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Date Posted: 21:39:08 04/14/13 Sun
Author: JAFO
Subject: Re: All in the family
In reply to: Ward 6 's message, "All in the family" on 23:06:30 04/13/13 Sat

I am curious as to why Ward 6 feels that there is nepotism.

Police and Fire are under Civil Service rule and regulations established by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

For those who want to be firefighters, the prospective firefighter had to take the civil service entrance examination, which costs $150.

Then they had to take the entry level physical agility test (ELPAT), which costs $100. The combined score for the exam and scoring for the ELPAT gives them their score on the civil service list.

In order to be hired, they have to take the candidates physical agility test (CPAT), another $100 expense. If there are no openings during the 2 years the list is good for, the list expires and the process starts all over again.

Before the city hires for police and fire, they do a thorough background check. Many candidates are eliminated because they cannot not pass background checks.

Those that do pass the background checks undergo psychological testing, medical exams as well as drug testing.

The sons and daughters of firefighters are not on the job because of nepotism. They invested in themselves, did well on the exams and kept themselves out of trouble and got hired on their merits, not their relations.

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