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Question: Firefighter position applicants

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stephaniecleartalk 

Customer

 9 May 2017 19:06 UTCTue 9 May 2017 - 7:06 pm UTC 

How many applicants on average apply for a city or county firefighter position in California?

 

David Sarokin 

Researcher

 9 May 2017 19:52 UTCTue 9 May 2017 - 7:52 pm UTC 

stephaniecleartalk,

Thanks for bringing your question to Uclue.

Everyone seems to agree that competition is fierce for available firefighter jobs. Actual statistics are hard to come by, though. In part, this is because the hiring process proceeds through a number of stages to sort out the many would-be firefighters who just aren't cut out for the job. The number of applicants depends on where in the process you do your counting.

This quote for California is kind of typical:

https://www.firejobs.com/newsletters.php?id=50
"Competition is fierce. Frequently there are 100 applicants per job opening"

I saw other sites that mention 1,000 applicants per position!

Does that sort of link get you the information you're after?

David

 

stephaniecleartalk 

Customer

 9 May 2017 20:06 UTCTue 9 May 2017 - 8:06 pm UTC 

Hi David,
Thank you for that answer. I was able to get those details myself with a quick google search, but I really need something more in depth. Are you able to provide anything more? I was looking for the first stage in the process, not the stages after they have reduced the applicants. Are you able to help me with that? Thanks-

 

David Sarokin 

Researcher

 9 May 2017 20:48 UTCTue 9 May 2017 - 8:48 pm UTC 

Not sure what you mean by "more in depth" -- can you tell us a bit more about what you're after?

The most "official" number I came across (not specific to California) is this, from the US Department of Labor:

https://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/firefighters.htm#tab-6
"... a department may receive hundreds of applicants for a single position."


Not very precise, I'm afraid!

By the way, none of what I've posted is meant as an answer to your question...just a step in clarifying what you need.

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Let us know if the above link is helpful at all. 

David

 

stephaniecleartalk 

Customer

 9 May 2017 21:18 UTCTue 9 May 2017 - 9:18 pm UTC 

Good to know, thanks!

By more in depth I guess I mean, more sources such as: quotes in newspaper articles from hiring agencies where they talk about the number of initial applicants; statistics from labor sites, such as the one you listed; or any other reliable, knowledgeable source that can be used as evidence.

I would really like direct quotes from a hiring agency or statistics from a reliable reporting agency, such as a fire agency.

I appreciate your help!

 

David Sarokin 

Researcher

 10 May 2017 01:36 UTCWed 10 May 2017 - 1:36 am UTC 

Hello again. I looked at some other sources, but they're all pretty much along the lines of "hundreds of applicants" without any detail or sources (and the ones that cite sources reference the same bls.gov link I gave you earlier).

Maybe one of the other Uclue researchers will have better luck, but so far, I haven't found anything more for you on this.

David

 

stephaniecleartalk 

Customer

 10 May 2017 16:22 UTCWed 10 May 2017 - 4:22 pm UTC 

Ok, thank you very much for looking!

 

David Sarokin 

Researcher

 12 May 2017 14:56 UTCFri 12 May 2017 - 2:56 pm UTC 

One more thing. This page doesn't answer your question, but it may have some useful information just the same:

http://www.nfpa.org/news-and-research/fire-statistics-and-reports/fire-statistics/the-fire-service/administration/us-fire-department-profile
U.S. fire department profile

 

Rob Bowler 

Researcher

 16 May 2017 21:14 UTCTue 16 May 2017 - 9:14 pm UTC 

Some interesting statistics that might be helpful:

"There is always a lot of competition for any fire department job. When the Salinas Fire Department in California was recruiting in 2005, it received 1,000 job applications for just 25 available positions."
http://work.chron.com/competitive-become-firefighter-10757.html


"After years of hiring freezes, the LAFD opened a new round with a written exam. More than 9,600 applicants took the pass/fail test and 6,502 passed."
http://timelines.latimes.com/complete-guide-lafd-hiring-controversy/

 

stephaniecleartalk 

Customer

 16 May 2017 22:37 UTCTue 16 May 2017 - 10:37 pm UTC 

Thank you David and Rob! Rob, that was exactly what I was looking for.

 

Rob Bowler 

Answer

 17 May 2017 00:38 UTCWed 17 May 2017 - 12:38 am UTC 

Stephaniecleartalk,

I'll take your response to mean that your question is answered.

"There is always a lot of competition for any fire department job. When the Salinas Fire Department in California was recruiting in 2005, it received 1,000 job applications for just 25 available positions."
http://work.chron.com/competitive-become-firefighter-10757.html


"After years of hiring freezes, the LAFD opened a new round with a written exam. More than 9,600 applicants took the pass/fail test and 6,502 passed."
http://timelines.latimes.com/complete-guide-lafd-hiring-controversy/

Rob Bowler

 

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