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    I am a new fireman. I want feedback from some seasoned veterans. What do you expect from the new recruits? How should a new recruit act? What is there role? what makes a good new recruit?
    Thanks for any insight I receive.....
    Beat the fire or the Fire Will Beat You!

  • #2
    Listen.Learn.Help.Always listen to your officers even if other members say they are full of it.Always strive to learn,if you need help in some technical spot ask.Help your senior members.This is crucial in my dept.When the rig gets back after a fire help clean and put items back on.This will help you learn where everything goes and you can dive in the bs that goes on after a call.
    Always remember we are in this together and even though you may get some ribbing being the probie,take it all in stride.You will gain the respect of your fellows and someday be able to pass this on.
    Good luck and welcome aboard.

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    • #3
      Congradulations,
      yes, listen,learn, and most importantly, TRAIN! Never stop TRAINING, allways volunteer to go first, and never look tired (so run as much as you can off duty and on if possiably)Physical fitness is a must in this bussiness
      Stay safe and stay low

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      • #4
        Personally ,I expect nothing from recruits, but that they be willing to learn.

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        • #5
          Be the first one to start working and the last one to stop.Train, Train, and Train.

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          • #6
            Watch, Look, Listen, Work hard, Learn....TRain Train Train Train... Then start that process all over again...

            NEVER EVER get to a point where you think you know everything and be very leary of anyone who tells you they do. Its ok to be apprehensive about running into a burning building....it is un-natural...so watch very closely a person who tells you it is not scary.

            Some of your officers will come off abrasive....others will not.. Respect them for what they have done and what they are trying to teach you. In most cases when then bust your chops about something...they are doing so because they are trying to keep something that happened to them from happening to you!
            09-11 .. 343 "All Gave Some..Some Gave ALL" God Bless..R.I.P.
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            IACOJ Minister of Southern Comfort
            "Purple Hydrant" Recipient (3 Times)
            BMI Investigator
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            The comments, opinions, and positions expressed here are mine. They are expressed respectfully, in the spirit of safety and progress. They do not reflect the opinions or positions of my employer or my department.

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            • #7
              Everyone has covered the topics that I thought of so it made me think a little more.
              1. Never think that you have enough training or you don't need anymore training.
              2. Ask questions. If you don't know, ask. There are no dumb questions.
              3. Stay calm. When the whistle goes off don't loose your mind.
              4. Know your apparatus. Were the tools are and what they do.
              5. Don't be affraid to make suggestions. Sometimes you might get laughed out of the firehouse but other times it might make a difference.
              6. When you are on the fire ground listen to your officers for instructions and tell them when you have completed the task.

              Welcome to the family and good luck.

              "Stay low and Go get some".

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              • #8
                As said above listen, learn, and train. Above all Respect your fellow workers, officers and public. Most of all RESPECT yoursele and the job. We really are special people. Good Luck!


                Stay Safe

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                • #9
                  I was told "you have two ears, two eyes, two arms, two legs, and only one mouth for a reason." You should be doing everything according to the numbers (except asking questions if you need help.)

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