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    Thumbs down 1% Pass FDNY EMS Lt. Exam

    Hundreds of FDNY Medics Fail Lieutenant Exam
    Posted: April 20th, 2009 01:40 PM EDT

    By GINGER ADAMS OTIS
    Story by The New York Post

    It was a massive medical failure for hundreds of FDNY medics who hoped to get promoted, as a measly eight out of 721 city Emergency Medical Service workers passed the most recent lieutenant exam.

    The 1.1 percent pass rate for the 2008 test is about 38 percentage points lower than the last time the exam was given, in 2004, when 1,044 medics took the test and 409, or 39 percent, passed, The Post has learned.

    The FDNY was at a loss to explain how so many medics bombed the test.

    "It's our understanding that this test was fairly similar to the one given four years ago," said FDNY spokesman Steve Ritea.

    The poor results could leave the FDNY short on supervisors. Lieutenants function as mid-level managers in the field and are responsible for evaluating the performance of the rank-and-file emergency medical technicians and paramedics. The FDNY can request another exam from the city if empty slots pile up.

    Some steamed EMTs are considering filing a protest against the recent exam, which could force a do-over. "The questions in this exam were based on obscure, outdated information," fumed one veteran medic who got a failing grade.

    The lieutenant exam is designed to assess candidates' "sensitivity," as well as their ability to analyze information, delegate authority and exhibit good judgment, according to city documents.

    Last week's dismal results could be attributed to a lack of interest in actually getting promoted by FDNY medics, say some EMS workers.

    Lieutenant pay starts at $48,900 annually, according to the city's exam notice. Top paramedics can expect a base salary of $59,000, and several thousand dollars more in meal money, overtime and shift-differential pay.

    Republished with permission from the New York Post
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    Yeah, this was a few weeks ago. It's a shame. A few guys I've spoken to from FDNY (EMS) told me that they simply didn't study. They'd like to get promoted but simply have no desire to study their 1,000 page or however long FDNY/EMS guide. Morale is still down a bit for them. I give them alot of credit for doing what they do for such low pay, etc and they do a great job out there everyday. Sounds like alot of the failures were not lack of medicalknowledge, but administrative and procedural related knowledge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by papimike View Post
    Sounds like alot of the failures were not lack of medicalknowledge, but administrative and procedural related knowledge.
    The bulk of what a lieutenant handles, right? They need to still be able to think like a medic, but better be squared away with admin/policy or they're sunk.

    Unfortunately, good workers don't always make good managers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DennisNJ View Post
    Unfortunately, good workers don't always make good managers.
    Good workers are better off NOT being managers, if they know what's good for them.....................
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    Quote Originally Posted by rzaruba View Post
    Good workers are better off NOT being managers, if they know what's good for them.....................
    For a Fed, 15% more pay, 95% less fun, 200% more headaches, 100% less time on the street and, thus, 100% less opportunity for fun OR for easy LEAP.

    The only rational reason to be a manager in this day, IMHO, is to avoid working for some other tool that's in the running for the slot.


 

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