What to expect initially?
As someone who has recently applied to the local volunteer outfit, I was wondering what can be expected initially? I am hoping to get in right after I turn 18, and from my understanding I don't have a lot to worry about. However I was wondering what to expect initially. I know I was told that it will take a while to get into FF1, and rightfully so I want to take my time to learn the 'business' in and out before proceeding further on.
I have to complete Basic Life Support (BLS) training during my probation, although hopefully as close to immediately as possible. Is this something that is generally handled 'in-house?' Is it wise to try and get done a lot of medical training as soon as possible, beyond just the basics? I don't really anticipate going EMT...
I know that I can expect to be a 'go-fer' for the first few months, but what kind of 'activities' can I expect to be performing? I don't anticipate charging into fires! However can I expect to be involved with MVAs (not looking forward to it..) and that kind of stuff?
Is there anything that I should try to get done as soon as possible in terms of additional, independent training/preparation? I know FEMA offers online classes, are these worth getting done or a waste of time?
I live in New England, so we aren't a wildfire area (as bad as say California.... although we do have some, such as the Blue Hills in Massachusetts, which are always burning...)
I apologise for any grammatical errors.