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    How does your fire department differentiate between a probationary firefighter and a regular firefighter? Do you give probies green helmets? Do you attach something on the back of their coat to distinguish a probie from a regular firefighter? Thanks for the help.

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    Probies in our department wear solid orange tets on their lids, once they are off probation they get the orange/silver tri-color tets.
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    Im sure everywhere is going to be different, here you are on probation for one year. You have a 3 mo, 6 mo, and year test on skills, sops, and sogs. You fail your fired, you pass the year test your off probation. We all have yellow helmets and the same gear. At first your stuck on the senior hosemans or your officers coat pocket, at least until you show them your capable and trustworthy. Even then you dont have alot of leway until your year is up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FirefighterEMT1 View Post
    How does your fire department differentiate between a probationary firefighter and a regular firefighter?
    The probies would be the ones with the mop or scrub brush in their hands and the regular FFs would be the ones asleep in front of the TV or on the computer surfing the web.


    Seriously, we don't have any sort of "probie markings" on our PPE. We're a small enough department that we don't need it. Plus at this point our "probies" coming in all have prior training/experience so we don't necessarily have the same issues that come with a "green" recruit.


    A prior volunteer company I was with uses a different color (blue) helmet to identify the "probies".

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    My previous department required probationary firefighters to put yellow tape across the raised parts of the 1010 helmet so from the top of the helmet it looked like a big yellow x. Probationaries there really didn't have many stipulations other than that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FireMedic049 View Post
    The probies would be the ones with the mop or scrub brush in their hands and the regular FFs would be the ones asleep in front of the TV or on the computer surfing the web.
    Straight up, straight up.

    We used to have the word "Probationary" on their helmets until a woman refused to let a probie help her on a call because she wanted help from someone who was not in trouble. Apparently she thought "Probationary" meant "bad apple". Now we place a Maltese Cross with a "P" cut out of the center on their helmets until their first year is up.
    If your going to cry about doing the job you signed up for do us all a favor and quit, there are plenty of dedicated people standing in line for the best job in the world.

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