Firefighting

Letters to the Editor

Issue 12 and Volume 155.

Field training officers Most firefighters and officers fully understand the need for more and improved training. Numerous times in my 20-year career, I’ve witnessed the same scenario: Here comes a probie, fresh out of the academy with 500-plus hours of fire school, who thinks he knows everything about the fire service. Sure, some departments have a death camp, or three weeks of their SOP training, but after that probies are handed new bunker gear and put on a shift. The fire service needs to use its “salty” firefighters to ensure a probie’s safe transition to firefighter. Most chiefs and city commissioners think that just because a firefighter has a certificate he is “good to go.” I don’t think so. Although most departments have some type of informal procedure in place, the procedure must be standardized before any more firefighters get hurt. One idea is to create a new position at…

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