshness I had 5 hours earlier) and wait less than one hour made me realize that my eagerness to get there early was no advantage at all. These last few times I made sure to get there no earlier than one hour. When I got the test I was ready to rock and roll. The results reflected the same.

    Just my take on the topic. Good Luck.

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    powerhouse i take it by your post your on the job? congrats. i have a queation about the application, it has a part about ranking factors. im not sure what to put in that area if you could shine abit of light on it? thanks for the help and keep safe thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by powerhouseoflp View Post
    i never ever used a psych test manual, i just went in and was honest, just make sure you dont make yourself look like you are a drunk, drug addict, or person who hears voices in your head, i will let you know that the psych test is around 700 questions and is an all day affair, because after you finish your test, they grade it or look it over, then you go and sit in front of a shrink and he evaluates the questions that came up "suspicious". But the psych is a long way away, just make sure you get to the convention center early camp out if you have to, thats what i did, from 7pm the night before in cold *** march weather, i was the 20th person in line. they said there is no limit on how many apps. they will be taking, but just to be sure get there early. make sure you have two forms of ID, when i handed mine in they didnt give you anything about handing your application in,(like a reciept or anything) so make sure you have two copies, i was so paranoid that boo accepting the applications would lose it, she just looked at my app, looked at my id's, stamped my app, and said good luck we will mail you your test day, and off i went, so good luck to everyone, and see ya on the job
    Thank you very much for the info. So, in a nutshell, the psychologist is looking for consistency? I am going down two days early, overkill...maybe, but this is an oppurtunity of a lifetime!

    By the way, how do you like working in SE?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nozzlenut264 View Post
    powerhouse i take it by your post your on the job? congrats. i have a queation about the application, it has a part about ranking factors. im not sure what to put in that area if you could shine abit of light on it? thanks for the help and keep safe thank you.
    I spoke with Human Resources last week and asked Carmen that very question.

    The ranking factors do not apply to this position so the applicant is to leave this section blank.

    Also, does anyone know if a resume and copies of certifications are to be included with the application on the 14th?

    See you down there!

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    To answer your question i am on the job, have been for close to 2 years now (trust me i dont have that 2/20 syndrome) just tryin to help out fellas get the best job in the world, and i cant complain, ive made alot of great friends, have met alot of great fireman, and have been taught alot of great skills and tactics from a bunch of great guys, fire and ems, its a great all around dept. no matter what rumors you hear, its still to me the greatest job in the world, i wouldnt change it for the world, as for working in south east, you catch alot of unique calls, i love south east, not to take away from working in NE or NW up in engine 11 or 6 engine area, im at 8 engine its a great house, you travel all over catch alot of boxes, and its not a paramedic engine so its even better, but i digress, as for the application process, make at least two copies of everything. you never know who is going to lose somthing or who is goin to say you never handed it in, as for previous certifications dont worry about bringing them, if there is a spot on the application to list all of your certs, go ahead and do it, if i can remember im pretty sure there is, bring your certs when you get schedualed for your blue book (background investigation) and a little hint keep your license point free and your **** drug free, or see ya later, as for the ranking factors, ive seen guys on here keep asking the same question, LEAVE IT BLANK IT DOESNT CONCERN YOU, but like i said good luck to everyone, and dont let rumors discourage you, its still the best job even if you have to ride the ambo, its in your job description.

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    Just to clarify, the only thing that will be handed in is the application itself right? Also does anyone know what the Vacancy Announcement Number is?
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    are they still accepting only 3,000 applications....?

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