MIAMI VALLEY FIRE/EMS ALLIANCE
220 EDWIN C. MOSES BLVD.Sinclair Community College Bldg. 20Suite 20-231
DAYTON, OHIO 45402
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Updated: May 17, 2019
Job Classification: Firefighter
The Miami Valley Fire/EMS Alliance is conducting an Entry Level Testing process for firefighters for its member departments. Test results will be made available to our member departments, listed below:
Consortium Test Pricing
It is $55.00 to sign up for the Miami Valley Fire/EMS Alliance consortium of departments. You will test for all of the departments listed under the consortium. If you are testing for the Miami Valley Fire/EMS Alliance and wish to add other NTN departments, the first department is free. Each additional department costs $9.50. If you are already an NTN candidate and wish to add the Miami Valley Fire/EMS Alliance consortium, the cost is $55.00. All other single departments are $9.50 each. If you are signing up to test for a single department, the initial test fee is $50.00. Adding the Miami Valley Fire/EMS Alliance costs $55.00. This is in addition to the standard sign up fee. Adding all other single departments costs $9.50 each.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this testing process just for full-time firefighters? No, the testing process will establish eligibility lists for full-time and part-time. Candidates can register for either full or part-time and/or both when they fill out their registration form. A number of our members hire for full-time positions from their part-time ranks.
How can I sign up to take the test? Candidates must sign up for the testing process online at www.nationaltestingnetwork.com.
What are the components of the testing process?
How can I prepare for the written test? Complete test information is available on the National Testing Network website – www.nationaltestingnetwork.com. From the home page, click on “Fire”. You can then read more about the testing process by clicking the links on the top-left of the page. Additionally, during the purchase process you will be given the option to purchase a FireTEAM Practice Test for an additional fee to be paid directly to National Testing Network. You may also purchase this Practice Test directly at any time by visiting www.fireteamtest.com and clicking on the Order Form link at the top of the page. (NOTE: A broadband internet connection and a PC running Windows Internet Explorer is required for the practice test. MACs are not supported).
How can I prepare for the CPAT? A Candidate Orientation Guide and Test Preparation Manual may be downloaded from our website: www.mvfea.com. Candidates should take advantage of every resource available if they wish to do well in this testing process. Candidates should not expect to pass the CPAT without significant preparation in advance. Past experience proves that candidates who practice have a much higher pass-rate than candidates who do not.
What are the general requirements to participate in this testing process? Candidates must be at least 18 years of age; possess a valid Ohio’s driver license; and have a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent. Participating communities may establish other criteria for their individual selection and hiring processes as well. (See following questions.)
Are there any other general requirements I should be aware of before I sign up to take the test? Some of the departments participating in this testing process may require a background investigation through the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI&I). In such cases, a candidate for those departments must provide a set of fingerprints and pass the criminal background check as a requirement of employment. Candidates should also be aware that their driving record will be checked and will be considered during the hiring process.
What other specific prerequisites are required for full-time, part-time and volunteer firefighters? Each individual fire department sets their hiring standards. In general, candidates for full-time positions should have an OH Level II Firefighter certification and a Paramedic (EMT-P) certification. Candidates for part-time positions should have an OH Level I Firefighter certification and an EMT-Basic (EMT-B) certification. As noted above, these are not universal requirements. If a candidate has specific questions about the hiring standards for a specific fire department, they should direct their questions to that department. Candidates should bring copies of any Ohio certifications on the day of the test so they can be recorded on the candidates’ form. Updated certifications should be submitted on a timely basis whenever new certifications are earned. Some fire departments will take on volunteers without prior certifications. They will assist those people with training in the future.
Do I have to take the CPAT? Some fire departments require the CPAT while others may administer their own test later in the selection and hiring process. Candidates should check with the individual fire departments to determine their selection criteria. CPAT is a pass-fail test; it will not influence the candidates’ position on the alphabetical eligibility list. There will only be a notation on the eligibility list noting if the candidate passed or failed for CPAT or blank if they have not tested.
How often are the entry-level tests given? In an effort to keep active eligibility lists at all times, entry-level tests are given approximately four times a year.
How long will the eligibility list stay active? The eligibility list will stay active for one year after the testing process. There is a chance that the list may be exhausted in less than one year, especially for part-time firefighters.
When might I hear from a participating fire department? Part-time: Experience indicates that candidates on the part-time eligibility list usually hear from a hiring department within six to eight weeks after the list is established. Many area departments hire part-time firefighters on a regular basis, and many candidates from our testing process often take part-time jobs with one or more participating fire departments.Full-time: There are fewer full-time positions available in the area, so it is less likely that the eligibility list will be exhausted before they expire in one year. Hence, when a new full-time eligibility list is established, an existing list may still be in place for up to six months. Candidates on that existing list will be contacted before candidates on the new list, so it may be six to seven months before candidates are contacted by hiring communities.
What about CPAT? Candidates who pass CPAT will receive a certificate from the Miami Valley Fire/EMS Alliance. This certification will be good for one year for those departments that choose to participate in the process with the Miami Valley Fire/EMS Alliance. Outside of the Alliance, it is up to individual departments to decide whether or not to recognize these certifications. If a candidate were going to take the Alliance’s entry-level test on a continuing basis (i.e., every eight months) in an effort to obtain full-time employment, they would only need to take – and pass – the CPAT examination once a year. Please be sure to check the website www.mvfea.com for the schedule to coordinate you needs before your CPAT expires.
Will you accept CPAT certifications from other testing agencies, and will they accept Alliance certifications? Yes, CPAT is a standardized and IAFF/IAFC approved physical ability testing process and we will accept certifications from any other certified CPAT testing agencies. Likewise, other agencies may, at their discretion, accept our CPAT certifications for their own candidates. For example, we have forwarded CPAT certifications to Colorado Springs, CO for their candidates and we have accepted certification from West Virginia.
Does the Alliance hire full or part-time firefighters? No, the Alliance only administers the written and physical ability tests as a service and cost savings to its member communities. Each of the communities sets their own hiring standards and practices. The Alliance cannot answer questions about the specific hiring practices of all of these fire departments. If candidates have questions about an individual fire department, they should contact that department for more information.
Where is the testing held? Sinclair Community College Building 20 Room 121. www.sinclair.edu has a map that clearly shows building 20. Candidates will need to go to the Fire Science and Automotive building which is located on the corner of Edwin C. Moses and Germantown.
What if I have other questions not answered here? If you have any additional questions, please send them in an email to Jackie Leland, Executive Director for the Alliance, at email@example.com