Candidates who successfully complete the Basic Firefighter Operations academy and Hazardous Materials Operations courses will be assigned to a 4-week orientation program. During this period, the candidate will be trained on specific DPFD SOP’s, general operational assignments and become more familiar with the on-duty expectations of our members.
Off-duty instructors will assist and mentor the candidate through a comprehensive application of the Basic Firefighter Operations certificiation as the skills apply to our procedures.
At the start of week 4, the candidate will be assigned a day assignment to a specific company to further learn the apparatus and function. They will respond on all emergency and participate in all other non-emergency functions during that tour.
The next phase will include a 10-Shift Operational Readiness Shift Assignment where a combination of EMS and Fire Suppression/Rescue objectives will be trained on and evaluated by a qualified mentor.
At the completion of this phase, a written examination, face-to-face meeting and discussion between mentor, candidate, operations staff will take place to determine and evaluate if the candidate is prepared for shift assignment.
If assigned to shift, a daily evaluation is completed by the company officer and candidate during the entire probationary period. (see story box on this page for link to evaluation).