What myself and a few other members are trying to do, is create almost an "Intro" packet to our department. Aside from a copy of the by-laws, SOP's, SOG's, etc. We would like to comply a few pages of just general knowledge that a new firefighter should have. Including how you should act, your role, and information about the department itself. Now we have the basics down, but I'm wondering if anyone has suggestions, or even a copy of their own! I'm sure were not the first department to come up with this idea, but I figure it would be really good reading material for anyone new to the fire service. Weather the new members actually read it or not, well that would be their choice.
Anyone have similar experience with this, or maybe input? I'm looking at pretty much everything. I do understand that 98% of this packet must be department specific, but input would be of great help! Thanks!!!
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03-12-2012, 05:52 AM #1
Creating a "Intro" to my department...Firefighter 1/ PA EMT-B
03-12-2012, 10:47 AM #2
We're just finishing re-doing our rookie book. It contains copies of the by-laws, SOP's (both for the company and the county), FAQ's about the station and the fire service in general, a history of our department, and expectations. It also contains the check-off sheets that the rookies are required to have accomplished by the end of their six-month probation. This is their bible, and they're expected to have it at the ready anytime they're at the station during their probation.Career Fire Lieutenant
Volunteer Chief Officer
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03-12-2012, 10:14 PM #3
- Join Date
- Sep 2007
We are in the process of completing what we call the Firefighter Handbook. It covers just about everything. The FD History, application process, mission statement, organizational chart, firefighter classifications, DOG’s ,By Laws, Response Plans, Reimbursement Plan, Insurance Coverage and general rules….
03-12-2012, 10:34 PM #4
How about including a run summary for the past couple of years - how many, what kind? Make sure they know it's not all sitting in a chair on the ramp watching traffic go by (or one run after another, for that matter).
Don't forget about your recruit's significant other. I'm sure we've all got a story or two about a good member we lost when the "honey-do" list suddenly started to overwhelm fire department participation. They need to know from the get-go just exactly what you expect out of their husband/wife/boy or girlfriend.Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.
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03-12-2012, 11:31 PM #5
For the above posters, is there a way I can get a copy of your books? I'd like to see how you guys did this. This is the first time I'm doing something like this. I can say, I will not just print it out and use it as ours.Firefighter 1/ PA EMT-B
03-14-2012, 07:39 AM #6
- Join Date
- Jun 2002
- Glenn Dale Md, Heart of the P.G. County Fire Belt....
We also have a "Rookie Book", and like my esteemed colleague from Virginia, we require the new folks to learn it. Ours covers a lot of "Need to know for the job" info, but we haven't put in a lot of Historical info. How you construct your Book, and what you put in it, should reflect your Department's situation. Here, getting folks "On the Road" is a priority, History and other "Non Operational" info can come later..........Never use Force! Get a Bigger Hammer.
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03-14-2012, 09:52 AM #7
- Join Date
- Oct 1999
- Why? It's not like you're going to visit me! But I'm near Waco, Texas
I would like a copy if anyone has one handy as well. We've had to do a complete over haul of the entire department within the last year and anything will come in handy.NREMT-P\ Volunteer Fire Chief\Tactical Paramedic
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03-17-2012, 07:57 PM #8
- Join Date
- Oct 2001
- Schenectady, NY
I come from a simpler time like HWOODS. Over the years we seem to make rocket science out of everything. As a new member I think all I need is a copy of the By-laws, SOG/SOP's (what ever you want to call them) and the code of conduct. They should tell you 99% of what you really need to know in the beginning.Stephen J Bourassa
Latham FD (NY)
member since 1969
challenge competitor since 1993
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