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  • Ideas for a challenging Probationary Taskbook.

    I'm the newest intern on the a paid/volly department working 24/48. It is set up so the duty crew is 1 career guy, and 2 interns.

    Currently there is no proby task book or anything of the like I must complete. I love working towards a goal and I think this would be good to fill in our large amounts of down time lately.

    Anyone have any examples that i' am looking for? Or things they did at their department. I' am going to ask and see if my shift officer and the captain can put together a task book for me and i am looking for ideas.

    I' am 2 terms away from finishing my fire science associates degree and want to continue learning as much as I can. I' am also looking for ways for me to present each finished task to a group so that I can work on my public speaking skills and this is the way I retain information the best.

    Last edited by Fieronfire; 12-08-2010, 10:44 PM.
    Professional Firefighter/EMT-B

  • #2
    learn the trucks, inside and out. Everything! Know it better than any other intern and perhaps firemen.Then when asked for it on a scene it will be second nature on where it is.No hesitation, No franticly opening every compartment door trying to find it
    Fire scenes: A well organized cluster F......
    These are my veiws and opinions.....Im just saying


    • #3
      We recently implemented a program to make sure that our new FF1 graduates are indeed ready to ride the apparatus as a full firefighter. The package includes the practicle portions of knots, hoselines, ladders, layout/hydrant connections and search and rescue. In addition, we run them through a "mayday" drill and SCBA drills including using the buddy breathing system. Of course we also make sure that they know where everything is on the engines berfore they can ride.


      • #4
        Like chewy said - learn your truck inside and out - know where all the tools, parts, equipment is located to the point where you can get something in the middle of the night while half asleep without having to think about it.

        Also study your map book and learn your first due. Practice putting your ppe on and off - practice w your scba till you can activate the pass alarm by feel or hook up the buddy breathing again by feel.

        Even if they don't have a "tasklist" of things to learn, these are all things you will need to learn, especially since some of them could end up saving you or a fellow firefighters life.
        Brian Irey

        My comments are mine and mine alone - they do not represent any thoughts or views of my department or anyone else


        • #5
          I helped put together our rookie book. Pretty comprehensive. We hire certified firefighter/EMT-B's so we do not put them in an academy. Our program picks up with them having basic skills and teaches them our way. The book documents their first year... 6 week orientation (8-5 M-F), then they go on shift and rotate stations 3 times, each ending with an evaluation. By the 11 month evaluation they have been qualified as a releif driver.

          It is a 8635KB adobe file. If you know a good place to post it, I'll get it up for you.
          Firefighter/EMT/Technical Rescue
          USAR TF Rescue Specialist


          • #6
            Posted it here. Make sure you use the download button at the bottom, not the pop up ad producing ones in the middle.

            Firefighter/EMT/Technical Rescue
            USAR TF Rescue Specialist


            • #7
              Do all that has been suggested so far and....

              Read and memorize the entire Standard Operating Procedures.
              Jason Knecht
              Township Fire Dept., Inc.
              Eau Claire, WI

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              EAT CHEESE OR DIE!!


              • #8
                A bunch of great suggestions have already been posted and our requirements for probationary members are pretty much a combination of the above posts.

                We have both knowledge competencies and practical competencies that must be fulfilled.

                Some of the things included are:

                - Must know all apparatus inside and out. Proctor could name any piece of equipment off any of the apparatus and the probie must find it within I'd say about 10 seconds.
                - Must know pump/tank capacities and the length of our hose lays
                - Must know how to pack hose properly
                - Must know how to pull different lines properly (we drill VERY hard on this with the new guys)
                - Throwing ladders
                - Searches/SCBA (Also drilled extensively on)
                - MAYDAY procedures
                - Knots including figure 8 (pretty much all kinds), bowline, clove hitch, etc.
                - Basic Extrication Techniques (Hydraulic, Power, and Hand tools)
                - Also tested on SOP/SOGs, running order, Auto Aid agreements, etc
                These opinions are mine and do not reflect the opinions of any organizations I am affiliated with.


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