Firefighter Training, Firefighting, Volunteer Fire Service

Volunteer Recruit Training Programs: a Recipe for Success

Issue 9 and Volume 168.

By ALAN RUFER Developing a volunteer recruit training program is not an easy task. Training officers often become frustrated when their research results in a “buffet” of recruit training programs located in their county, region, or state. For example, the officers may find that one department has a highly detailed recruit training program that has internal and external requirements while a neighboring department may only require its recruits to meet the minimum standards set forth by its state. Lack of time and lack of resources are common reasons cited for not having an internal recruit training program. I often hear that departments find it easier to send the recruits to a local technical college or a regional fire academy to complete a curriculum that meets their state’s minimum training requirements than it is to design their own recruit training program. Although technical colleges and regional fire academies are great resources…

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