In-house training as opposed to state academy?
I was hoping to get your input on this ideology that is practised by the department I am hoping to join up with.
I met with the department and it definitely seems like a great group. However their training policy slightly concerns me both in an optimistic 'thats awesome' and a pessimistic 'that seems like an accident waiting to happen' way. I will elaborate:
They said that their training is entirely in-house, and that they don't use the Firefighter I +II courses whether you have them or you need them. They said that they do it in a Boot Camp sort of way:
--Everyone starts off 'the same': You have a list of requirements you need signed off on in order to progress past induction stage. To finish induction stage, which focuses on familiarisation with your kit and Scott Pak qualification, you get taken into a Level 1 Burn.
--From here you have to complete an additional set of requirements to exit your Probie period. During this time you're active on scenes, getting signatures as you go under the guidance of a badged member. Then you test.
--From here you become badged, get full privileges, etc. You also become attached to a specific unit: aerial, engine, rescue.
They said that the induction stage takes about a month to complete, and then the probie period an additional approximate six months; these numbers are loosely quantified due to schedules, with no fixed training times.
I do quite enjoy the principle behind this, since FF1 and 2 classes are a pain to get into, at least around here, but at the same time it is concerning to say the least. The times work out to be somewhat the same, and I hear they do pretty decent at it, but in a business where you trust the guy next to you with your life, is this an okay policy to mess around with?
Any opinions on this training scheme?
I hope this is coherent enough! And as a site note, I apologise to those who replied to my last thread; I apparently never responded after I got busy with some stuff (graduation and what-not,) sorry and thanks for the replies! I noticed that today, but I didn't want to revive the thread a month later...