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  • New Guy Here

    Hello everyone,
    I'm new here to the forums and just wanted to give a brief introduction of myself,
    I'm currently in the process of being a volunteer firefighter, I'm getting my physical test (It's not physical agility as I thought, it's doctor physical) in 2 days and after that is when I get my gear and officially become a probie. Overall, I like the guys that I've met and really excited to get the chance to serve my community. But for some reason, there seems to be bit of a negative attitude towards new volunteers in my department (and I kinda can't blame them) because of past experiences they've had like 1 guy feeling like taking the engine to get burgers from Wendy's or some other guy that when he got his gear, took some selfies and then never showed up again. I definitely will not be doing stuff like this and will try my best to be a good member but, I feel like the existing negativity towards probies might affect my relationship with the other members and the entire firefighting experience. Especially when during the interview I was told that I could respond to a call and get into the engine only to be told to get out of it by any other member who has more experience than me. I totally understand that in emergency situations you would want the people who are more experienced but at the same time, I'd personally feel kind of disrespected if that happened. I was told this in the interview and I'm still continuing with the process, so I have no grounds to complain. So my question to the members of the forums is which advice would you give a new probie? Which types of mistakes or errors are common to those who are new in the fire service so I can prevent doing them?

    Thanks in advance!

  • #2
    shut up and learn

    Sounds like in this dept, you need to put some time in, to show you are there to stay, learn and contribute

    If after say six months you feel the same maybe leave.

    Do you want to go career at some point????


    • #3
      Nope, I have no intention of becoming a career firefighter. I already have a full time professional job.


      • #4
        So basically same reply

        Put some time in

        Show you are there to learn and contribute


        • #5
          Will do, thanks for your input!


          • #6
            Would add you have to learn to crawl before you can run.

            You need to get the basics down real good, learn them, practice them, so you look like you know what you are doing,,,

            And when something goes wrong you can revert back to the basics.

            Just give it some time, this is a new and very different world them you may have ever been in.

            Try to find one or two mentors that seem good, and let them guide you.


            • #7
              Yeah, it's a totally different world especially considering that I work behind computers and I'm just sitting down for 8 hours every day without any exposure to hazards. I definitely thought about trying to have a mentor and the guy that interviewed me seemed like he would be a good one. He has been doing it for years, had a good attitude and was very willing to help me in the beginning by staying a little while longer on training days since I leave work late and might not be able to make it in time.

              I'm definitely looking forward to the experience and getting to know the other guys more and my department seemed pretty chill (I'm not sure if that's the norm) but, if I made friends with other fighters from another district, I'm allowed to take my gear and go hang out at the other fire house and so forth so, it's not that controlling. We'll see how it goes, I have a pretty positive attitude towards it.


              • #8
                So, bottom line - don't get a chip on your shoulder, do what you're ordered, volunteer when you get a chance, keep a good attitude.... It'll be over soon enough!


                • #9
                  This is an update to you guys.

                  Thank you a lot for the advice you've given me....I've been a good probie so far and my relationship with my officers and my chief is great. I've put my time in, went above and beyond my minimum requirements and followed orders as they were given to me. I've successfully gotten my Firefighter I certification and have been to my 1st working structure fire already. I do understand fully that I'm still inexperienced and realize that the journey of learning never ends. There's still a lot more to learn from my officers' wealth of knowledge and that my Firefighter I certification isn't the end of my educational journey either.

                  My utmost respect and gratitude to you gentlemen for your service.


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