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The Question
by FR1 Community

What would you change about your fire recruit school experience?

We gathered the most compelling responses and invite you to join in by adding your own opinion in the comment section below

By FireRescue1 Staff

The process of becoming a firefighter is not easy. It requires a heavy amount of patience, hard work, dedication and perseverance.

We asked readers on Facebook to tell us what they would change about their fire recruit school experience. We gathered the most compelling responses and shared them below. We now invite you to join in by adding your own opinion in the comment section below.

"More hands-on training and less classroom time." — Michael Holdren

"The only thing I would ask is that after the test, anything that was wrong or missed be given to the recruit so he or she knows what they missed and what the correct answer is." —Walt Myers

"Additional fire behavior and survival should be made part of the academy. Even a 48-hour course would be way more practical information than the rest of the academy." — Lance Fager

"More practices of forcible entries into a building using the latest equipment." — Ayaz Khattak

"Scenario-based training and they must be staged according to the modern needs and varieties." — Rashid Mahmood

"My Firefighter 1 course was great, but didn’t prepare me at all for car accidents and extrication, which would have been nice." — Eric Secora

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Christopher Dorrer Christopher Dorrer Monday, June 23, 2014 8:30:48 AM I agree 100% on more training and the lack there of. The major issue with this is the fact that most depts. are volunteer. with volunteer depts. come usually the responsibility of the state to train the new recruits. In NY OFPC supplies the instructors to every county and correct me if i'm wrong the also tell each county how many training hours they are allotted every year. the instructors get paid. Now along the lines with basic skillsts that should be taught for us working the scene yes they should go more in depth. Most instructors make it clear that what they teach doesn't really certify us. the courses teach us the basic skills and knowledge so that we don't get killed or seriously hurt. the basic firefighter 1 class is current 94 hours I believe and the state is looking to increase. In my opinion and this is a wide spread one. leave it to the depts. we belong to to train us how we need to do extrication or specialties that our dept offers or basic skills. that way there isn't any confusion on to how it is done or having to reteach habits. but on a side note I think training should be more indepts and more skills and hands on

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