The hiring process of Part 143 and the current process in effect at AFD are the difference between night and day. I have stated that if 143 passes, AFD union will get exactly what is in part 143, no more and no less. The AFD clearly states,” if you are NOT EMT-I or Paramedic certified…by the hire date you will begin your training as an EMT-I Trainee. If you have that certificate you will begin your training as a Firefighter Trainee. But first you have to be selected .
The AFD uses an independent contractor to administer all Industrial/Organizational Solutions out of Westchester, Illinois is their contractor (I/OS). First the student check-in and take the written test administered by I/OS. The tests are graded and the top 250 are allowed to run 1.5 miles and the times are recorded by a local independent contractor. A physical and mental examination will be administered by a physician and a PHD in psychiatry. Then they will proceed to the Physical Ability Test. The timed events include Rescue Maze, Aerial Ladder, Charged Hose Drag, Equipment Carry, Ventilation Simulator, Body Carry and Ladder Raise. This is administered by TCC. Those who pass will be scheduled for the Panel Interviews and later the Command Staff interviews. A combination of all scores will be posted and Conditional Job Offers will be extended accordingly.
Part 143 Subchapter B Classification and Appointment
Notification of the exam must be posted 10 days prior, in the main lobby of the city hall and in the commission's office. The notice must show the position to be filled or for which the examination is to be held, and the date, time, and place of the examination. 143.025 (i) The grade to be placed on the eligibility list for each applicant shall be computed by adding an applicant's points (for military service), if any, to the applicant's grade on the written examination. Each applicant's grade on the written examination is based on a maximum grade of 100 percent and is determined entirely by the correctness of the applicant's answers to the questions. The test will be administered by the Civil Service Commission. 143.026. PROCEDURE FOR FILLING BEGINNING POSITIONS. (a) When a vacancy occurs in a beginning position in a fire department, the department head shall request in writing from the commission the names of suitable persons from the eligibility list. The director shall certify to the municipality's chief executive the names of the three persons having the highest grades on the eligibility list. (b) From the three names certified, the chief executive shall appoint the person having the highest grade.
Sec. 143.022. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND EXAMINATIONS. (a) The commission shall set the age and physical requirements for applicants for beginning and promotional positions in accordance with this chapter. The requirements must be the same for all applicants.(b) The commission shall require each applicant for a beginning or a promotional position to take an appropriate physical examination. The commission may require each applicant for a beginning position to take a mental examination. The examination shall be administered by a physician, psychiatrist, or psychologist, as appropriate, appointed by the commission. The municipality shall pay for each examination.
And that Ladies and gentlemen is the difference between Civil Service hiring and current AFD hiring.