Recruit training

It's ironic that this month's roundtable concerns recruit training. Since last month's issue, I have been reassigned as deputy chief of training and EMS. This is not an assignment unfamiliar to me. I was a recruit (about 26 years ago), and I also served many years in training as an instructor and chief (battalion at that time).Our recruits are placed on a 21-week training schedule and are assigned to the bureau on an eight-hour-a-day basis. During the course of their training, recruits are certified by the state as a firefighter (240 hours minimum), an EMT-B, and a fire safety inspector. Firefighting training is in accordance with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 10...

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