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Recruit, Rookie and Probationary Firefighters

What I learned about myself – and the fire service – by attending rookie school two times, 20 years apart
An 18-year-old Allen High School graduate collapsed while participating in a citizen’s fire academy training
Leaders who model “not knowing” foster environments where members feel they can explore new ideas and offer solutions
While completing fire academy training is a rigorous challenge that’s not for everyone, it’s a necessity if you want to enter the rewarding field of firefighting
The Capital Region Firefighter program launches a 100 Teens-to-Lifesavers Challenge
Council petition seeks to cut the time spent in training in half, getting cadets into the academy faster
The California Highway Patrol said Recruit Jacob Fuerte was in an earlier collision before exiting his vehicle and was not in a hit-and-run incident
A friendly game of dodgeball allows Plaistow junior firefighters to learn about managing their air supply
A fire department recruit was fatally injured while on the scene of a collision on the 101 Freeway
The firefighting career field is very competitive; here’s a quick breakdown of what you should and should not do as you prepare to join the fire service
“What I’ve found is we’re all treated as equals here— it doesn’t matter how young or old you are —you’re a firefighter,” Cheat Lake VFD Firefighter Peggy Paulick said
The idea for a First Responders’ Village was first pitched as a way to help retain young volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel who otherwise might not be able to afford to live in town
One of the graduates, Probationary Firefighter Brian Sullivan, is the son of Lt. Christopher Sullivan of Ladder 111, who was last seen racing up the stairs inside 1 World Trade Center to help those still trapped inside
Decatur Fire & Rescue usually does lateral hires to fill firefighter positions
Plus, 10 tips for new firefighters on how to maximize their SCBA
“I’m still pretty badass at 75, but I wish I had done it sooner,” Mary Jarschke said as she prepares to graduate as a volunteer firefighter
Calley Thierfelder joined the Northville Volunteer Fire Department and the New Milford Junior Police Cadets
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Take a look at how some departments are acknowledging their probationary firefighters’ graduations
Plaistow’s program was launched in Oct. 2022 and has seen its number of junior firefighters more than double
Cold weather is brutal on firefighting equipment and even more so on firefighters
Success in the firefighter interview is about far more than answering the questions
Firefighters from Colonial Park, Paxtonia and Linglestown fire companies can register for 4, 8 or 12-hour shifts, earning $10 per hour
Gresham firefighters reported various hazardous conditions, including sewage leaks and and lack of protective sleeping quarters
Gainesville officials hope the new work schedule will enhance first responders’ work-life balance and boost recruitment
Since 2000, the number of volunteer firefighters in Pennsylvania has dropped from 60,000 to 38,000
Bloomington’s new policy removes the paramedic licensing requirement to help increase the applicant pool
Alexander Griffin died during a run pursuing his dream of becoming a firefighter like his brother