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Recruit, Rookie and Probationary Firefighters

The leap from cadet to on-shift firefighter can be daunting; here’s how to manage those first impressions you leave and build bonds with the crew
We asked FireRescue1 readers what seasoned advice they would offer their younger selves, and they delivered
Follow these 20 rules from Day 1 to lay the foundation for a long and successful career in the fire service
There’s a greater-than-ever demand for wildland firefighters; here’s how to get started
Amid repeated setbacks and naysayers attitudes, I pushed forward to achieve my fire department dream
Rockford firefighters and the Illinois Fire Service Institute joined together to create a skills event for fire department cadets
It’s a tough job to land, but a great career once you do; here’s a look at what you need to do to go from applicant to rookie
Start your new member on the right foot by getting to know them better and sharing key insights about the profession
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
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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