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    Question Volunteer Performance evaluations

    I am a volunteer fire chief who is trying to bring back some of the pride and dicipline to our fire department. In my discussions and leadership classes I have found that we appear to be missing the dreaded performance evaluation. I am trying to see if there are departments that evaluate their volunteers and what form or format they use. Any help would be appreciated.

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    Only during the probie year in the traditional sense. Probies undergo a quarterly review with their Captain who rates them on a three-tier scale: "exceeds expectations", "meets expectations" or "does not meet expectations". This is based on the Captain's personal observation of the probie's activities, and includes their rates for call, drill and meeting attendence (we have set minimums for regular members, and more stringent ones for probies).

    As far as other members go, the only thing that is close is the biannual attendance rate review. Any member who does not meet their minimums is issued a warning letter, unless they're on a leave of absence (medical, military or personal) or are specifically exempted by their Captain for extenuating circumstances. If they receive a warning letter, they have 6 months to meet their minimums, or they face disciplinary action (which can include reduction in rank or even dismissal if its a continuing problem). During these 6 months, they have to meet with their Captain and a BC every month to review their progress.
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    What is your minimum attendance policy.

    R DeKorver, Chief Eagle Mountain Fire

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    Regular members
    15% of all calls
    25% of all drills
    25% of all meetings and special events

    Probationary members
    25% of all calls
    50% of all drills
    50% of all meetings and special events

    Reserve members
    10% of all calls
    6 drills per 6 month period
    25% of all meetings and special events
    Chris Gaylord
    Emergency Planner / Fire Captain, UC Santa Cruz FD

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    Thanks Chris

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    Chris,
    You wouldn't happen to have a criteria for the promotion of firefighters too would you? You stats for attendance requirements are very interesting.

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    While the department I am currently on does not have a evaluation program, my previous department did.
    I do not have the form, but it covered the following and was rated on a 1 to 4 scale (1 being poor/4 being excellent)

    - Department Drill attendence
    (requirement was 75%)
    - Outside training
    (no requirement, though 2 outside classes per year was recoomended)
    - Call attendence
    (no minimum requirements though "target" was 20%)
    - Truck Crew attendence
    (work details, reveiew of monthly truck inspections)
    - Special Functions attendence
    (Open House, parades, unscheduled work nights, hose testing, etc)
    - Administrative duties (Officers & Truck Engineers)
    Were they completed ? On-Time? Did you offer any new ideas or
    start new programs ?
    - Attitude
    - Professionalism

    I hope this helps you.

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