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Probationary Firefighter Training Programs: Setting and Raising the Bar

Wednesday, April 17
Classroom Session

Probationary firefighter training programs set the bar for what is expected of our newest members. These members represent not only the present but also the future. If we seek to continuously “raise the bar” within our respective organizations, we must learn how to best prepare, engage, and inform our probationary firefighters. Their initiative, attitude, and performance (IAP) set the stage for what will ultimately become their legacy. How we decide to accept and shape their values, beliefs, and skill sets will become our legacy. This class provides a start-to-finish framework that is compliant with the requirements and standards referenced in NFPA 1001. Topics include developing the probationary firefighter training manual, building organizational culture, succession planning, implementing a coaching and mentoring system, reverse mentoring, performance appraisals, and building operational readiness.

Jesse Marcotte, Training Chief - Northville Township Fire Department