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Assessing Character in Fire Academy Recruits

By Shawn PerryAt the beginning of each fire academy, the chiefs would always visit with the academy staff and offer words of support and wisdom. A common thread in all of their advice was, "You can teach almost anyone how to throw ladders and pull hose, but don't bring us attitude problems." Usually, there was a follow-up meeting with human resources and labor relations to educate the staff on the basic dos and don'ts regarding staff behavior as well as basic parameters for documentation and discipline of recruits. The fundamental goal of all involved was to train fire recruits to become competent and productive probationary firefighters.There isn't a single firefighter in the...

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