PROBATIONARY TRAINING STANDARDS
New members can be either Operational or Administrative members. Initial training for both categories of membership begins with Department Orientation. Operational members must also attend Initial Safety Training Class (IST).
Operational and Administration members have a progression of training requirements, which are governed by the department’s standard operating guidelines (SOG). Each member must complete the appropriate training according to those SOG’s.
Minimum Training Requirements/Time Line
• “Not later than twelve
(12) months after the month of appointment, each operational member (firefighter)
shall enroll in the Essentials of Firefighting Course or any other equivalent
courses of study.”
The training is divided between the Buck’s County Community College, Pennsylvania State Fire Academy, any other state certified training, and in house training.
The following is a step-by-step progression of the training PROBATIONARY FIREFIGHTERS will complete.
1) Department Orientation Class: This is an introduction to the fire service, and is required training under department SOG’s. This course includes department’s history, by-laws, SOG’s, and probationary requirements.
2) Introduction to Safety Training (IST) Class: This is an introduction to expose the basics needs to understand some fundamental principles for the fire service.
3) After completion of these two requirements the firefighter can begin in-house training, also be issued a pager and turn out gear. Station training is divided into phases. The specifics of each phase are outlined in the next portion of this manual.
4) In- house Training: The firefighter will participate in training and drills as outlined in this manual. The firefighter will progress through five phases of riding capacity, (on the suppression side) in the following order:
• PHASE I: The firefighter will be cleared in all aspects of Layout position before riding. During this period of training, and before moving to the next phase.
According to Standard Operating Guide Lines, no firefighter may be permitted or authorized during emergency operations to enter a burning building or other structure until such time as the may have completed or enrolled (at least 60 hours) to obtain the Essentials of Firefighting. Therefore, the firefighter will not progress to the next phase of in-house training unless enrolled into the Essentials of Firefighting Class or obtained clearance in writing by the Chief and two additional line officers to do so.
• PHASE II: This is the second level of riding the firefighter will attain at Station 43. During this period, and before moving to the next phase, the firefighter must have a minimum of 16 hours of in-house training and be enlisted in Essentials of Firefighting.
• PHASE III: This is the third level of riding the firefighter will attain at Station 43. However, the instructor for mask drills shall create scenarios that are more vigorous and demanding than the non-mask drills. Including skills taught in Firefighter I.
• PHASE IV: This level of riding status can be interjected at any level of training, provided the member has completed the training up to PHASE II.
• PHASE V: This level of riding status the firefighter will be at least age 18 years of age and also complete the Essentials of Firefighting.
• PHASE VI: This is the level in which you will be taught how to driving and operating apparatus owned by the Browndale Fire Company.
The firefighter will train for the next phase while he or she is riding in their current level. The firefighter will train for Phase I after he or she has completed department orientation and IST. Only line officers can clear a firefighter to ride at a higher phase.
During the in-house training, the firefighter will be given check off sheets. After each drill or training session, the firefighter is to get the Officer in charge of the session to sign off that particular portion of the required training, if the Officer in charge of the session feels he or she is competent in the exercise.
After the probationary requirements have been met, the member can apply for regular membership with the department. The department requires a minimum of Essentials of Firefighting or equivalent.
After completing probationary
requirements, for general productivity and safety, the member is encouraged
to continue his or her training. Some courses encouraged are: Driver
Training, Firefighter I, II, Vehicle Rescue, & Safety and Survival.