14 Tips: Start Off on the Right Foot as a New Firefighter - Part I

The phrase "you never have a second chance to make a first impression" is important.


The old phrase "you never have a second chance to make a first impression" is a very important phrase to live by. So many people make their first impression to be a not-so-memorable one, and wish they could have it all over to do again. Unfortunately that usually never occurs. Life is not supposed...


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When I was a student firefighter (a work experience program through Chabot College) with for the Oakland Fire Department, I used to work under an Engineer named Angelo Primas (who I believe is now a Captain) that would always like to go over things after dinner and during the down time of the day. He used to take me out to the apparatus and ask me what certain tools where for. He would spend many hours into the evening hours asking me questions about the tools and equipment. Where is this item carried? What is it used for? How would you use it? One regret I have is not asking him more questions, and not picking his brain more to get to some of that information; he was a wealth of information that obviously enjoyed and understood the importance of passing on his knowledge to the younger individuals that were just starting their careers in the fire service.

 

Next month's article will have the remaining seven (7) tips to get you started on the right foot as a newly hired probationary firefighter.