What aspects of the fire service have been left out when we are doing probationary training? As my example, the other day we had members sitting on station watching the never dying classic “Backdraft”. Now be this not the best example of the fire service or how we actually operate it is still pretty cool as far as I’m concerned. There was a probie that entered the room and sat down with the guys and asked, “whatcha watchin? This that movie flashover or whatever?”. Now ok I can handle the fact that he hasn’t seen a movie, big deal right? Then the following statement comes out of his mouth like a Mike Tyson right hook….. “What are they wearing on their feet?”. Boom! Smash! Crash! And to the ground I fall as a company officer. This rook has been over fire behavior, smoke reading, cutting holes, driving and all other sorts of training but I have never informed him of his heritage. Of the ongoing history of this service, I mean he didn’t know what ¾ boots where!! Whata fail on my part, I guess it has never crossed my mind that this would even be an issue. It was helpful though, I am currently creating a history portion that will be getting added to our probationary packet. Just as I have been taught by my father and many other men in this service I to must carry this torch and pass it on to the upcoming generations of this service. This is not a roofing job, or a lawn care job. This is the one and only job that the history means the difference with the present and future. Remember when we are training our guys to be the best they can at the job that we have a responsibility to train them on the history of our great service as well! Thanks for listening for a moment!
Thank you for your comments. I must say, when I finished up with fire school I took it upon myself to learn many of the traditions of this service. But also I hate my father, and many of the men he served with that taught me many of these things growing up and after I received my certifications. I agree that there should be some sort of quick storey, training minute, or something of that nature during every shift above and beyond the standard training. I will be sure to keep you posted on how this new history portion of the packet goes. Thanks again for your thoughts!
yes that would be HAVE. thats what I get for trying to type fast! my mistake sorry for the confusion
Haha well Bill I guess getting called out like that helps you remember from time to time! I think that’s absolutely fantastic that they are incorporating fire service history into the firefighter course. Thanks for the boost brother.
I could'nt disagree more!....... well sort of.
I assume you guys are commenting from the carrer side of things, which then I would maybe agree with you. History of the fire service is an important factor, but from my perspective in the state of WI. on the volunteer side you only need to have entry level training which is 60 hours. 60 hours is not enough time to even teach the basics, let alone devote much time to fire history. Even in the certified fifefighter I course that is 96 hours is not enough time. Firefighter II course covers the history a little more.
How do you add fire history to a training schedule when you don't have time to teach the basics?
I run both career and volunteer and we are basically covering the aspect of passing the tourch regardless of if its in class or at the coffee table the next morning at shift change. I can't think of any state that has the time to get into the details of fire service history when teaching fire school. Ohio FFI is 136 hours and the Vol Cert. is 36 and there is no way that this is enough time to teach the history. That is why I feel we need to explain this and work it into what WE train the members when they finish the academy. Thats all