OFAI - Technical Skills update

TheGuy
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Postby TheGuy » Sat Apr 15, 2017 1:45 pm

"FireBall17" wrote:Does anybody know the strategy to answering the last section on the fire select test? (Strongly agree, strongly disagree questions).
I know they're probably looking for consistency throughout your answers, but I did that and still came up short.
It's either that section or the other HR section with "most appropriate" "least appropriate" questions that I didn't do too well on.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!


How did you answer these? using strongly agree or disagree?

FireBall17
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Postby FireBall17 » Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:59 pm

"TheGuy" wrote:How did you answer these? using strongly agree or disagree?


well I actually answered with mostly Agree and Disagree. Iv'e been told that its best to answer with "Strongly Agree" or "Strongly Disagree", however I found it hard to feel very strongly about any of the questions to go with either options. Would like to hear from people on their strategy when approaching that section or if they simply just go with their first instinct when answering the questions.
Cheers.

TheGuy
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Postby TheGuy » Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:38 pm

"FireBall17" wrote:well I actually answered with mostly Agree and Disagree. Iv'e been told that its best to answer with "Strongly Agree" or "Strongly Disagree", however I found it hard to feel very strongly about any of the questions to go with either options. Would like to hear from people on their strategy when approaching that section or if they simply just go with their first instinct when answering the questions.
Cheers.


thats interesting, I've heard from others that it wasn't best to answer on one side of the scale or the other, but rather just agree or disagree. Something about still having an open mind, but knowing where you stand

Optimal
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Postby Optimal » Thu Aug 24, 2017 7:49 pm

How is everyone finding the skills portion? Anyone taken one of those "walk-through courses" to help with the technical skills / anyone have recommendations for who to go through?

Thanks in advance

bd293
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Firefighter Skills Prep (Access Rescue)

Postby bd293 » Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:07 am

Hey there - just curious if anyone has taken the Firefighter Skills Prep course from Access Rescue. I'm sure it's very well done, as are all their courses, just looking for people's insights and experience with stage 3 after taking the course.

Thanks!

ajthewonderdog
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Another Change To The Skills Testing

Postby ajthewonderdog » Thu Dec 21, 2017 7:25 pm

Changes to the OFAI Candidate Testing Process

In January 2018, Ontario Fire Administration Inc. (OFAI) will be implementing a number of changes to our Candidate Testing Services (CTS). These changes were proposed by OFAI and approved by our Advisory Committee this past November. The OFAI Advisory Committee sets policies on our testing process and is comprised of senior fire officers and human resource professionals from our municipal fire service partners. A few changes are outlined below.

Re-test Policy

Effective January 10, 2018, the OFAI re-test policy will change, and is as follows:
1st Failure - 15 days – Candidates must wait 15 days before participating in a re-test.
2nd Failure - 30 days – Candidate must wait 30 days before participating in a re-test.
All subsequent failures will be subject to a 30-day wait period.
There are no longer 90 or 180-day waiting periods. This new re-test policy applies to ALL STAGES of our testing program. As with the current re-test policy, each stage is subject to its own re-test period; it is NOT cumulative over the three stages.

In addition to this change, the re-test period for all candidates will reset to 15 days on January 10, 2018. This includes any candidates currently in the midst of their 30, 90 or 180-day wait periods.

Candidates requiring clarification on their re-rest period can contact the OFAI Administration office at 905-426-6756 or by email to [email protected].

Firefighter Technical Skills Split

Effective January 10, 2018, Stage Three, Part Two Firefighter Technical Skills will be split into two sections.
Section one will be comprised of the 10 Metre Ladder Climb, Ropes, Knots and Tool Lift, SCBA Proficiency and Medical Scenario.
Section two will be comprised of the Roof Ventilation, 7m Ladder Raise/Roof Ladder Deployment and Fine Motor Skills (Hose Assembly).
With this change, candidates are permitted to move to the second section of the Technical Skills if they fail a skill in the first section. For greater clarification, if a candidate fails a skill in one section, they are required to stop that section immediately. However, they will now be permitted to challenge the skills in the other section, on the same day.

If one skill is failed in both sections, candidates will be required to re-test the entire Firefighter Technical Skills. If a candidate fails a skill in only one section, then they are only required to re-book the failed section. The following fee structure will apply:
Stage Three, CPAT and Firefighter Technical Skills - Section One & Two - $448.00 plus HST
Stage Three, Part Two - Firefighter Technical Skills Retest – Section One- $125.00 plus HST
Stage Three, Part Two - Firefighter Technical Skills Retest – Section Two- $125.00 plus HST
Stage Three, Part Two - Firefighter Technical Skills Retest – Section One & Two- $250.00 plus HST
IMPORTANT TO NOTE:

The Firefighter Technical Skills will now NOT be completed in a particular order within each section. You will be advised once on site, as to which order you will complete the skills.

Anyone who attempted the Firefighter Technical Skills PRIOR to December 1, 2017 and was unsuccessful, must book the Firefighter Technical Skills Retest (Section 1 & 2).

Candidates who were unsuccessful on the Firefighter Technical Skills between December 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017 must contact the OFAI Administration office at 905-426-6756 or by email to [email protected] before booking their re-test.

For candidates who have already booked their Firefighter Technical Skills re-test in January, the OFAI Administration office will contact you.

westcoast
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Re: OFAI - Technical Skills update

Postby westcoast » Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:20 pm

The new changes make the process a bit more palatable. The only part of the process that was really grey was the skills. With some of the changes I believe it makes it easier to be successful. As someone who did fail the 7m ladder evolution, the lack of clear direction on what is/isn’t acceptable was frustrating. With the skills being broken up into 2 sections, at least you can salvage half the day instead of retesting skills you were successful on.

If you practice safe evolutions, and listen to instructions you will be successful. The evaluators I had were great and allowed be to be relaxed and complete the tasks.

Just my humble opinion.

sparky2018
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Re: OFAI - Technical Skills update

Postby sparky2018 » Tue Jan 30, 2018 2:28 pm

Does anybody have any info on the revised treadmill protocol? Or did anybody attend the clinical trials? Just wondering what to expect when they change things. Sounds like their going towards the treadmill test that University of Alberta/UVic are doing.

titan500
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Re: OFAI - Technical Skills update

Postby titan500 » Tue Jan 30, 2018 5:11 pm

Hey SParky, I did the test last weekend. I'll DM you.

firemedic33
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Re: OFAI - Technical Skills update

Postby firemedic33 » Tue Jan 30, 2018 9:03 pm

titan500 can you DM me too? i have a few questions as well

thanks,


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