The Test

The recruits have graduated, they will be moving into their first assignments.† They have a lot of things left to learn but they have the basics of fire behavior and attack to build from.

Towards the end they started asking questions about firehouse life.† Some of the questions had to do with when exactly will they be expected to drive and operate the pump.† That is not a set answer.

 

We still have a patrol desk and a member on “watch” 24hrs a day.† So naturally the Probies are expected to learn that first.† They are supposed to use the pit as their base of operations, whenever they are done with a task they return to the pit. I personally believe the apparatus has priority over everything else.† So my Probie will help check the piece and also their personal equipment first.† Other officers think they should do housework first, I think that is a narrow minded view as I believe that teaches the most important thing in the firehouse if mopping the floor. It’s not.

After they learn the pit and get themselves in the watch rotation it’s time for them to start driving back from runs and also practice driving around the district.† We do not have a driver or operator position so everybody takes turns driving.† From the time they are in the watch rotation and driving back from runs map tests will start in earnest.† When they show competency in the district and a few special responses we have then it is time for “The Test”.

Most of the apparatus in our city run a 500 gallon tank.† Not a lot.

We Nose into a hydrant and when the probie says go this is what happens:

1: Open up the deck gun

2: Charge a 100′ section of 2 1/2 so we can play water.

3: Hook up the hydrant and get water into the tank before you run out.

It usually takes a couple of attempts, but after they get it they feel confident in their abilities, and we do too.

Questions? Comments?

1 Comment

  • Russ Randolph says:

    As an engineer I was often tasked to take care of new guys and gals on their first days and the first thing I used to say was “welcome aboard and congrats on passing the academy”. Then…for the next 3 years, you will be getting to know just how much you don’t know about the job BUT that’s why I’m here and I want you to know that I know I have to earn your personal trust but I hope I do it fast so I want you to know that starting today, this is your second probie school but with one difference, this is the real world, I’m responsible for what you do, you are responsible for what you say and you should be saying NOTHING! Listen and learn and you will stay alive which is my number 1 goal. If you god forbid get so much as a paper cut, its my ass so I will be on you like a shadow. As far as I am concerned, “we” are doing this together and when “I” think you are trained, “I” will go to the company officer and tell them. I don’t care how many in house tests you pass, you move on when I say you do BECAUSE if you move on and fail… that means that I FAILED YOU and I don’t want that. (the way my dept is structured)-driving is something you pick up after mastering firefighting but I like your system of driving the truck back from calls for training purposes…driver/engineers don’t fight fire per-se all the time so most of my probies didn’t want to learn driving for a long time.

    The care and feeding of probies has changed a lot and being “old school” I have had to absorbe a lot of change BUT every so often i’ll hook up with a guy or gal I trained who is now an engineer or officer and get told. “I train my probies just like you trained me…and I thank you for that”…that’s how I know I did “something” right, times 2 or more

1 Trackback

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

background image Blogger Img

Marques Bush

Firefighter Basics launched in February 2009 after Founder/Editor Marques Bush was looking for a way to express himself and share his experiences with brother and sister firefighters. Shortly after founding the site Marques spoke with several trusted friends and ask them to come on board and contribute also. Firefighter Basics is a dedicated group of firefighters who strive everyday to practice what they preach about Training, Safety, and Tradition.  We can be reached at firefighterbasics@gmail.com

FE Talk: Humpday Hangout

Comments
ladderjack
“Go” Versus “No-Go” A Brief Look into Survivability Profiling
Anthony, Thank you for your response. I hope I didn't come off as saying that "I am the only opinion that matters in this paper." I agree with you 100% that there is no "Set" way to do anything, and that we need to keep our minds open to different techniques and thinking outside of…
2014-08-27 20:34:16
Ryan McGovern/ Ladderjack
“Go” Versus “No-Go” A Brief Look into Survivability Profiling
Ben, Thanks a lot for your comment! You're definitely right that there needs to be hoseline protection given to the guys working above the fire; and that a TIC should be utilized when attempting VES techniques. Every little thing we can do and engineer to make an already dangerous maneuver safer is a must! Thanks…
2014-08-27 20:25:20
Anthony Correia
“Go” Versus “No-Go” A Brief Look into Survivability Profiling
While VSP was written as an EFO paper, the paper it is not end all be all on this topic. In a presentation Marsars did last year, he himself said it wasn't 100%. Even gave an example of a fire in his home local where a person lived, that would of met unlikely survivability profiling.…
2014-08-27 19:24:24
Ben Waller
“Go” Versus “No-Go” A Brief Look into Survivability Profiling
...OK, it was 3 points, but who is counting?
2014-08-26 23:44:08
Ben Waller
“Go” Versus “No-Go” A Brief Look into Survivability Profiling
I agree, with two additional points. VIES of the tenable 2nd story windows should include the following - 1. A heavy Transitional attack in the 1st floor windows below the fire to protect the truckies' access, the ladders, and egress for truckies and (potential) victims. 2. Truckies take a thermal imaging camera and size up…
2014-08-26 23:43:33

Follow Firefighter Basics

FireEMS Blogs eNewsletter

Sign-up to receive our free monthly eNewsletter

LATEST FIREFIGHTER NEWS

HOT FORUM DISCUSSIONS

LATEST ON FIRE ENGINEERING

FEATURED DISCUSSIONS