1. Personal Protective Gear:
Ensuring that new firefighters are outfitted with the necessary personal protective gear is an essential part of the probationary process. This includes items such as turnout coats, boots, helmets, gloves, and other safety equipment.
2. Job Knowledge:
Recruits must have a basic understanding of their duties and responsibilities, and be able to demonstrate the necessary knowledge during their probationary period. This includes topics such as fire safety, hazardous materials response, emergency medical services, building construction, and other areas of expertise.
3. Firefighting Skills:
Learning standard procedures for fighting fires is a key part of the probationary process. Recruits must be trained in the methods used to contain and extinguish fires, including hose handling techniques, ventilation practices, salvage operations, and more.
4. Rescue Procedures:
Knowing how to respond correctly in an emergency is critical for new firefighters. During the probationary period, they will need to practice rescue scenarios involving trapped victims or hazardous material spills.
5. Medical Services:
Probationary firefighters should also have a basic understanding of medical services, such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) use. In addition, they should be familiar with the principles of triage and patient assessment.
6. Vehicle Operations:
Operating a fire apparatus safely is an essential part of the job for new firefighters. They must demonstrate their abilities to drive a truck in emergencies and understand how to use additional equipment such as ladders or hydraulic tools safely.
7. Incident Management:
Knowing how to respond correctly during an emergency incident is vital for all firefighters, including probationary personnel. During their probationary period, they should become familiar with incident command systems and learn how to communicate effectively with other first responders.
8. Weekly Evaluations:
It is important to have a system in place for tracking the progress of recruits, and conducting regular weekly evaluations can help with this. During these evaluations, probationary firefighters should demonstrate their abilities and receive feedback on areas where they need additional training or instruction.