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Rookies Are the Wave of the Future

By Scott Lawder Ever find yourself wondering what it takes to be an outstanding rookie firefighter? Or, perhaps what it takes to be the guy that people say, “Wow, that's the best rookie we've had in a long time,” or “Don't lose what you got going for you, rookie.” Whether we try to or not, it’s in our nature and our blood to want to achieve a high level of excellence. Ask yourself, “But, what does it take? What can I do to become the rookie firefighter that everyone talks about from the past?”  I am referring to that rookie that your first officer told you about when you came from rookie school to report for your first tour of duty. I'm not talking about the expectations placed on yo...

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