Thread: probie help

  1. #1
    garrett Guest

    Talking probie help

    just started probation with a decent sized dept. anyone out there have any good tips on how to survive and excell on probation? any ideas on special training or duties that were above and beyond? im just trying to be the best i can be. please no bashing, just honest suggestions. thank you.

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    fireeater650 Guest


    dont try to act like a hard ***, say yes sir(or maam) to your officers, do things that you dont have to do, like washing trucks, also ask questions if you dont know, it will make then think that you are really trying to catch on, basically just give your best effort

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    SRVFD2 Guest

    Thumbs up

    You've got the attitude to make it!! I like the previous comments - add to that a sense of humor and you should have it made. I sure wish you the best of luck anyway!!

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    Staylow Guest


    The best thing I can think of; Keep your mouth shut, and your eyes and ears open. Always be helpful without being pushy. Good luck!

  5. #5
    Smoke286 Guest


    Learn to cook!

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    suprdan276 Guest


    try to be the above and beyond, do all that is asked and then some. Always be open to training, and always take the pranks and laugh with them it will make the integration easier, i know from experiance

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    fireff413 Guest


    Always look busy...EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT...Carry a rag in your pocket and when your officers or senior firefighters are around appear to be doing something productive (washing the windows on the trucks, doing the cooking / dishes, etc...). Besides that show the initative to learn, without being pushy. GOOD LUCK AND STAY SAFE!

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    lumpy649 Guest


    Well... don't just APPEAR tp be doing something productive, actually do it. Take every opportunity to learn, and study, and gain experience; it not only shows that you are interested, it may also save your life. Also, learn about the history of this line of work... and never forget why you are here, no matter how trying things become. And remember this quote, it'll carry you through tough times...

    "You have to deal with 90% of this job to get to the 10% you actually enjoy."

    *Laughing...* Good luck, probie...

  9. #9
    fieryred Guest


    Being that I am a probie myself I will let you in on some of the stuff that I do around here.
    - always be willing to volunteer
    - keep the coffee pot full
    - cooking for the guys doesn't hurt
    - start your morning chores before everyone else is done breakfast
    - be self motivated, find things to do
    - have a great attitude and a sense of
    - know your truck(s) & department
    - listen to the senior guys...they can teach you alot and ask questions. That is what they are there for.
    - there are always things to read, keep up on the latest techniques.
    - don't over do'll look like your trying to hard to get them to like you. They'll let you know when you are one of them.
    - for the first little while keep your eyes/ears open, and mouth closed. (it sounds harsh but it's true, you're a probie)
    - and above all...if they are bugging you in a good way they like you. If they aren't talking to you, you might want to look at what you are/or aren't doing.

    Welcome to the Fire Service...hope this helps

    take care and stay safe.

    [This message has been edited by fieryred (edited 02-24-2001).]

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    Adler Guest


    All of these posts are excellent information. However, sometimes believe it or not, the good guys will notice you doing all of the work and will tell you to calm down and take a break. When they say this...They mean "Chill Out Boy". They were all probies and know you wanna set a good impression. They will let you do all of the work for a while, but they also know when enough is enough. When you get to that point, you have earned their respect. Take advantage of it. It doesn't mean the you can slack off after that. Still make sure your chores are done, and if you are extremely bored, help out with dishes, or someone else. Also, TEACH THE NEW PROBIES. Always remember some of the things you have learned as a probie. Make sure that you help them. Lastly, ask questions, questions, questions. This shows that you are interested in learning. Good Luck....

    [This message has been edited by Adler (edited 02-26-2001).]

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    Althea Forhan Guest


    Learn to cook!

    This is one of my Mom's favorite recipies for the fire station.E-mail me for "secret ingredient"

    "Really Good Stew"

    1/4 pound stew beef per person
    a potato or two per person
    a sensible amount of carrots
    2 parts "secret ingredient" 1 part water (enough to cover other ingredients)
    maybe some salt

    Brown meat in frying pan. Chop vegeatables into hearty chunks. Stick all ingredients into a pot. Cover with afore mentioned solution of secret ingredient. Stew it for as long as it takes for the veggies to soften. All amounts are aproximate. Feel free to expirement with the recipie, but don't blame me for what could happen. Make sure liquid boils during cooking process!

    Mom's gonna kill me.


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    actionj21 Guest


    hey guy best thing you can do is learn from the senior membership. just follow orders and get all the training you can . thats all i can pretty much tell ya to do. ive been doin it for 5 years nowand i was scared ****less when i first started .any way take care and stay safe . and check out our web site when ya get a chance .


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    E_man9RFD Guest


    Keep eyes and ears open. Keep opinions to a minimum. Maintain a good sense of humor! (You're gonna need it!) Learn to cook well, and don't be a phoney.

    Oh, yeah... read my quotes. They will help.

    Eng. Co. 9

    "In all of us there are heroes... speak to them and they will come forth."

    "In order for us to achieve all that is demanded of us, we must regard ourselves as greater than we are."

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    trumpeter75 Guest


    When the guys talk, LISTEN. You may pick up a useful morsel or to while they're swapping stories. Learn your truck inside and out, and impress the guys with your knowledge when they least expect it. Do the little houskeeping jobs that nobody else likes to do. Do what's asked of you to the best of your ability. Get training and schooling above and beyond your basic fire school (go to conferences, seminars, etc).

    Enjoy yourself!

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    klingerjr33 Guest


    here's the best thing i've found that seems to work for newer junior firefighter's in my company. find a person that you know has done this for a long time and has a great understanding for the job and the KNOWLEDGE!!!!!
    Every chance you get while your at the hall whether it be hangoing out or a work drill night....never stop asking questions and continue asking questions and even if you're there by your self go over the appartus and get to the point where someone can ask you for a tool or piece of equipment from every truck and you be able to get it quickly and also as our standing in front of them tell them what it's used for and on what kind of calls and that sort of stuff. if you don't know ASK!!!!!!!!! It's a lot of hard work and determination but it pays off in the long run.
    if you need more ideas of drills to do and ways to help memorize stuff. email me at:

    GOOD LUCK!!!
    Robert A. Klinger, Jr.
    stay safe!!!

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    Althea got one thing wrong in her recipe--- NEVER, EVER, boil stew beef. It toughens the meat.
    In our dept. we call it "Naked Stew" because it has no spices. :-)

    Hint: the secret ingredient is Irish...

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    johnusn971 Guest


    I'd say something productive to you and helpful..but that just wouldn't be my style, so instead, I'm say something sarcastic and funny...

    Go stock up on Mr Clean, Mops, and rags.
    Oh while you are at it, it don't hurt to make the House CO's (if multiple rig house) bunk in the morning.

    Doc DC3

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    Firemedic7567 Guest


    HEy man let me tell you I did the volly thing for ten years before coming a fulltime ff / paramedic. My words of advice..
    1) Keep your mouth shut (you can talk but don't have an opion) for the first 5 years.
    2) Ask questions !!!
    3) You better know how to cook, if not you better learn. (I like cookies)
    4) Learn all you can, study the maps, SOP's & SOG's, policies and procedures.
    5) Know you trucks and equipment, inside and out.
    6) Kepp your eyes and ears open at ALL times.
    7) HAVE FUN !!!!!!
    8) Last but not least the most important thing, I like my vehicle cleaned once a week.

    Good luck to you probie, you'll do a good job, just hang in there.
    If you ever become a fulltime FF remember where you came from.

  19. #19
    RookieFireFighter Guest


    Originally posted by URSULAFORHAN:
    Althea got one thing wrong in her recipe--- NEVER, EVER, boil stew beef. It toughens the meat.
    In our dept. we call it "Naked Stew" because it has no spices. :-)

    Hint: the secret ingredient is Irish...
    Lucky Charms??

  20. #20
    Althea Forhan Guest


    Hardly. You may have difficulty obtaining ingredient due to age. As I said, e-mail me and I'll give it to you.


  21. #21
    RICKENFD197 Guest


    Hi, let me first welcome you to the fire service. I've seen a lot of good suggestions. the one I usually give is watch and learn. the fire service is on the job training. As well as class work and hands on. My other tip is always carry a tool with you. I'm sure someone will put you to work with it. also learn were everything is on the eng. So when someone asked for a tool. You know right were it is. Once again enjoy the brotherhood.

  22. #22
    MFFJoe Guest


    You certainly have some good info from your brothers and sisters here. It's nice to see the gang help someone rather than the occasional bickering that decorates these posts. That said, (1) try to avoid having a negative attitude at work. This seems unlikely now as you are new. At times, the senior folks may gripe about things and I would recommend avoiding this. Although it is nice to be one of them this is the time to stay quiet. Once a person develops a rep for a bad attitude it is hard to shake. (2)I would also recommend finding a good mentor. (3) Never forget how lucky you are to be a part of this profession. (4) Last but not least: keep improving yourself. Those who do not keep up with their training and education may find their opportunities to be limited in the future.

    Good luck and welcome aboard.

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