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2008 Fire/EMS Cadet Program

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  • Darren Jones
    2008 Fire/EMS Cadet Program The Fire/EMS Cadet Program is a highly competitive, full-time one-year, firefighter/EMT training program for District of Columbia
    Message 1 of 2 , Feb 5, 2008
      2008 Fire/EMS Cadet Program
       
      The Fire/EMS Cadet Program is a highly competitive, full-time one-year, firefighter/EMT training program for District of Columbia residents ages 18 to 20. Applicants must reach their 18th birthday by October 1, 2008 and not reach their 21st birthday on or before January 31, 2008. The program is a collaboration between the Fire/EMS Department and the Department of Employment Services (DOES).
       
      30 positions available for qualified applicants and those who successfully complete the training program can start rewarding public service careers with the DC Fire/EMS Department. Candidates selected for the program will receive a regular stipend.($10.21 per hour)
       
      Applications may be picked up in person at one of four locations or downloaded from the Fire/EMS website starting Dec 3, 2007. Completed applications must be submitted in person to one location, the Department of Employment Services Office of Youth Programs, from February  4 - 29, 2008. More information about how to apply for the 2008 Fire/EMS Cadet Program is available here.
       
      All applicants must submit required supporting documentation at the time of application. These documents demonstrate compliance with many of the minimum applicant requirements for the Fire/EMS Cadet Program, such as educational status, US citizenship, age of the applicant, DC residency, and possession of a valid DC driver’s license or learner’s permit. Applicants must also provide complete household income information because many of the positions are funded through grant monies with specific financial eligibility requirements. A limited number of applications who do not meet DOES financial eligibility requirements will be selected for the program.

      Once an application and supporting documents are submitted, applicants must take a written basic skills assessment test administered by the Department of Employment Services. After DOES scores the skills assessment test and reviews application materials, candidates will be notified of their eligibility for the next phase of the application process. Candidates who meet the DOES eligibility requirements and have the highest scores on the skills assessment test will complete the Fire/EMS Department pre-hire screening process. Only candidates who meet all eligibility requirements will be selected to be 2008 Fire/EMS Cadets.
       
      For more information, call the Department of Employment Services Office of Youth Programs at (202) 698-3492 or the DC Fire/EMS Cadet Office at (202) 673-6600. 


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    • Janet Girard
      is this the same highly competetive program that included alleged murderers and recent classes? has this thing been fixed yet??????????????????????????
      Message 2 of 2 , Feb 5, 2008
        is this the same "highly competetive program" that included alleged murderers and recent classes? has this thing been fixed yet??????????????????????????

         

        Wednesday, February 22, 2006

        DC fire cadet program suspended

        It looks as if the District's Fire Cadet Program is in a whole heap of trouble. The program, a fire-fighting training program for disadvantaged District youth, has just been suspended by DC's Fire Chief over whether some of the members of the current class lied about their qualifications. However, it appears that the troubles go deeper than the residency of some candidates.

        DC Council member Mendelson believes that the program may be operating in violation of District law. The language of the statute that created the program states that it is to be open to all DC residents, but as a condition of a grant the program receives from the Department of Labor's Workforce Investment Act and the Youth Opportunity it can only offer spots to "disadvantaged" youth.

        Then there's the issue of the DC Department of Employment Services, who is a partner in the program, inflating the number of program graduates in its report to the Department of Labor.
        Meanwhile, the fire department and DOES have reported a 100 percent cadet-graduation rate under the Workforce Investment Act.

        But in a Jan. 23 letter to Mr. Mendelson, Chief Thompson said that of the 94 cadet slots that have been funded in the past four years, 10 went unfilled and 17 cadets failed or abandoned the program.

        The program actually has a 71 percent graduation rate, and of its 67 graduates in the past four years, 58 remain on the job today.

        Alan Etter, a spokesman for the fire department, said the federal funds for the positions that have been vacant -- about $211,890 -- have been returned. That amount does not include money returned for cadets who did not complete the program.

        Under an agreement, the fire department and DOES are required to recruit a class to full capacity.

        Class capacity has ranged from 20 to 30 cadets, depending upon the funding amount. Funding is based on a per-cadet formula that figures the cost of books, training materials and firefighting equipment and a stipend of about $15,000 for each cadet.

        Darren Jones <colroadman@...> wrote:
        2008 Fire/EMS Cadet Program
         
        The Fire/EMS Cadet Program is a highly competitive, full-time one-year, firefighter/ EMT training program for District of Columbia residents ages 18 to 20. Applicants must reach their 18th birthday by October 1, 2008 and not reach their 21st birthday on or before January 31, 2008. The program is a collaboration between the Fire/EMS Department and the Department of Employment Services (DOES).
         
        30 positions available for qualified applicants and those who successfully complete the training program can start rewarding public service careers with the DC Fire/EMS Department. Candidates selected for the program will receive a regular stipend.($10. 21 per hour)
         
        Applications may be picked up in person at one of four locations or downloaded from the Fire/EMS website starting Dec 3, 2007. Completed applications must be submitted in person to one location, the Department of Employment Services Office of Youth Programs, from February  4 - 29, 2008. More information about how to apply for the 2008 Fire/EMS Cadet Program is available here.
         
        All applicants must submit required supporting documentation at the time of application. These documents demonstrate compliance with many of the minimum applicant requirements for the Fire/EMS Cadet Program, such as educational status, US citizenship, age of the applicant, DC residency, and possession of a valid DC driver’s license or learner’s permit. Applicants must also provide complete household income information because many of the positions are funded through grant monies with specific financial eligibility requirements. A limited number of applications who do not meet DOES financial eligibility requirements will be selected for the program.

        Once an application and supporting documents are submitted, applicants must take a written basic skills assessment test administered by the Department of Employment Services. After DOES scores the skills assessment test and reviews application materials, candidates will be notified of their eligibility for the next phase of the application process. Candidates who meet the DOES eligibility requirements and have the highest scores on the skills assessment test will complete the Fire/EMS Department pre-hire screening process. Only candidates who meet all eligibility requirements will be selected to be 2008 Fire/EMS Cadets.
         
        For more information, call the Department of Employment Services Office of Youth Programs at (202) 698-3492 or the DC Fire/EMS Cadet Office at (202) 673-6600. 

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