Trainings

Probationary Firefighter Program

Whether full time, part time, or volunteer, all new members in the organization are placed in a 6-month probationary period. This allows the organization to evaluate the PFFs knowledge, skills, and abilities and to determine if they are a good fit for the organization. The PFF and the on duty crews share in the responsibility of making the probationary period a success. First and foremost, the PFF has the responsibility to learn the material required of them within the PFF program and to make themselves available for an adequate amount of time during their probationary period to complete their task book and other material within the PFF program. Secondly, the on duty crews present when a PFF is schedule to be on duty has a responsibility to prioritize the training of the PFF during the time the PFF is on duty.

The PFF will be scheduled to work several shifts during their probationary period in order to train and to masker skills in their task book. Depending on circumstances and staffing needs, the PFF may be scheduled as either a 4th person or 5th person on the crew. Each shift will be associated with a specific training module in their PFF program. It is the responsibility of the on duty crew to train with the PFF on the material contained within each module. Whenever possible, training should be conducted as a crew activity so that several members may evaluate the PFF’s performance and to increase the PFF’s familiarity with the various crews. Officers are expected to regularly supervise these training modules so they may directly train, observe, and express their expectations and preferences for the PFF when functioning as a member of their crew.

DIRECTION ON DOCUMENTATION:

  1. The PFF will need to print the PFF Task Book and each skill sheet.
  2. An on-duty crew member that evaluates a PFF on a skill will fill out and sign off on the skill sheet.
  3. The on-duty crew member should also be presented with the task book to sign off on any sections that have been completed successfully.
  4. The PFF will need to retain all documentation so it is turned it to the Battalion Chief upon completion of the PFF Program.
  5. A module is not considered complete until all skills and all segments of the module within the task book are signed off. There may be more segments to sign off in the task book in a given module than there are skill sheets for that module. One exception is the segments of the task book that list the handbook, chores list, policies and best practices, and COGs – these will all be part of a written exam at the end of the probationary period.
  6. On Officer or Hi-C Lt should look over the task book and skills when a module is completed and send an email to the Battalion Chief if the individual has completed the module.
  7. PFFs that have completed Module 1 are eligible to pick up shifts to cover for personnel shortages.

PROBATIONARY FIREFIGHTER TRAINING PROGRAM MODULES:

Probationary Firefighter Task Book

Module 1: (Refer to Module 1 on the task book for a full listing of requirements)

Skill: Accessing computer systems
Skill: Use of handheld and mobile radios
Skill: Donning of PPE
Skill: Donning of SCBA (coat or OTH)
Skill: Donning of SCBA (seat)
Skill: Changing a SCBA Cylinder
Skill: Inspection of SCBA and PASS

Study: Basic Probationary Firefighter Orientation
Study: Introduction to “The Station Ready Rookie”
Study: Radio Use and Communications Practices
Study: ESD5 Personnel Handbook
Study: MFR Station/Apparatus Weekly Chores List
Study: Policies/Best Practices: A101, A104, A105, A110, A201, A202, A610, A708, A711, B104, B401, B402, B403
Study: Clinical Operating Guidelines

Module 2: (Refer to Module 2 on the task book for a full listing of requirements)

Skill: Engine Inventory Knowledge
Skill: Use of PS Trax (coming soon)
Skill: RIT Pack Inspection and Use
Skill: Deployment and Loading of Attack Lines

Study: Engine Inventory Sheet
Study: Apparatus Checks (Department Best Practices D101)
Study: PS Trax User Videos: | Vehicle and Station Module | SCBA Module | PPE Module |Study: VIDEO: Scott RIT Pack III Orientation
Study: Hose Loads and Deployments
Study: High-Rise Hose Pack Guide | VIDEO |
Study: High-Rise Hose Deployment: | Part 1 VIDEO | Part 2 VIDEO |
Study: ESD5 Personnel Handbook
Study: MFR Station/Apparatus Weekly Chores List
Study: Policies/Best Practices: A102, A103, A106, A107, A108, A301, A302, A303, A401, A402, A403, A404, A405, B315
Study: Clinical Operating Guidelines

Module 3: (Refer to Module 3 on the task book for a full listing of requirements)

Skill: Brush Truck Inventory Knowledge
Skill: Wildland Hose Loads and Deployments
Skill: Operating CAFS Attack Lines
Skill: Water Supply Operations

Study: Brush Truck Inventory Sheet
Study: Apparatus Checks (Department Best Practices D101)
Study: Wildland Hose Loads
Study: CAFS Operations
Study: Water Supply Operations 1
Study: ESD5 Personnel Handbook
Study: MFR Station/Apparatus Weekly Chores List
Study: Policies/Best Practices: A109, A713, A801, B101, B102, B103, B303, B319, E101, E102, E301
Study: Clinical Operating Guidelines

Module 4: (Refer to Module 4 on the task book for a full listing of requirements)

Skill: Tender Inventory Knowledge
Skill: Tender Nursing Operations
Skill: Drop Tank and Shuttle Operations

Study: Tender Inventory Sheet
Study: Apparatus Checks (Department Best Practices D101)
Study: Water Supply Operations 2
Study: ESD5 Personnel Handbook
Study: MFR Station/Apparatus Weekly Chores List
Study: Policies/Best Practices: F101, F102, F201, F301
Study: Clinical Operating Guidelines

Module 5: (Refer to Module 5 on the task book for a full listing of requirements)

Skill: Deployment and Use of Master Streams
Skill: Medical Incident Documentation
Skill: MDC Functions

Study: Master Stream Operations
Study: Incident Documentation
Study: MDC Orientation
Study: ESD5 Personnel Handbook
Study: MFR Station/Apparatus Weekly Chores List
Study: Clinical Operating Guidelines

Module 6: (Refer to Module 6 on the task book for a full listing of requirements)

Skill: Ladder Deployments

Study: Ladders

Exam: PFF Exam (covering Personnel Handbook, Chores List, Policies and Best Practices, The Station Ready Rookie)
[100 Question, Multiple Choice]

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