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    Hey guys i just started my dream job a few weeks ago. I am a former volunteer and have all required certifications. I am having a really hard time with pumping and truck operations as far as memorizing steps. Drafting is a major weakness!! I feel really stupid and when ever I try to get cleared on a truck I make a mistake l, get ****ed off and fail. Any suggestions to get better? I know I put a lot of pressure on myself with it being my dream job.

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    Find two or three mentors to work with you on all things.

    Let them give you real world help.

    Write down the steps, go over them on duty and off duty.

    And with modern technology/ smart phones, have someone video yourself a few times.

    One you can see any mistakes you are making

    Two, you can play back the video on and off duty, to remind you the steps.


    Not sure how often the engine can be taken out for practice, but would take advantage of as much as possible.


    Just wondering why they have you worrying about running the engine already??

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    • #3
      Small 2 man crews mainly. Thank you for the advice!!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Firefish24 View Post
        Small 2 man crews mainly. Thank you for the advice!!


        Guess that may make it better, if the other person is motivated to go out and let you practice.


        But once again would suggest video of yourself going through the steps.

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        • #5
          When you was in school did you ever make a cheat sheet and find out when you took the test you didn't even need it? (Me neither) However, the fact that you wrote it down (allegedly) and looked at it several times before you went to class (allegedly) made a big difference. The fact that it was there in your pocket (allegedly) helped you relax and think clearly. Do what fire5555 said and make yourself up some study cards. Simulate the actions at the panel when you are in the station. Keep those cards in your pocket when you have an alarm. You won't even need them.

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          • #6
            Write each step on a series of flashcards ..in detail. Carry them around with you and when ever you have time ... Study them.

            Go out in the engine bay and run through the steps without the truck running. Often.

            Talk yourself through the steps.

            It's all about developing the mental hard drive so that when the time comes it will be automatic.
            Train to fight the fires you fight.

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            • #7
              BULLSH1T !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! good golly --- monkey see/monkey do? quit trying to memorize the steps -3 things to pumping an engine --POWER TO THE PUMP--- WATER TO THE PUMP- and WATER OUT OF THE PUMP - don't just pull a lever because its part of the process --get a creeper and a real teacher and LEARN
              ?

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