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2015 Firefighter-EMT Entrance Examination

On behalf of Mayor Muriel Bowser and Gregory M. Dean, Chief of the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department (DCFEMS), thank you for participating in the 2015 Firefighter-EMT Entrance Examination. This examination represents the first step in our Department’s hiring process.
 
Results and rankings for the Entrance Examination can be accessed by scrolling to the bottom of this page and clicking on the identified link. The link will redirect you to another page with an attached document. This document contains scores and rankings for all applicants.
 

Exam Results and Applicant Ranking

There were 3,774 applicants who took the exam and passed. The highest passing exam score was 99.24. The lowest passing exam score was 72.34. The average passing exam score was 92.26. The entrance examination score was counted as 70% of Total Points. Applicants who claimed District Residency preference received 10 additional points. 1,349 (or 36% of applicants) claimed this preference. Applicants who claimed Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) Foster Care Program preference received 10 additional points. 22 (or less than 1% of applicants) claimed this preference. Applicants who claimed Veterans preference received 10 additional points. 138 (or 4% of applicants) claimed this preference. Total Points were calculated by adding the weighted exam score (70%) and each preference point category (10% each). Information concerning preference points can be accessed by scrolling to the bottom of this page and clicking on the identified link. Total Points were ranked highest to lowest, creating a Total Points Ranking. Ties were broken by first applying District Residency preference, then by sorting application numbers in descending order. For example, if four applicants had identical point totals, but two claimed residency preference, the applicant claiming residency preference with the higher application number would be ranked first, the applicant claiming residency preference with the lower application number would be ranked second, the applicant not claiming residency preference with the higher application number would be ranked third and the applicant not claiming residency preference with the lower application number would be ranked fourth. Beginning on October 30, 2015 each applicant who participated in the Entrance Examination will be e-mailed their ranking score. This “registry” of applicants will be used until at least June 27, 2017 or until it is exhausted. Updates to the registry are detailed below. 

If you cannot view your exam results and registry ranking after downloading the file attachment or have other questions concerning exam results, please contact our Human Resources Office by calling 202-727-4971. During the months of November and December, 2015 the DCFEMS Recruiting Officer will begin individually contacting applicants concerning their applications. Hiring process status updates will be posted to this webpage, below. Please check this section regularly for updated information.

Employment Suitability Assessment

During the months of November and December, 2015, the DCFEMS Recruiting Officer will begin individually contacting applicants concerning their applications. Currently, the Department anticipates a class of 30 Firefighter-EMT Recruits to begin training in early 2016. Each applicant will be required to submit documents and other information as part of the employment suitability assessment process. If you claimed an employment preference as part of your application, you will also be required to submit documents and other information supporting your claim as required by District Law and Personnel Regulations. If applicants cannot meet suitability requirements, they may be eliminated from consideration for hiring and removed from the registry. A conditional offer of employment will not be made to an applicant until all suitability requirements are met. Moving forward from January 2016, the Department will continue to contact applicants listed on this registry for employment suitability assessment processing (as needed) until the registry expires or is exhausted. More detailed information concerning employment suitability, required documents and other information will be provided to applicants when contacted by the DCFEMS Recruiting Officer. Other information concerning employment suitability can be accessed by scrolling to the bottom of this page and clicking on the identified link.

Applicant Contact Information

It is very important for all Firefighter-EMT applicants to continuously maintain updated contact information by using the District Government Career Opportunities website which can be accessed by scrolling to the bottom of this page and clicking on the identified link. Please access the “Log In” page from the site you are redirected to using the same Username and Password which you created to submit an application. Please make certain your mailing address, telephone number and e-mail address are correct and immediately update your information if any of it has changed. The DCFEMS Recruiting Officer will be unable to contact you concerning the status of your application unless this information is correct.

Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)

Firefighting and Emergency Medical Services careers involve physically demanding work. Our Department uses the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) developed by the IAFF/IAFC Wellness-Fitness Task Force as an employment standard. Applicants are encouraged to learn more about the CPAT by scrolling to the bottom of this page and clicking on the identified links.

Hiring Process Status Updates  

Examination Results and Rankings (10/30/2015)
Examination results e-mailed to applicants (10/30/2015) 

Current Status: DCFEMS Recruiting Officer preparing to contact applicants

Related Information:

Preferences and employment suitability: District Personnel Manual (E-DPM)
District Residency preference: Chapter 3
CFSA Foster Care Program preference: Chapter 8, Section 825
Veterans preference: Chapter 7A
Employment suitability: Chapter 8, Section 870
Applicant contact information: District Government Career Opportunities
CPAT orientation video: CFFJAC CPAT Orientation Video (YouTube)
 

Related Content:

2015 Entrance Examination Results and Rankings (download)